Lucasfilm has officially announced that the next Star Wars Anthology film will be an origin story for one of the saga’s most important and beloved characters.
Straight from StarWars.com, Lucasfilm has announced that the second spin-off will center on the early life of Han Solo, and it will be directed by the duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie). From the announcement:
The next adventure in theAnthology series of Star Wars films will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, whose credits include the critically acclaimed The LEGO Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. Among the most sought-after filmmakers working today, the two have proven a formidable duo on the multiple films they’ve collaborated on and are looking forward to applying their unique creative chemistry to the Star Wars universe.
The film will tell the tale of Han Solo’s early life, and how he would go on to become a smuggler, partner of Chewbacca, and captain of the Millennium Falcon. The announcement also specifies that Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens) will be writing the screenplay, along with his son Jon Kasdan. The official announcement describes the story by saying,
The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.
The film, which doesn’t yet have a publicly disclosed title, will be released in May of 2018. The first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One, will be directed by Gareth Edwards and revolve around the Rebel Alliance’s theft of the plans to the dreaded Death Star. That film will be released in December of 2016. For more on the Star Wars universe as it takes shape, be sure to keep it locked on GeekNation!
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