The next film on the Star Wars franchise and the second Star Wars anthology film, is scheduled to premiere on May 15 of the current year at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and it will be released worldwide on May 25th.
Prior to the events of Rogue One and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, this film will tell the origin story of Han Solo before becoming one of the most wanted smugglers in the Galaxy.
While venturing into an unexpected adventure through a dangerous and dark criminal underworld, we will witness the moment when Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich, meets Chewbacca, who will become his longtime companion,
and encounters the very popular gambler Lando Calrissian, played by Donald Glover, who critics say has done a fantastic job. This story will mark the path for Han Solo to become one of the principal characters of the Star Wars saga.
But the film production was not always a fantastic trip for these passengers. Despite winning the part of Han Solo, Lucasfilm and Disney had to hire an acting coach for Ehrenreich, because they were unhappy with his performance. But the main issue in the production concerned the previous directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who were fired due to “creative differences”, a term widely used in the movie industry nowadays.
Apparently, the filmmaker duo had disagreements with producer Kathleen Kennedy
and writers Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan regarding their shooting style.
They would do re-takes of several scenes, which did not follow the meaning of the script, apart from appeal to much on improvisation during acting. But it was the “comedic vibe” that these two directors gave to the film what made Lucasfilm and Disney decide to remove them from their roles. There were even critics and websites who compared the film to an Ace Venture one.
Later, Ron Howard was announced as the new and final director of the film.
Principal photography and reshoots were made, and finally, on October 17, 2017 filming was completed. Due to the directors and schedule changes, actor Michael K. Williams who was cast for the part of a half-human, half-animal character, was unable to return to production due to filming and timing conflicts with another movie. As a result, his part was cut.
On the same day that filming ended, director Ron Howard also revealed the official movie title as Solo: A Star Wars Story.A teaser trailer was shown on February 4, 2018 during Super Bowl LII.
On April 8 of the same year, the official trailer for the movie was released.
Aside from the characters previously named, other new characters will appear in the movie. Woody Harrelson will do the part of Tobias Beckett, Han Solo´s mentor.
Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke will appear as Qi´ra, who will be the female leading role and Han Solo´s romantic interest.
L3-37, Lando´s droid companion, will have the voice of Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Thandie Newton will be in the movie as Val.
Marvel´s Vision, Paul Bettany, will replace Michael K. Williams from the role as Dryden Vos, who was changed to a scarred human.
Jon Favreau will do the voice of an alien named Rio Durant.
A still mysterious and masked character by the name of Enfys Nest
will have a villainous role as the leader of a gang of pirates named as the Cloud-Riders.
The new movie will also introduce four new kinds of Stormtrooper:
Mimban Stormtroopers, will have their part in the movie fighting in the planet Mimban. They have goggles, a cape and a chest piece and are not very different from regular Stormtroopers. They seem just like regular Stormtroopers covered in dirt. Mud Troopers, a type of soldier used by the Galactic Empire on the swamp planet of Mimban.
Ranger Troopers, with their white leather trench coat, are used as a stubborn defense against thieves and pirates located in frontiers.
Imperial Patrol Troopers, who mobilized with a speeder bike, have a more aerodynamic helmet and will appear in Han´s home world, Corellia.
So, are you excited to see the film? Cannot wait until May 25, 2018? Are you happy that they made a Han Solo origin story? Was it the Star Wars story you wanted to see? And finally, do you think it will have the same success as Rogue One?