The Han Solo spinoff film is off and running! Disney shared today a picture of the cast, as well as co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, on set.
The pic features stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke. Ehrenreich is Han Solo, Glover is a young Lando Calrissian, and Clarke’s role is currently unknown. Harrelson recently boarded the project as a mentor to young Han. Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca also appear in the photo. Thandie Newton, who does not appear in the photo, is also in the cast.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the directors issued a statement with the photo, which reads:
Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous. We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.
Ehrenreich nailed the part following one of the widest casting searches in recent history. The casting process was a lengthy one, with Disney and Lucasfilm having reportedly met with over 2,500 actors. No doubt the process was intensified thanks to the popularity of the Han Solo role, which was most recently seen in the box office record-breaker “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the list of actors who screen tested for the role included: Ehrenreich, Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”) and Taron Egerton (“The Kingsman,” “Eddie the Eagle”).
The aforementioned group was reportedly picked from a slightly bigger group that had previously met with the directors. This larger group is rumored to have included “Brooklyn” star Emory Cohen, some of the cast of Richard Linklater’s latest film “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Miles Teller (“Whiplash”) and Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars”).
The details of this new film, not surprisingly, are mostly unavailable. The story is a “Star Wars” spinoff, and will follow a young Han Solo and his exploits before becoming one of the most beloved characters of all time, first made famous by Harrison Ford in “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
Lord and Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “The Lego Movie”) are directing the film. Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan wrote the screenplay. Lawrence is known for having previously penned “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” as well as for co-writing previous films in the “Star Wars” series such as “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.”
His son Jon previously wrote the screenplay for “The First Time,” which debuted at Sundance last year.
The film will release on May 25, 2018.