The untitled young Han Solo movie is still a solid year-and-a-half away from being released, but as the calendar winds down to a likely production start date for early in the new year, we will surely start to hear more about it. One thing’s for certain though, and that thing is that directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord are not to be underestimated. These are the guys that made a LEGO Movie that was funny and heartwarming and didn’t once feel like a toy commercial, and they were the guys that took a silly 80s Fox cop drama and made two hilarious comedic installments. So what can they do with Star Wars’ favourite scoundrel?
Bradford Young has an idea. Young is the cinematographer that’s been hired to make the young Han Solo movie look good, and while promoting his work on the upcoming Denis Villeneuve sci-fi drama The Arrival, Young talked to Collider in very broad strokes about what Lord and Miller have planned for Solo’s next grand adventure. “These cats are subversive, don’t let it fool you,” Young said with a laugh. “They are prepared to say exactly what they wanna say and it’s complex, it’s layered, it’s smart, it’s visual, it’s dramatic, it’s funny, it’s uneasy, it’s unexpected. These cats are—I’m honored to have them in the list of directors I’ve worked with, that’s for sure.”
Miller and Lord have certainly built a reputation on subverting expectations, and Young talked in more detail about what working with the pair is like as they get ready to make Han Solo’s story…
“It’s funny, here’s the thing about Phil Lord and Chris Miller: don’t let their track record fool you. Don’t put those guys in a box because they have a vision, they know exactly what they want. They have no hidden agenda, but they do have an agenda; they have a way of seeing that’s very special, and their collaboration is genuinely unique. So I have to say I had to get converted into that. I respect their work, I respect them as filmmakers, but I wasn’t quite sure if there would be a good marriage between what I’m trying to pursue and the work that I’m doing and what they’re doing, but they helped make that real clear to me early on by expressing some real interesting story [and] photographic ideas that really resonated with me. So once they started really pulling me into that world, I realized how much these cats have come from the same pedagogy of filmmaking—in the visual sense for sure, and definitely from an approach in terms of how we want to make movies, they come from the same school.”
As for specifics, all we know about the movie so far is that Alden Ehrenreich will play Han Solo and Donald Glover will play Lando Calrissian. The young Han Solo Star Wars story will be in theatres everywhere on May 25, 2018.