The Star Wars universe will get its second anthology film in May with the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. As the title implies, the feature tell the story of Han Solo and how he came to be the dashing smuggler fans know and love. Details about the film have been relatively scarce, but the new issue of Empire Magazine sheds a little more light on the young hero — who may not be quite what we expect.
When fans meet young Han, played by 28-year-old actor Alden Ehrenreich, he’s not quite as cynical as the rogue who made his debut in 1977’s Star Wars. According to screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, the film will answer what got Han “hardened up.” “This is the story of a world-weary wiseass in waiting,” said the Star Wars veteran. Some of that will likely involve Han’s mentor, Woody Harrelson’s Beckett, and his eventual meetings with both Chewbacca and Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian.
Solo has had a rocky production, with original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired in June following “creative differences” with Lucasfilm. Ron Howard replaced the duo, and apparently ended up reshooting more of the film than he’d intended.
Debuting May 25, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, Joonas Suotamo, and Woody Harrelson.
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