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As we ramp up the hype for Solo: A Star Wars Story, Director Ron Howard has dropped an all-new featurette that showcases more of the upcoming movies locations, characters and plotlines.
Solo: A Star Wars Story takes us to a galaxy far, far away as we follow the exploits of the young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). The movie, which is set to be the first of three, will hark back to the early days of the Solo and Chewy era where it will catalogue the many a daring exploit of the troublesome twosome and their iconic ship, the Millennium Falcon.
This will be a real exciting trip down memory lane for many of you as we leapfrog back in time to the early days of our favourite old-school stars from the original series. Including the likes of Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), and, I'm sure, Boba Fett (TBC).
Today, Lucasfilm dropped the latest featurette aptly named Becoming Solo, which takes us ever-deeper into the upcoming feature. Included in the featurette is Director Ron Howard, who casually supports the sequence with various nuggets of information re the goings on in the background.
The world is one that we have not really seen before in Star Wars. It is a world within which the Empire has complete and unified control, as Howard points out.
We also see Emilia Clarke, who takes on the role of Qi'ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story, tell us about how Han Solo and Chewy are always getting up to mischief but always seem to get out of trouble Scot-free. “He does these stupid things that should never work, but they do.”
Check out the featurette below:
Although, we believe it not be official public knowledge, according to Ehrenreich, in an interview with Esquire, recently, he mentioned that his contract with Disney and Lucasfilm ties him into three movies, "I don't know if that's officially public."
This is not the biggest news of the day, nor is it the most surprising—with such a vast universe to explore and infinite predicaments for the twosome to get involved in, and with such a huge array of other classic characters to tie into the early days, it makes sense to space the adventures out.
In the same interview, Ehrenreich also spoke about the movies original Directors, Lord and Miller. FYI, if you were not aware, Lord and Miller were 'let go' in June, last year, after apparent conflicts with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. Ehrenreich stated that their direction style was very different to that of Ron Howard.
"They had a different style than Ron in terms of the way we were working. From the first screen test on, we played around with it a lot. We tried a lot of different things, rethinking behind the scenes. That was yielding a different movie than the other factions wanted. I knew what I was doing, but in terms of what that adds up to, you're so in the dark as an actor. You don't know what it's shaping up to be, how they're editing it, so it's kind of impossible without having seen those things to know what the difference [of opinion] was, or exactly what created those differences."
But following the takeover from Howard, all seems straight forward (we believe).
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theatres May 25th.
It was also recently announced that Jon Favreau (Jungle Book) is working on an episodic Star Wars series that will air on Disney's own streaming platform. This will launch next year alongside two other Star Wars movies which are yet to be announced.
Stay tuned to Vocal for more!