It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. Because in addition to the main trilogy installments that will hit theaters every two years, Disney has introduced the concept of standalone films, which will help to expand the galaxy far, far away. While this idea was originally an experiment, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a massive success at the box office, as well as a critical darling. The next of these standalone films will be the young Han Solo movie, although details are extremely scarce for the mysterious film. But now we may have an idea when the film's title will finally be revealed.
Star Wars News Net is reporting that the Han Solo movie's official title will likely be revealed in July at this year's D23 event. The annual event will take place this year at the Anaheim Convention Center from July 14-16, which is where the official title for the franchise's second standalone film will reportedly be revealed.
This is pretty exciting news for the Star Wars community, which is dying to get details on the future Star Wars films. The franchise has been cloaked with ambiguity since before The Force Awakens was released. And while some of the die hards may want to get as much Star Wars info as possible, this level of secrecy allows for the plot twists and big moments to hit harder, as the audience gets to be genuinely surprised.
While details about the standalone film are few and far between, the young Han Solo movie has assembled a rather impressive cast. Hail, Caesar! actor Alden Ehrenreich will be playing the title character, and will be joined by all-star supporting actors. Community and Atlanta star Donald Glover will be taking on the role of Lando Calrissian from Billy Dee Williams and newcomer Joonas Suotamo was recently announced to be playing Chewbacca. In more mysterious roles are Woody Harrelson, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, and Westworld's Thandie Newton.
Regarding the plot, all we really know is that the film will revolve around a younger and more green Han Solo. Woody Harrelson will be playing a mentor for Han Solo, likely teaching him to become the scruffy looking nerf herder we know and love. Additionally, we'll likely find out how Chewbacca and Han Solo first become buddies (although fans of the novels may already have an idea), as well as how Han and Lando's relationship was before we met him in Cloud City during The Empire Strikes Back.
Regarding the female cast member's role in the film, we have no clue as to what role Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton will play in the film. But with two of HBO's biggest stars attached, I'm sure they'll get plenty of good material to play with.
The next installment into the Star Wars franchise will be Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15, 2017.