The next movie in the Star Wars Anthology series has been announced – and it will focus on Han Solo.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will direct what StarWars.com is describing as a story that “focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.”
Father and son duo Lawrence and Barry Kasdan will write the screenplay, with Kasdan senior’s previous credits including previous Star Wars outings The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and the upcoming The Force Awakens.
Other that The LEGO Movie, Lord and Miller are also responsible for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. The announcement quotes the two;
“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. 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.”
LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy said of the duo;
“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. Larry and Jon know all there is to know about the character, and Chris and Phil will bring their wit, style, energy and heart to tell Han’s story.”
The film is due to be released on 25 May 2018.