Although all the focus is currently on next month's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Lucasfilm train keeps on rolling and we will be getting Star Wars films for the foreseeable future. That will continue with next year's prequel spinoff film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Han Solo origin story has seen its fair share of behind-the-scenes drama as original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were replaced with veteran director Ron Howard. There have been a lot of questions as to how much the film has changed under Ron Howard's direction and how much needed to be reshot. Now, Solo: A Star Wars Story actress Thandie Newton shed some light on her perspective, noting,
Apart from the initial shock and feeling bad for [Lord and Miller] not being able to finish their work, their work is everywhere in it. Ninety percent of my stuff is with them. And it certainly wasn't about, 'Oh we have to start again and do it all over.'
Thandie Newton's comments to Entertainment Weekly seem to drive home the positive sentiments that have come out of the Solo production since Ron Howard took over directing duties. Ron Howard has been using his social media to post a lot of positive vibes from the set and the film is still on track to hit its release date. Thandie Newton's role in the film is a mystery, but it is encouraging to hear that, at least from her perspective, Solo: A Star Wars Story with Ron Howard didn't have to start from scratch. While there is some debate about how much of the film has been reshot, reshoots in and of themselves are part of the process on big budget films and there are countless great films that have also had troubled productions.
Solo: A Star War Story will chronicle the early years of that galaxy far far away's greatest pilot and smuggler. We have already seen the ending of Han Solo's journey and this film will give us the chance to see how it began. While some fans may prefer that Han Solo's origin and past exploits remain shrouded in mystery, this movie is happening, so we might as well get excited about the possibilities. It would be especially interesting to see the origin of Han and Chewie's friendship and the life debt incurred. There is also a good chance we will see a certain sabacc tournament and the infamous Kessel Run.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Ron Howard, based on a script by Jon and Lawrence Kasdan. It stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Donald Glover and Thandie Newton and opens in theaters on May 25th, 2018. For all the latest on Solo: A Star Wars Story, stay locked on CinemaBlend and be sure to check out the schedule for everything coming out next year.