Filmmaking duo, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord are set to direct a new Star Wars anthology film, depicting the early life of one of the franchise’s most beloved heroes, Han Solo.
Miller and Lord have become hot property on the Hollywood circuit of late, following their huge successes with previous projects – including 21/22 Jump Street, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and The Lego Movie.
Speaking of their upcoming project, the duo stated:
“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.”
The screenplay is written by another duo – the father-and-son pairing of Lawrence and Jon Kasdan. Lawrence Kasdan is a veteran of the Star Wars franchise, having co-written the scripts for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and J.J Abram’s newest instalment, The Force Awakens.
The story will focus on how the young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel that Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley in A New Hope. In the original trilogy, Han Solo was played to mass acclaim by Harrison Ford – who is set to reprise the role in The Force Awakens.
The film, which has yet to be given an official title, is slated to be released on 25th May 2018.
You can watch the trailer for The Force Awakens – which is set to hit cinemas this December – below.