Ron Howard Reveals Title of Han Solo Film

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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:

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.

What do you think of the title for the Han Solo film? Comment below and share your thoughts!

  • Ryan

    It’s like they thought that we don’t already know that this is a Han Solo spinoff. The ‘A Star Wars Story’ is already going to attract the crowd they want, so its kind of weird that they didn’t go for a title that actually sounds cool/inspires more excitement. ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Last Jedi’ are pretty great in this regard, and probably led to some decent water-cooler conversations for many. ‘Rogue One’, even though we know is just the name of a team, is still a pretty great sounding title.

    ‘Solo’ being such a thoroughly bland title kind of adds to the perception that Ron Howard (who people suddenly forgot is a great director btw) is taking the project in a less interesting direction than Lord/Miller would have. I’m not saying that there is any correlation between a project’s director and its title, or even any correlation between a project’s title and its quality, but for me, its hard not to see this as another sign of things to come.

    • I was intrigued by the film, but the casting process ruined that pretty quickly for me. I have no problem with Alden Ehrenreich per se, but Harrison Ford is Han Solo and I am not in any way excited to see anyone else play that part.

      And the title? Oh dear. They should have had a Twitter contest or something because this just screams laziness.

      My personal favorite suggestion was, “The Assassination of the Bounty Hunter Greedo by the Smuggler Han Solo.”

      • Ryan

        I’m with you on thinking this never needed to happen in the first place. If they wanted to go young, they should have gone really young just because its going to be bizarre seeing someone else so close to Harrison Ford’s age at the time trying to do a Harrison Ford impression. I don’t think I’ll believe for a second that this is supposed to be a young Han Solo.

        And that suggestion title is awesome, and something that sounds like Lord/Miller would have come up with. Oh, the possibilities.

      • Ryan

        I’m with you on thinking this never needed to happen in the first place. If they wanted to go young, they should have gone really young just because its going to be bizarre seeing someone else so close to Harrison Ford’s age at the time trying to do a Harrison Ford impression. I don’t think I’ll believe for a second that this is supposed to be a young Han Solo.

        And that suggestion title is awesome, and something that sounds like Lord/Miller would have come up with. Oh, the possibilities.

    • I was intrigued by the film, but the casting process ruined that pretty quickly for me. I have no problem with Alden Ehrenreich per se, but Harrison Ford is Han Solo and I am not in any way excited to see anyone else play that part.

      And the title? Oh dear. They should have had a Twitter contest or something because this just screams laziness.

      My personal favorite suggestion was, “The Assassination of the Bounty Hunter Greedo by the Smuggler Han Solo.”

  • Ryan

    It’s like they thought that we don’t already know that this is a Han Solo spinoff. The ‘A Star Wars Story’ is already going to attract the crowd they want, so its kind of weird that they didn’t go for a title that actually sounds cool/inspires more excitement. ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Last Jedi’ are pretty great in this regard, and probably led to some decent water-cooler conversations for many. ‘Rogue One’, even though we know is just the name of a team, is still a pretty great sounding title.

    ‘Solo’ being such a thoroughly bland title kind of adds to the perception that Ron Howard (who people suddenly forgot is a great director btw) is taking the project in a less interesting direction than Lord/Miller would have. I’m not saying that there is any correlation between a project’s director and its title, or even any correlation between a project’s title and its quality, but for me, its hard not to see this as another sign of things to come.