Hopefully as a dedicated reader of Nerd Bastards you did not let yesterday pass without saying to someone “May the 4th be with you.” The annual Star Wars Day commemoration is more relevant now than ever as it comes in the middle of a cycle of yearly Star Wars movies, this year caught between the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Shooting is presently underway on Star Wars Episode VIII, and then a young Han Solo movie is expected afterward, and one of the directors of the latter film is chomping at the bit to get on set.
Of course Chris Miller‘s tweet, in this context, has a double meaning.
— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) May 4, 2016
We like his enthusiasm, but it seems a little soon to start shooting the film, it’s still over two years away from being released and to our knowledge, they have yet to select an actor to play the youthful smuggler and captain of Millennium Falcon. At last report, Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!), Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Emory Cohen (Brooklyn) were the three that might be the one to get the role, but no word yet if Disney and Lucasfilm have picked a winner.
Expectations are definitely high for this one, and it’s all dependent on the actor they cast making the audience believe that they can be Han Solo in a manner equal to the talents of Harrison Ford. Still, Miller and co-director Phil Lord have beaten the odds before, so we shouldn’t count them out now, and there’s some obvious excitement on their part to get making this movie.
The young Han Solo will be in theaters everywhere in May 2018.