Han Solo’s ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Begins Filming With a Nod to Who Shot First
And here…we…go. As of today, filming has officially begun on Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s young Han Solo movie, Lucasfilm’s next Star Wars Story standalone project. To commemorate the occasion, Miller shared a teaser photo that pays homage to the epic “who shot first?” debate — a timely nod, as this month marks the 20th anniversary (yep, you’re old) of George Lucas’ notorious Special Editions.
Miller shared the pic over on Twitter, and while you won’t see Alden Ehrenreich in costume as young Han (not yet, anyway), you do get a clever nod to a classic Star Wars moment:
As was previously reported, the production codename for the Han Solo spinoff is Red Cup — you know, because those plastic red cups are Solo cups. The new Star Wars Story does not yet have an official title, but this is what we know so far: Ehrenreich is playing the iconic hero, Donald Glover is young Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson is Han’s mentor, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is playing…well, we don’t know yet; the specifics of her role are still under wraps.
Cinematographer Bradford Young, who previously shot Arrival and Selma, is the DP on the untitled Han Solo film, which was written by veteran Star Wars scribe Lawrence Kasdan. The film is set to hit theaters on May 25, 2018, though a recent rumor suggests that it may be pushed back to later in the year.