The Han Solo Movie Will Show the Smuggler 'Getting His Name'
Little is known about the upcoming Han Solo movie, other than that it will follow a young Solo through his early years, and star familiar faces like Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones, Woody Harrelson of The Hunger Games, Thandie Newton of Westworld, and Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian. Fortunately for fans of sci-fi's most famous smuggler, that's finally changing.
We now have some more information regarding the timeline of the upcoming Star Wars film's. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed today that the movie will span across six years of Han's life, from 18 to 24. Since the movies suggest Han Solo was 29 when he joined the Rebellion, it's safe to say he'll be at the peak of his smuggling career during this prequel. Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz tweeted that Han will find the Falcon, meet Chewbacca, and "get his name" in the movie.
Han Solo movie will follow him from age 18 through 24 and show him finding the Falcon, meeting Chewbacca, and getting his name, Iger says— Ben Fritz (@benfritz) March 23, 2017
It'll be neat to see Han Solo discover the Millennium Falcon, the iconic if rusty ship that he won from Lando. Him meeting Chewbacca will also have fans pleased, although how Solo will get the name "Chewbacca" from the Wookiee's pronunciation, we're not sure. As far as getting his name is concerned, we assume that roughly translates to how he got his reputation. That, or Han Solo is an alias of some kind, perhaps from his smuggling days? Considering his son was named "Ben Solo" before joining the Dark Side, the "getting his name" part doesn't seem too literal.
The untitled Han Solo film will be the next movie out after Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Speaking of The Last Jedi, Iger announced that Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will get his fair share of screen time in Episode VIII. He'll also speak more than he did in The Force Awakens, which isn't a high bar. But all the same, it's good.
Mark Hamill has a big role in episode 8 and will do "a lot of talking," says Iger— Ben Fritz (@benfritz) March 23, 2017
That news isn't too surprising since the coveted trailer for the upcoming film was reported to include an exchange between Luke and Rey. This does, however, debunk star Daisy Ridley's account of the film:
The Han Solo film will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the pair famous for having directed the 21 Jump Street movies, and will star Alden Ehrenreich as Solo. It's set to hit theaters May 25, 2018.