Star Wars: Han Solo Movie Officially Starts Filming, Releasing First Cast Photo

Posted 2017/02/21 5507 0

Principal photography has begun on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Disney has released a picture of the main cast, alongside the film's co-directors.

 

Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first photo of the cast of their upcoming Star Wars stand-alone movie starring a young Han Solo, celebrating the start of filming on February 20th, 2017 at Pinewood Studios in London.

This new photo, released by Disney, features Alden Ehrenreich as well as Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Also pictured are directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, as well as Joonas Suotamo. Thandie Newton is also part of the confirmed cast but not pictured.

Han Solo is played by Alden Ehrenreich, while Donald Glover portrays Lando Calrissian. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is also in the movie, alongside Hunger Games actor Woody Harrelson, both in unspecified roles. Westworld actress Thandie Newton and Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge will appear in the movie as well, though their parts have not been announced.

Basketball player Joonas Suotamo plays Chewbacca.

The story says that "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."

Lawrence and Jon Kasdan penned the script, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is producing alongside Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel, and co-producers Kiri Hart, Susan Towner, and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin are serving as executive producers.

Lord and Miller have been working on this film for quite some time now, so it’s exciting to see everyone ready to finally roll cameras. They’ve assembled a top-notched team that includes Oscar-nominated Arrival cinematographer Bradford Young, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story production designer Neil Lamont, and Oscar-winning Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz editor Chris Dickens.

Here's what Lord and Miller had to say about the film:

"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.

"We can't think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky."

Beginning shooting yesterday at Pinewood Studios in London, and announced on StarWars.com, the film is scheduled for release on May 25, 2018. The next entry in the series is this year's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which picks up immediately after 2015's The Force Awakens.

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