‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie: 6 Possible Spoilers

Alden Ehrenreich

Alden Ehrenreich | Jason Kempin/Getty Images

This year’s film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will mark the first Star Wars film to take the saga into anthology territory. But while fans are busy contemplating what the Gareth Edwards film will contribute to the franchise, they’re also keeping an eye out for the latest scoop about the next standalone release in the queue, namely the upcoming film centering on a young Han Solo. We’ve gradually heard new bits of information on the film — which will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) and star Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the scruffy looking nerf herder himself, as he steps into the iconic shoes of Harrison Ford.

However, for all the news that has been leaked, very little remains official in regard to the upcoming Han Solo film, which doesn’t even have a title yet. Today, we’re going to review some of the most promising rumors about the film. How much of the below is true remains to be seen, and it may contain possible spoilers. If you’re dead-set on remaining 100% spoiler-free, perhaps it’s better if you check out one of our other Star Wars articles.

Still with us? All right, let’s jump into hyperspace and get started.

1. Alden Ehrenreich could first appear in Rogue One

Felicity Jones in Rogue One | Lucasfilm

Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | Lucasfilm

The exact time in which the Han Solo film will be set remains a mystery, but it’s certainly before he meets up with Luke and Obi-Wan at the cantina. That means there’s a very strong possibility that Ehrenreich could actually debut as the character in Rogue One, as rumors indicate. The timeline fits with both films, but even better, the appearance of Han in Rogue One would allow Lucasfilm to create the same kind of shared universe storytelling that has worked so well for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

[Update, 1/23/17: This rumor turned out to be untrue, since Ehrenreich’s Han Solo did not appear in ‘Rogue One’.]

2. Lando Calrissian will play a pivotal role

Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi | Lucasfilm

We already know that Chewbacca (naturally) will be a big part of the Han Solo film. That means that moviegoers are likely to see how the duo get their hands on the Millennium Falcon. Longtime fans know that this means a friendly wager or two with Lando Calrissian.

A casting call is reportedly already afoot to find an actor who can match Billy Dee Williams’s swagger in the role, and Community star Donald Glover might be close to landing the part. [Update, 10/27/16: Donald Glover has been chosen to play young Lando Calrissian in the standalone Han Solo movie!] 

It’s unclear at this point how much screen time Lando will have in the film if these reports pay off, but it feels right to include Han’s on-again, off-again friend into the mix. He’s a wild card who could alternate between fighting alongside Han and getting him in even more trouble.

3. It will set up a Boba Fett spinoff

Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi

Boba Fett in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi | Lucasfilm

As soon as the prospect of Star Wars spinoff films were announced, fans were quick to make their desire for a Boba Fett film known. As it turns out, such a project has been heavily rumored for a while, and in keeping with the possibility of a Han Solo cameo in Rogue One, it makes sense for Lucasfilm to use a Han Solo film to tease what Boba Fett could be up to in his own adventure. Of course, that’s assuming that the bounty hunter’s film will take place around the same time. Many fans still want to see him escape the Great Pit of Carkoon, restoring that bit of the now lost canon that revealed he lived beyond Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. In any case, the idea of Boba Fett hunting down smugglers like Han, Chewie, and Lando is incredibly exciting.

4. A notable actress could be joining the cast

Tessa Thompson in Creed

Tessa Thompson in Creed | Warner Bros.

While the original trilogy offers the potential for plenty of early adventures for Han and his friends, what his previous appearances didn’t do was establish the presence of a young woman in his life. Since the spinoff film is set long before Han meets Leia, the project must turn to another lead (more on her in a moment). Such popular actresses as Tessa Thompson (Creed), Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road), and Naomi Scott (the upcoming Power Rangers reboot) are reportedly testing for the role. Seeing as Thompson is the best known of the bunch and landed a plum role in Thor: Ragnarok (another Disney-owned property), we can see her edging out the competition.

5. Sana Solo will be the female lead

Sana Solo in Marvel Comics

Sana Solo | Marvel Comics

About that female lead for the Han Solo film. Smart money is on that character being Sana Starros aka Sana Solo, Han’s (sort-of) wife. The pair have a contentious relationship, to say the least, but that’s why we think adding the fiery figure to the cast of the film could make for some interesting banter and action.

Sana is a recent addition to the canon, having only appeared in a Star Wars Marvel comic last year. Since Disney took over though, that’s all canon, and this is the perfect chance for Lucasfilm to prove that all these stories are connected.

6. Woody Harrelson will play Han Solo’s mentor

Woody Harrelson in Natural Born Killers

Woody Harrelson in Natural Born Killers | Warner Bros.

While we already knew that Woody Harrelson would be appearing in the young Han Solo movie, the actor recently revealed a few details about the role. In an interview with Variety, Harrelson confirmed that he would play a mentor to the young Han Solo. The interviewer also referenced a character named Garris Shrike, who plays a similar role in the old Star Wars Expanded Universe (now known as Legends). However, it was unclear if Harrelson was confirming the character’s name, or just his role in the film. You can watch the interview here and judge for yourself. Per Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki site, Shrike raised Han Solo and is known as a harsh disciplinarian.

[Update, 1/23/17: Added Woody Harrelson casting news.]

Bonus: An early glimpse at the current cast

Han Solo movie cast

Han Solo movie cast so far. Clockwise from bottom left: co-director Christopher Miller, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, co-director Phil Lord, and Donald Glover | Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm

As announced by Lucasfilm on February 21, 2017, principal photography on the movie has now kicked off. According to studio, “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.” Lucasfilm also released a photo with some of the current cast members, seen above.

Per Lucasfilm, the as-yet-untitled Han Solo movie is scheduled for release on May 25, 2018.

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