Production is underway on the upcoming Han Solo anthology movie, and now we've got a the first photo showing the cast and directors assembled inside the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.
Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) stars as the young version of everyone's favourite scoundrel, with the fantastic cast also including Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Han's mentor, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca (reprising his role from The Force Awakens), and Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton (not pictured) in unconfirmed roles.
The photo also confirms the casting of Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is rumoured to be playing the first main female droid character in Star Wars.
It's being directed by The LEGO Movie's Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, both of whom appear in the image above, and written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon. Of the talent involved, Lord and Miller said:
"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.”
Given the talent involved - the cast is ridiculously good, Lord and Miller are capable of turning the most insane ideas into gold, and Kasdan wrote the best Star Wars movie - there really ought to be more excitement than skepticism for this one. Hopefully that'll change as production really ramps up and we hear more about the movie.
The currently untitled film - Han Solo: A Star Wars Story isn't a bad bet for the title though - is scheduled for release on May 25, 2018. May 25 is of course the date the original Star Wars movie was released, which is a nice touch, although there's a good chance they'll move it back to the now traditional Star Wars slot of mid-December.
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