Han Solo Standalone Film Now Called ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 2:10 pm
These Star Wars spinoffs are a part of the larger universe and are meant to tell stories that aren’t about the core saga. We saw a little bit of that in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and we will see that once more in the Han Solo standalone film, which has been going by that non-title since the beginning of production and well after Ron Howard came in to direct the film.
But now the film has got an official title. So prepare yourselves, because come May 2018, we will see Solo: A Star Wars Story. More on the this below.
The news became official on the Star Wars website, where they posted Howard’s tweet announcing the title. In it, we see the director give his gratitude to everyone who worked on the film, and then he receives a title card from a certain Wookiee, and he flips it over to reveal Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is in the same font that we all know and love.
But it is not at all surprising that we got the title at this stage of the game. Considering all the behind-the-scenes troubles with the film’s original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller – most of which were conflicts between the film’s writers, Jon and Lawrence Kasdan, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. And because Lord and Miller were let go just weeks before principal photography ended, many questioned if Solo: A Star Wars Story would be released on time.
However, Howard was brought in days after the directing duo exited. And most would agree that while it was a safe pick, it was the right choice. Even those on set seemed happy with it.
There was also some concern on how much the film will change. For one thing, Lord and Miller directed a good majority of the project before they were let go. However, it seemed clear that despite the creative differences, a lot of the footage could still be used. Still, Howard did make a few changes to the film. Most notably taking out Michael K. Williams‘ character – an animal humanoid – because the actor was unable to make the reshoots due to other obligations. He was replaced by Howard’s good friend, Paul Bettany, who will be playing the same character, but a human instead of the part human, part animal character Williams played. What other changes are in store for the film may not be even made public. But it does make for an interesting documentary of what happens behind-the-scenes.
At least we finally have a title for the film. As for the trailer, well, there have been a handful of films that have released a trailer close to the release date. So maybe it will happen again. We will just have to wait and see.
Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, also star.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to open in theaters on May 25, 2018.