We are in development of a few standalone films, that are not part of the Star Wars saga...
Bob Iger

Solo[2] (known on all promotional material as Solo: A Star Wars Story) is an upcoming science-fiction film and the second installment in the Star Wars anthology series that are not directly tied into the main saga. It will focus on the early life of Han Solo. It is directed by Ron Howard and will be released on May 25, 2018.


Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.[3]



On February 5, 2013, Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company announced on CNBC that two Star Wars spin-off standalone films are in development, with Lawrence Kasdan attached to write the first film and Simon Kinberg to write the second film. Kasdan actively developed an outline for the film in early 2013, but the project was put on-hold after the departure of Star Wars: The Force Awakens screenwriter Michael Arndt from the film in the summer of 2013. Kasdan picked up script duties for the film alongside its director J.J. Abrams, with John Knoll's Rogue One taking the first Star Wars Stories release slot.

In 2014, after The Force Awakens began production, Kasdan turned his attention back to the Han Solo film, this time bringing his son Jon Kasdan on to share writing duties with him.

On July 8, it was confirmed that the film would follow a young Han Solo, and would be release on May 25, 2018. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were also confirmed as directors.

On May 5, 2016, Alden Ehrenreich was confirmed to star in the film as Han Solo.

In July 2016, it was stated the film would be part of a planned trilogy.[15]

In August 2016, it was announced that Lando Calrissian will appear in this film.

In October 2016, it was announced on the Star Wars website that Donald Glover is cast as Lando.[6]

On March 6, 2017, Michael Kenneth Williams was cast in a role in the film.[16] However, on August 22, 2017, due to scheduling conflicts, he unable to return to set for reshoots under Howard's direction, and his role was announced to have been cut.[17] Paul Bettany was cast in his place, and the character was rewritten and reworked.

On June 20, 2017, Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are no longer involved with the film due to creative differences.[18]

On June 22, 2017, Lucasfilm announced that Ron Howard will take over directing duties. [19]

The first official trailer for the film was released on February 5, 2018.



The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Solo.


  • This is the first Star Wars film to be released in May since Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
  • This will be Ron Howard's fourth time working with Lucasfilm, after American GraffitiMore American Graffiti and Willow.
  • This is the second Star Wars film to not be composed by John Williams.
    • Though Williams will instead write the main theme for the film while John Powell will compose the film's original score.
  • Solo marks Lawrence Kasdan's fourth and final time working on the Star Wars franchise.
  • This is one of last two films alongside Chaos Walking to be produced by Allison Shearmur, as she passed away in 2018.


  2. "Solo: A Star Wars Story is the name of the upcoming Han Solo movie". The Verge (Ocotber 17, 2017).
  4. "Woody Harrelson Signs on for Young Han Solo FIlm". Star Wars (January 11, 2016).
  5. "Emilia Clarke Joins the Han Solo Stand-Alone Film". Star Wars (November 19, 2016).
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Donald Glover has Been Cast as Young Lando". Oh My Disney (October 22, 2016).
  8. Kroll, Justin (February 8, 2017). "Star Wars: Fleabag Star Eyed for Key Role in 'Han Solo' Spinoff".. Retrieved on February 9, 2017.
  9. "Paul Bettany Wraps Work on 'Star Wars' Han Solo Film". The Hollywood Reporter (September 16, 2017).
  10. Kroll, Justin (March 24, 2017). "‘Sing Street’ Star Ian Kenny Joins Han Solo Movie (EXCLUSIVE)".. Retrieved on March 26, 2017.
  12. "Clint Howard Will Appear in Han Solo Movie". The Hollywood Reporter (August 2, 2017).
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Tag and Bink Writer Reacts to Han Solo Canonization". Inverse (December 9, 2017).
  14. "Jon Favreau Voicing Alien in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'". Slash Film (February 14th, 2018).
  15. "Han Solo Trilogy Reportedly Planned". ComicBook (July 26, 2016).
  16. "Michael Kennth Williams joins young Han Solo film".. (March 6, 2017). Retrieved on March 6, 2017.
  17. Blyth, Antonia (August 22, 2017). "Michael K. Williams' Rome Cut from 'Star Wars' Han Solo Film Amid Reshoots".. Retrieved on August 22, 2017.
  18. "'Star Wars': Han Solo Film Loses Directors". (June 20, 2017).
  19. "Ron Howard Will Direct the Han Solo Movie Following Lord & Miller's Departure". (June 22, 2017).

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