Star Wars fans received news that they would be returning to a Galaxy, Far, Far Away for Memorial Day weekend.
Lucasfilm released new details about Han Solo's first adventure before he ever crossed paths with Luke Skywalker and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will showcase the young Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) exploring the Star Wars' criminal underworld where he meets his faithful and longtime sidekick, Chewbacca, and crosses paths with Cloud City resident Lando Calrissian. Atlanta and Community actor Donald Glover is expected to play the younger version of Billy Dee Williams' iconic character.
On May 19, 2017, fans got their first look at what Ehrenreich would look like as the young space pirate when set photos were leaked. When fans looked at the images, they saw Ehrenreich as a carbon copy of Harrison Ford, whose made his final appearance in the Star Wars saga in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Joining Ehrenreich's Solo and Glover's Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story in the cast are Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, and Emilia Clarke. While Lucasfilm did not disclose the characters that Newton and Clarke would be portraying, the movie company confirmed that Harrelson would portray Solo's mentor.
Remember Rogue One
Solo: A Star Wars Story marks the Star Wars franchise's second anthology film. The first part in the Star Wars anthology series was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film focused on a small group of Rebels lead by Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) as they searched for the plans to stop the Galactic Empire from activating their dangerous planet destroyer Death Star.
While Erso and her crew did not survive the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, several characters made an impact on the fanbase. In addition to Jones' Jyn Erso, fans have wanted the scene-stealing droid K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk) to return to the Star Wars universe in some form. In addition, other elements of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story might possibly crossover into the 3D animated series: Star Wars Rebels.
Rotating Film Directors
Solo: A Star Wars Story has had numerous creative shake-ups since the film has been announced. The film's original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were replaced by entertainment industry veteran Ron Howard after Lucasfilm was unsatisfied with the duo's work.
The duo also apparently made Ehrenreich second guess his performance and clashed with the film's scriptwriter, film legend Lawrence Kasdan, who also wrote two of the franchise's cornerstone films: The Empire Strikes Back and box office smash Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Fans will see Howard's vision of the Star Wars universe be brought to life when Solo: A Star Wars Story is released on May 25.