File this one under ‘about damn time’ – Han Solo is getting his own stand-alone movie.
One of the new Star Wars spin-off films will focus on a young Solo before he met Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi in the Mos Eisley Cantina.
The film is expected to be released in May 2018 and will be directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the team behind The Lego Movie.
The story has been written by Lawrence and Jake Kasdan (Lawrence Kasdan previously worked on both Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi).
“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us,” Said Miller and Lord in a statement.
“This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”
“We’re so excited to be working with Chris and Phil, who will bring a fresh new dimension to the ‘Star Wars’ universe,” said the Kasdans. “They’re two of the smartest, funniest and most original filmmakers around, and the ideal choice to tell the story of Han Solo, one of the coolest characters in the galaxy.”
I seriously can not wait. Now the speculation begins as to who will step into the iconic role – could it be current Blockbuster king Chris Pratt? Just putting that out there…