The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month: principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20 at Pinewood Studios, London.
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.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are the directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.
“Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” Lord and Miller said. “We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.”
Written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the film will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will executive produce.
Crewing the ship will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Director of Photography Bradford Young (Academy Award® nominee for his work on Arrival), Editor Chris Dickens, SFX Supervisor Dominic Tuohy, VFX Supervisor Rob Bredow and Action Designer Brad Allan.
They will be joining returning Star Wars veteran crew members Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX creative supervisor), Neil Lamont (production designer), Dave Crossman and Glyn Dillon (co-costume designers), Jamie Wilkinson (prop master), Lisa Tomblin (hair), Amanda Knight (make-up) and Nina Gold (UK casting director).
The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is slated for release on May 25, 2018.