On paper, a young Han Solo movie (especially one that doesn't star Harrison Ford) is a terrible idea. There's no real reason to do it whatsoever, and it comes across as a pure cash grab. So with that said, I'm beyond excited for Disney's Han Solo movie, which is set to hit theaters in May 2018. Lucasfilm has taken a property that feels lazy, uninspired, and cheap, and they've injected it with such a talented cast and crew that I'm more intrigued by it than any other upcoming Star Wars stand-alone film. Things got off to a good start when Lucasfilm announced that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directors of The LEGO Movie and the Jump Street series, would be taking on this film. Lord and Miller are two of the most exciting, energetic voices in Hollywood, and it's at the point where pretty much anything they touch turns to gold. But there was still the matter of who would be cast in the major roles, and if Lucasfilm didn't get the right actor to play Han, there would be a revolt from Star Wars fans. Thankfully, they didn't make that mistake. Hail, Caesar! and Rules Don't Apply star Alden Ehrenreich was cast as Solo earlier this year, emerging as the perfect choice for the iconic, roguish smuggler.
Lucasfilm followed that up months later by announcing that Donald Glover (aka rapper Childish Gambino) would be taking on the role of Lando Calrissian, a move that was met warmly by fans. And if that wasn't good enough, Lucasfilm announced on Friday that Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has joined the cast of the still untitled Han Solo movie. Clarke burst onto the scene in the aforementioned HBO show, and has slowly become a superstar in Hollywood. She appeared in this summer's sleeper hit Me Before You and last year's blockbuster flop Terminator: Genisys, and is set to star in multiple movies over the next few years. Star Wars will undoubtedly be her blockbuster breakout, and I'm very excited to see her join this universe. I'm not overly familiar with Clarke's work (I know, I need to watch Game of Thrones), but I'm hoping that she's given some real material to work with- I'd certainly be disappointed with a simple love interest role. Lord, Miller, and Lucasfilm continue to make all of the right moves with this film, and my anticipation can only grow from here.
The Untitled Han Solo Anthology Film will hit theaters on May 25, 2018. Before that, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will debut on December 16 and Star Wars: Episode VIII will premiere on December 15, 2017.
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