The Han Solo Movie Officially Starts Filming, New Cast Image Released

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It’s official folks.  2018’s Star Wars Han Solo movie has begun production, as announced by none other than Lucasfilm themselves.  A new cast photo has been released to celebrate this occasion, showing off the stars, some of which were not actually confirmed until today.

Principal photography began on February 20, 2017 at Pinewood Studios in London, Lucasfilm stated in a post on the Star Wars website.

Clockwise from bottom left: co-director Christopher Miller, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, co-director Phil Lord, and Donald Glover. Photo credit: Jonathan Olley ©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

As announced previously, the untitled Han Solo movie is set before the events that occurred in 1977’s A New Hope.  It will focus on Han Solo’s “early encounters” with Lando Calrissian.

Han Solo is played by Alden Ehrenreich, with Donald Glover portraying Lando Calrissian.  Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has also been cast in the movie, alongside Hunger Games actor Woody Harrelson, both in currently unspecified roles.  Westworld actress Thandie Newton and Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge will appear in the movie as well, though their parts have not been announced.

Basketball player Joonas Suotamo plays Chewbacca.

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,” directors Chris Lord and Phil Miller said in a statement.  “We can’t think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky.

The Han Solo movie opens on May 25, 2018.  The next entry in the Star Wars series is this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which picks up immediately after the events of 2015’s The Force Awakens.

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