The highly rumored Star Wars anthology film about the origins of the beloved Han Solo has been confirmed by Disney. The film will tell the backstory of the charismatic smuggler and will not include Harrison Ford, instead a younger version of him who still hasn’t been cast.
The other part of this announcement from Disney is pretty sweet as well. Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the team that brought you The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, will be directing the spin-off. They are some of the most sought-after talent working in Hollywood and will hopefully bring some nice comedic beats to the story of Han.
Christopher Miller and Phil Lord
Another bonus: the screenplay is to be written by father/son team, Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. Lawrence is extremely familiar to Star Wars fans for having wrote Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens.
Still, the one big mystery revolves around the casting, which has yet to be announced. Leave it to the internet to work out their ideas on who will step into the iconic shoes of Han Solo.
The biggest (and in my opinion, best) rumor is that Aaron Paul will be cast as Han.
This casting would be perfect and hopefully Disney gets on board. The rumors started when Paul instagrammed a screenshot of the official Star Wars Twitter, who just started following him. The picture included the caption “dreams are coming true.” Of course, in the comments, everyone lost their minds (and often throwing the word “bitch” somewhere into the mix.)
There are a host of other rumored castings and fan hopefuls, all of which would be suitable. Here are a few of the names thrown around:
The untitled Han Solo Film is scheduled to be released in May of 2018. It will proceed the first stand-alone Star Wars film Rogue One, which is due next year and has had a bit of it’s own casting rumors flying around recently.