Han Solo spin-off: a first look at who will be boarding Millennium Falcon
On 20 February, shooting of the latest Star Wars adventure quietly began at London’s legendary Pinewood Studios. This prequel, centred around Han Solo and his hairy co-pilot Chewbacca, has been in the making for a while. Up until now, however, little has been revealed to fans about this long-awaited project.
What’s the film about?
“The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian,” according to the official synopsis. This probably means that Lando will be in for some bad luck when his old pal Han wins the Millennium Falcon off him during a Sabacc tournament in Cloud City.
Who’s starring in it?
The relatively unknown Alden Ehrenreich steps into Harrison Ford’s well-worn shoes as young Han Solo. There’s certainly a striking resemblance between the pair:
Also perched in the Millennium Falcon are Han’s mentor Garris Shrike (played by Woody Harrelson) and a young Lando Calrissian (Community’s Donald Glover). It’s not yet clear what roles Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and the writer-star of hit BBC Three sitcom Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, will be performing. Westworld’s Thandie Newton, missing from the group photo, will also have a part to play in the film. Meanwhile, Finnish basketball player Joonas Suotamo, who stands at a whopping 6”10 tall, plays Chewie.
Some Star Wars veterans will be working behind the scenes, including production designer Neil Lamont and prop master Jamie Wilkinson, while Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will be sitting in the co-directors chairs. Excited about taking the reigns of the film, Lord and Miller said: “We can’t think of anything funny to say because we just feel really moved and really lucky.”