Director Ron Howard surprised fans on Twitter Tuesday morning. He shared the news that his Han Solo origin film has finished principle photography. And he also unveiled the film’s title:
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
The Academy Award-winning director took over the “Star Wars” spin-off when the original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired. Since taking over, Howard has freely shared behind-the-scenes photos and videos from the set.
The film, now officially titled “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” stars Alden Ehrenreich as the scruffy-looking nerfherder. Ehrenreich previously appeared in “Blue Jasmine,” “Hail, Caesar!” and “Rules Don’t Apply.”
For the first time in the entire “Star Wars” franchise, Peter Mayhew will not play Han’s sidekick and co-pilot, Chewbacca. Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo takes over from the now-retired actor. Suotamo doubled for Chewbacca in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Han’s friend and rival Lando Calrissian is played by Golden Globe-winner Donald Glover. Glover is best known for his television work in “Atlanta” and “Community.” He also appeared earlier this summer in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Other stars include Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Paul Bettany (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Thandie Newton (“Westworld”), and Woody Harrelson (“War for the Planet of the Apes”).
The script was written by the father and son team of Jon Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan. Lawrence Kasdan is a four-time Academy Award nominee for films including “The Big Chill” and “The Accidental Tourist.” He also wrote the scripts for “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” will be in theaters May 25, 2018.