Scheduled to release on May 25th, 2018, the second of the Star Wars anthology is going to feature Han Solo and Chewbacca before the events of A New Hope. After a long search, Alden Ehrenreich was chosen to play the young smuggler, and the film will be co-directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. The film has been described as an “origin story” for the two characters as we watch Han Solo become the cynical and confident smuggler, thief, and scoundrel first seen in the original Star Wars movie.
Most well-known for his part in the 2016 movie Hail, Caesar!, Alden Ehrenreich began acting in 2008 after meeting Steven Spielberg at a bat mitzvah. His break into films was his starring role of Ethan Wate in the film adaption of the novel Beautiful Creatures, followed by a part in Park Chan-wook’s film Stoker. His co-leading role in Hail, Caesar! helped garner him critical praise. Before we see him in the Han Solo film, he will also appear in Rules Don’t Apply on November 11th of 2016, and The Yellow Birds on an unannounced 2017 date.
The two-man directing, writing, and producing team of Christopher Miller and Phil Lord are known for directing and writing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, as well as 21 Jump Street and its sequel. They also directed and produced the pilot for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and two episodes for The Last Man on Earth.
Lawrence Kasdan is well-known to Star Wars fans, having co-written The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens, as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark. His son Jon, who wrote and directed The First Time, will also be a writer. Producer Kathleen Kennedy says she “can’t wait to discover what’s in store from these two extraordinary teams of directors and writers.”
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