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Empire Magazine’s Han Solo Anthology Film preview

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It’s not just any filmmaker who can tell the story of such a beloved icon like Han Solo, and I’m excited to say we’ve found the perfect team to handle the task.“―Kathleen Kennedy

As the first Star Wars standalone story, Rogue One, continues its box-office domination, the second is about to get underway. The Untiled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film (IMDb) will start to shoot in January or early February.

According to StarWarsWikia, the film is centered on a young Han Solo, portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich, as he becomes the smuggler audiences first met in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It also features Chewbacca in what has been described as an “origin story” for the two characters. Yesterday, Disney announced that actor Woody Harrelson had joined the cast of the upcoming movie. Now Empire Magazine in its February issue is bringing a first look into what will be the next standalone Star Wars film. So with a 25 May 2018 release date (and 41 years to the day since we first met the Corellian smuggler), this is what we know so far…

The Filmmakers

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On 7 July 2015, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind the Jump Street franchise and The LEGO Movie, as directors. For all their hip, flip sensibility, they have a clear grasp of what makes Solo tick. “He is clever but smart,” Lord told Star Wars Celebration. “He doesn’t want to do anything that he’s told, and if he’s told not to do something, he only wants to do it more. He’s very sarcastic and yet unreasonably optimistic. He’s basically a cynical guy with the biggest heart in the galaxy.” Surely they think Solo shoots first.

The Hero

alden-ehrenreichAlden Ehrenreich, best known for a stellar turn in Hail, Ceasar! and Warren Beatty’s upcoming Rules Don’t Apply, was chosen from 300 hopefuls including established names like Dave Franco, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jack Reynor and Miles Teller. “Turns out that was a total waste of money because the person who got the part was the first person to audition, literally the first person to walk in the door,” Lord said at Star Wars Celebration. Ehrenreich was buzzed to do a chemistry test with Chewbacca – confirming the unsurprising news that the Wookie stays in the picture – and revealed, “The coolest part of that audition process was when I went on the Falcon. It was pretty unbelievable.”

The Cohorts

Lando Calrissian, Han’s old buddy, will be played by modern renaissance man Donald Glover, best known for Community, his self-penned show Atlanta and his musical alter-egos Childish Gambino and mcDJ. As seems compulsory these days for any actor joining a franchise, Glover was childhood fan – his first action figure was a Lando – and he has been read the riot act by his mother: “Don’t mess it up!” Lord and Miller seem confident. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations,” the pair said in a typically dry press release. Completing the central triangle (or square, if you include Chewie) is Emilia Clarke as a yet-to-be-named character. With Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys and now Star Wars, Clarke is cycling through sci-fi/fantasy franchises like a demented Warwick Davis.

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Empire Magazine’s promo art by James Carey for the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film showing Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, and Emilia Clarke as yet-to-be-named character.

The Plot

“This moves closer to a heist or Western-type feel,” Kennedy told Variety recently, playing squarely into the character’s roguish smuggler’s wheelhouse. Co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, working with son Jon, is a huge student of Westerns, with a particular penchant for The Magnificent Seven‘s Steve McQueen: the character will likely be imbued with McQueen’s trademark swagger and poise. Expect meeting Chewie, winning of dice game sabacc, and an intro for Boba Fett (another potential standalone) to figure.

The Look

Kathleen Kannedy recently revealed a key visual source for the film. “We’ve talked about [Frederic] Remington and those primary colours that are used in his paintings defining the look and feel for the film.” Arrival cinematographer Bradford Young will be behind the camera and is already talking up Lord and Miller’s visual brio. “It’s gonna feel like a Star Wars film, but we’re definitely gonna break some rules, and we’re encouraged to do that.” Solo wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film is scheduled to hit the theaters on 25 May 2018.

Woody Harrelson signs on for young Han Solo film

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woody-harrelsonWoody Harrelson has been cast in the untitled Han Solo stand-alone film. Last week rumors broke that he was playing Han Solo’s mentor.

The official Star Wars site announced on this Tuesday 11th that the veteran film and television actor Woody Harrelson is stepping aboard the upcoming Han Solo movie set to arrive in theaters next year.

Harrelson, known for wide-ranging roles in film and TV such as The Hunger Games, No Country For Old MenTrue DetectiveCheers, and Zombieland, will join actors Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Emilia Clarke in the adventure. This Star Wars Story is the second in a series of films that live outside the Skywalker family saga, and is set during the early scoundrel days of the iconic characters, prior to A New Hope.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” said the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”

The as-yet-untitled movie, which is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, is scheduled for release in 2018.

Emilia Clarke cast in Han Solo film

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Arguably, there has never been a more exciting time to be a Star Wars fan than right now. In just under a month (as of this writing), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will open in theaters, and next year’s Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in post-production. If that weren’t enough to send moviegoers into a frenzy, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are hard at work on pre-production for the young Han Solo anthology film, with Alden Ehrenreich set to take over the role of the scruffy-looking nerf herder. The plan is for them to start rolling the cameras in January 2017, ahead of the movie’s May 2018 premiere.

Casting, of course, has been a top priority for the filmmakers. Recently, fan-favorite Donald Glover came on board to play Lando Calrissian, but there are plenty more roles to be filled. Rumors have been swirling about who could play Han Solo‘s female lead, with names like Tessa Thompson and Zoe Kravitz allegedly being considered. Now, that part may be filled, as Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is set to enter the galaxy far, far away.

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Per an announcement from Disney, Clarke has officially joined the cast of Han Solo. In typical Lucasfilm fashion, her role is being kept under wraps for now. The only information revealed is that she will “round out a dynamic cast of characters Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures.”

Those who have been following the development of the project might recall that at one point, Lucasfilm was reportedly looking for a non-white actress for the female lead in Han Solo, but that seems to have changed now. It’s unlikely Disney would bring in a big-name talent like Clarke for a small supporting role, meaning that her mystery character probably factors heavily into the narrative. That may be disappointing for some who were hoping Han Solo continued the franchise’s committment to diversifying Hollywood tentpoles, but what matters most is finding the right fit for the part. Clarke obviously made an impression on Lord and Miller in her audition, and it will be interesting to learn who she plays. Odds are, it’s a completely new character given Han Solo‘s place in the canon timeline.

untitled-34Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO TV Series Game of Thrones. Source for the animated GIF: Giffferr Planet.

Viewers will also be curious to see if Clarke signed to a multi-picture deal. The speculation is that Ehrenreich is locked down for a trilogy of films, so it’s plausible that some of his co-stars will be along for any potential sequels as well. Regardless of how long Clarke’s stay in the galaxy is, she should prove to be a valuable addition to Star Wars. She’s made a name for herself as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, earning three Emmy nominations in the process, and has demonstrated an ability to carry a feature film with her turns in Terminator: Genisys and Me Before You. With Thrones ending after its eighth season, Clarke will have an open schedule – and she might have found a steady job to replace the Mother of Dragons.

Happy B-Day: Harrison Ford turns 74 today

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The scruffy-looking nerf-herder and the most famous smuggler of the galaxy far, far away, is turning 74 today. So, happy birthday, Mr. Ford.

As he’s turning 74 today, Harrison Ford was born back on this date in 1942 at a hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his parents Christopher and Dorothy, Harrison was their oldest child as his younger brother Terence was born in 1945. The then aspiring actor got his first taste of drama when he entered college and took an acting class during his senior year to overcome his long-held shyness.

Fans should be infinitely thankful that Harrison took the class as he did. After all, what would the film industry be like today without him? While much of Harrison’s early resume finds the actor in small-time films, his eventual work on American Graffiti landed him his first starring role as Han Solo in George Lucas’ Star Wars trilogy.

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Star Wars, of course, now stands as a pop cultural monolith that has spawned millions of fans as the franchise has essentially come to define the best of science fiction. And, recently, Harrison returned to the franchise in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as he reprised his role of everyone’s favorite space pilot.

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Some might think 74 is getting up there in age but that hasn’t stopped this superstar, who is set to reprise his roles as Dr. Jones in the next installment of Indiana Jones and Deckard, the replicant hunter, in Blade Runner the sequel.

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Star Wars: Alden Ehrenreich cast as Young Han Solo

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Disney’s continuation of the Star Wars franchise got off to a roaring start when Star Wars: The Force Awakens took the box office by storm a few months ago, leaving critics and fans alike eager to see what comes next in the main saga. There’s more than just Episodes VIII and IX to look forward to, however, as Disney has also launched a series of Star Wars spinoffs, starting with this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Among the planned spinoffs is a prequel about the life of rakish smuggler Han Solo, before he ran into Luke and Leia and became embroiled in a war against the Empire. While Harrison Ford returned to the iconic role for The Force Awakens, he’s a little bit too mature and distinguished now to be playing a twenty-something version of Han Solo (and he’s also busy getting ready to return to the Indiana Jones franchise), so Lucasfilm has been looking at a number of up-and-coming young actors for the role. However, according to reports there was one clear frontrunner: Hail, Caesar!‘s Alden Ehrenreich.

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Now the New York Post‘s Page Six is reporting that, according to “Hollywood sources,” Ehrenreich has finally landed the role. Page Six‘s insider said that “Alden really impressed Disney and Lucasfilm execs with his screen tests,” and that “The deal is basically done.” While that’s obviously not official, it certainly fits with what we’ve been hearing up until now about Disney and Lucasfilm’s interest in Ehrenreich, and the news has since been corroborated by THR, Variety, TheWrap and Deadline. In addition to his role in the Coen brothers’ most recent film, Ehrenreich also played the lead in 2013 fantasy romance Beautiful Creatures and appeared in Woody Allen drama Blue Jasmine. Check out some clips of Ehrenreich in Hail, Caesar! below.

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The Han Solo spinoff, which is set for release in 2018, has already stirred up interest due to the appointment of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller – more commonly known as the duo that can spin gold from the seemingly very worst Hollywood ideas. The filmmaking pair previously directed the highly-praised movie reboot of 21 Jump Street, as well as its sequel 22 Jump Street, and were also the minds behind 2014’s animated hit The Lego Movie. The Han Solo spinoff is being co-written by The Force Awakens, Return of the Jedi and Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and his son Jon Kasdan (The First Time).

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Lucasfilm’s focus right now is on promoting Rogue One, and there is a rumor that Rogue One will feature a small cameo by the new Han Solo, which would explain why the spinoff has started casting so early. We’ll keep following this story and keep you updated on any developments.

Who’s this guy?

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Alden Caleb Ehrenreich (born November 22, 1989) is an American actor. He made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s independent film Tetro (2009) and appeared in Coppola’s subsequent film Twixt (2011). In 2013, he appeared in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Park Chan-wook’s Stoker and starred in Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures. In 2016, he starred as Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar!.

Ehrenreich was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Sari (née Newmann), an interior designer, and Mark Ehrenreich. His stepfather, Harry Aronowitz, is an orthodontist. He is from a Jewish family (from Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Poland), and was raised in Reconstructionist Judaism. Ehrenreich began acting at the Palisades Elementary School in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, and continued doing so at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. After graduating from high school, he spent years at New York University studying acting but never finished his degree.

Ehrenreich was discovered at a friend’s bat mitzvah reception by Steven Spielberg, when Spielberg saw a short comedy featuring Ehrenreich. Ehrenreich has described the comedic performance he gave in the movie as: “I ran around as a skinny little punk, trying on girls’ clothes and eating dirt.” The meeting with Spielberg led to acting roles on television shows such as Supernatural and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2007, Ehrenreich auditioned and won the role of Bennie Tetrocini in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro. Coppola requested Ehrenreich read a passage from The Catcher in the Rye for his main audition. The film was released in limited release in 2009 and received generally positive reviews from critics; praising Ehrenreich’s performance. In 2011, he played a minor role in Coppola’s subsequent film Twixt and appeared alongside Natalie Portman in the Sofia Coppola-directed Miss Dior Cherie commercial.

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In 2013, he starred as Ethan Wate in the film adaptation of the novel Beautiful Creatures, and appeared as Whip Taylor in Park Chan-wook’s thriller film Stoker. He then played the stepson of Cate Blanchett in the Woody Allen-directed drama film Blue Jasmine. In 2016, Ehrenreich became more widely known for his co-leading role as Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar!, alongside a cast that included Josh Brolin and George Clooney. Many critics praised Ehrenreich’s performance in particular. Ehrenreich was cast in a leading role in Warren Beatty’s upcoming untitled Howard Hughes project. He will star in The Yellow Birds (2016) with Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, and Jennifer Aniston.

In March 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Ehrenreich was one of a number of actors to audition for the role of Han Solo for the upcoming Star Wars anthology film, and had made the final shortlist. On April 16, 2016, Deadline.com reported that he was the frontrunner for the role following a series of secret screen-tests. On May 5, 2016, Ehrenreich was cast as Han Solo, with the film following Solo’s early life before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

Han Solo director teases beginning of ‘shooting’

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Although the leading role has yet to be officially cast by Disney and LucasFilm tapped co-directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) for the Han Solo spinoff while Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan is penning the script with his son Jon. Currently, Star Wars: Episode VIII is in the middle of production – with release scheduled for 2017 – but now Miller has teased the beginning of shooting on the Han Solo movie.

In honor of May 4th and #MayThe4thBeWithYou, Miller released a photo of Han Solo’s blaster on Twitter with the caption: “Can’t wait to get ‘shooting’!” Check out Miller’s tweet:

Of course, the photo and caption seem to be a reference to Han Solo’s iconic introduction in Star Wars: Episode IV– the quickdraw cantina scene in which Han shot firstduring a showdown with the alien bounty hunter Greedo – though the scene was hotly contested by Star Wars fans until the question was finally answered. However, Miller’s May the 4th Be With You tease also seems to indicate production will soon begin rolling on the Han Solostandalone project.

In terms of the Star Wars movie release slate, this particular anthology film will arrive sooner following the preceding movie than the others –The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and Episode VIII have all been scheduled roughly a year apart, whereas Han Solo will hit theaters six months after Episode VIII. So, the production on the Han Solo film may need to begin either prior to or shortly following the completion of shooting on Episode VIII, which recently passed the halfway point.

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That being said, the Han Solo spinoff seems to still be in the process of casting and has yet to announce the official star who will take on the role of the iconic Star Wars scoundrel – a role previously played by Harrison Ford. Last we heard, Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar) was the frontrunner, though other young up-and-comers like Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Dave Franco (Neighbors), and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) were rumored for the role as well. However, once the Han Solo film has found its star, it may not be long before shooting begins, as Miller teases.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.