The Star Wars franchise has certainly dealt with its fair share of behind-the-scenes drama with each passing movie , but arguably none have been more impactful than the directorial shake-up on Solo: A Star Wars Story. Approximately 75% of the way into principal photography, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller exited due to creative differences with Lucasfilm, and Ron Howard was brought in as their replacement. Howard wrapped up filming on Solo: A Star Wars Story last October, but now there's word that more reshoots are scheduled for later this month.
According to a Redditor who posted a form last year about how Solo: A Star Wars Story (addressed by its working title, Red Cup) was resuming filming in July, the next standalone Star Wars movie will be conducting three weeks worth of reshoots starting at the end of January and going into February. Supposedly this extra filming will just be pickups rather than anything too radical. As is the case with most Reddit reports, it's worth taking this information with a grain of salt, but if it's legitimate, ideally the reshoots won't interfere with Solo: A Star Wars Story meeting its May release date.
Ron Howard was behind the camera on Solo: A Star Wars Story for eight weeks; three of which were the remainder of principal photography, and the remainder were scheduled reshoots. Officially, it's unclear just how much of the movie was changed once Howard started overseeing things, although the reshoots did lead to Michael K. Williams role being cut and Paul Bettany being recast in his place. According to Donald Glover and Thandie Newton, Howard's involvement didn't lead to any radical overhauls, and the original vision for the movie largely remains intact. In contrast, Bettany says that Howard "reshot a lot more than was originally intended." Still, with only four months to go until Solo: A Star Wars Story's release, we have yet to see how the movie looks outside of behind-the-scenes photos posted by Howard on social media.
No official plot details for Solo: A Star Wars Story have been revealed yet, other than the fact that it will follow Han Solo in his younger years, long before he became a Rebel hero. The movie's main cast includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Beckett, Emilia Clarke as Kira, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.
As things officially stand now, Solo: A Star Wars Story will blast its way into theaters on May 25, and according to Ron Howard, now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters, it won't be long until we see the first trailer for the next Star Wars movie. Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates on Solo: A Star Wars Story, and look through our 2018 premiere guide to see what movies not set in a galaxy far, far away will be released this year