The end of Star Wars Celebration is upon us, but if we have learned anything from this event, they generally save the best for last. At the Future Filmmaker panel, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were on hand to talk about the upcoming Han Solo film, which was written by the father and son team of Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. Of course, since production has yet to begin, Lord and Miller could not spoil too much, but they were more than happy to reveal some interesting tidbits about the standalone film that should keep us happy.
Check out what they had to say here below.
Our friends at /Film, who were on site at the event in London, said the filmmakers said that they recently moved to London to get ready for production, which won’t really start until January or February of next year, and that crew members from Rogue One: A Star War Story and Star Wars: Episode VIII will work on the film. Speaking of Rogue One, Lord and Miller revealed they almost cameoed in the film. They even got dressed up for it. However, for personal reasons, they were unable to make the shoot. However, it appears that many of the filmmakers who are working on these Star War films are cameoing in them.
Other interesting things mentioned on the panel was that there was in fact a large search to find the right actor to play the young Han Solo. Previous reports say Lucasfilm wasn’t just looking for one particular person and that they were looking at actors of every age and ethnicity. Around 3,000 actors auditioned for the role, and in the end, Alden Ehrenreich, who they say was the first person to read for the role, was cast as the legendary smuggler. This weekend’s appearance at Celebration was the official confirmation of the casting of Ehrenreich, who reportedly appeared on the panel with a blaster at his side.
Lord and Miller did apologize to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy for wasting so much money in this lengthy search, but said it will all pay off since the young actor â€œthe best kept secret in Hollywood.â€ If you haven’t seen Hail, Caesar! yet, then I suggest you do, because Ehrenreich is one of the best things about that film.
The Han Solo film has yet to receive an official title – which we will probably get as the film gets closer to production, but at least we know where the filmmakers stand right now, and how they will work hard to get it right.
Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (the likely title, so we’ll use this for now) opens in theaters May 25, 2018.
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