Phil Lord & Chris Miller to Direct Han Solo 'Star Wars' Movie for 2018

July 7, 2015

Star Wars Anthology

Time to geek out, my friends! Because everything is awesome (in a galaxy far, far away). Disney + Lucasfilm have officially announced that The LEGO Movie co-directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord will be directing the next upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie. Currently set for release in May of 2018 (on May 25th, 2018 in the summer), this second spin-off (following Rogue One) in the Star Wars Anthology series will be about Han Solo. Specifically, it's about "how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley." The screenplay is written by father/son team Lawrence Kasdan & Jon Kasdan. Yes! This is the news we were waiting for.

We've been anxiously awaiting new details on the continuation of the Star Wars Anthology series, and now we have more to work with. Rogue One is about plans to steal the Death Star plans and will apparently include Darth Vader, to be directed by Gareth Edwards. That one is up first, due in late 2016 with filming starting soon. Following that film we'll get this one next - still untitled, but a spin-off story about Han Solo directed by the guys who brought us The LEGO Movie, 21 + 22 Jump Street and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. This one is due out in 2018. Lord & Miller commenting on the news from the press release:

"This is the first film we've worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you're late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you've loved since before you can remember having dreams at all."

Dang, this is huge for these two. If there are any two filmmakers that have a grasp on comedy, it's Lord & Miller; I've laughed more at their movies in the last 5 years than pretty much anything else. They have been rumored for a number of major projects all over Hollywood, but it's also exciting to see them working on Star Wars. "It's not just any filmmaker who can tell the story of such a beloved icon like Han Solo, and I'm excited to say we've found the perfect team to handle the task. Larry and Jon [the writers] know all there is to know about the character, and Chris and Phil will bring their wit, style, energy and heart to tell Han's story," said Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy. It sounds like she's just as excited about this decision as we are.

Everything about the way this new era of Star Wars movies is being handled sounds like it's going to turn out remarkable. I'm really hoping that's the case. Every move so far has been inspired. They've focused their sights on and found some of the most talented, young filmmakers working in Hollywood and I can't wait to see the results. Lord & Miller present the early (mis-)adventures of Han Solo? Shut up and take my money.

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I'm super excited for this. While they've pretty much only done comedies (that I can think of) they are great storytellers and know how to bring out the heart of their stories. I can totally see their wit in Han Solo.

Danimal on Jul 7, 2015


Nooooo!!! Not another prequel!! And with Han Solo?? You're fucking with one of the most beloved Star Wars characters! Young Indiana Jones sucked.... I have a bad feeling about this....

TheOct8pus on Jul 7, 2015


go fuck yourself with a rusty knife you pitiful piece of shit, this movie with these people is gonna be awesome and you know it fuckstick

davidshaw on Jul 8, 2015


David! Your pills! You and I obviously love Han Solo equally....that's why I'm merely exhibiting some healthy skepticism. Here's why I'm cautiously pessimistic about this venture: 1- Harrison Ford made Han Solo awesome (when he was 30 years old). They're gonna have to re-cast Han Solo with a younger actor, who not only will have to act well, but he'll have to play Han Solo to the T, which is a massive challenge. 2 - 90% of prequels are total garbage (especially in the Star Wars universe). When I hear "Star Wars prequel" I get traumatic flashbacks of The Phantom Menace 3 - Han Solo in the original trilogy has always been a mysterious character. The mystery of his origins has always made him an interesting character. Shining a light on his dark past may ruin the mystery and the badassness of the original Han Solo. 4 - Prequels inevitably fuck with the Canon. It's like writing a new chapter in the middle of the book years after the book has been completed....why fix something that wasn't broken in the first place? Anyway, that's just my opinion. I'm glad you're passionate about my favorite character, Han Solo.

TheOct8pus on Jul 8, 2015


troll much? what's up with you bashing every comment that is not excited about this news? What do you care, the news is good for you since it seems, you WANT to see a Han Solo movie, and it's HAPPENING. Sit back and enjoy the ride. It's not like the producers are going to halt production because of this thread. However if you make a immature & poorly written come back to me, then I hope you enjoy the ride anyways. P.S. see you in the cinemas on December 18th

Joker's hideout on Jul 8, 2015


What ruined the prequels for me was that Anakin Skywalker was a bitch... Sure they had a couple of great moments, but Anakin was not one of them. Darth Vader needed no better introduction then the one in A New Hope. And I kinda feel the same about Han Solo. Lord and Miller are great at what they do, that they have going for them, but with a universe filled with characters they had to pick one of the known ones...

Enola on Jul 8, 2015


Three frigging years to wait.

leemoder on Jul 7, 2015


Cautiously optimistic on this news. I really don't think origin stories of these beloved characters are really necessary. But it's going to happen anyway, so might as well stay positive and hope for the best.

ListenToVinyl on Jul 7, 2015


LOL. Maybe this is where they jump the shark? I know they could really kill it, but I am thinking this one might be too much for them. I mean this is like a real IP, not some fledgling thing like Lego or 21 JUMP STREET.

DAVIDPD on Jul 7, 2015


quit being a piece of shit and just be happy for once fucktard

davidshaw on Jul 8, 2015


Thank you for your input davidshaw. I apologize if you seemed to perceive negativity from my comment. All I was trying to say was I do not know if this will be good or not. Not negativity, but neutrality. I understand many people believe negativity and neutrality to be one in the same, but I assure you that I did not intend for my comment to be read as negative. Be well.

DAVIDPD on Jul 8, 2015


WTF Dude??? As far as I know DAVIDDP is one of the more constructive people on FS.Net Not liking his comment is one thing, but getting personal is just wrong...

Enola on Jul 8, 2015


Agreed! Why the hate for my man DAVIDPD!? He's been here since the early days and always has great insights! Seems as though there has been a slight lowering of the standards around here lately. A lot more trolling and flaming, as opposed to the civilized and friendly banter that always separated from some of the other places. Let's keep it classy folks...

BigNate BoxOfficer on Jul 8, 2015


..."one of the more constructive people on FS.Net" Heh. Not saying much, there.

txJM on Jul 8, 2015


from all characters they can choose from they choose the most boring one! unbelievable! The directors are off course well chosen, but still a letter down for me....

ari smulders on Jul 7, 2015


you're fucking retarded, Han Solo is by far the best character in the entire original trilogy

davidshaw on Jul 8, 2015


it's your opinion not mine, and by the way you are a very decent man,your mother would be proud of you....

ari smulders on Jul 8, 2015


He became the best character, but he is probably the most boring one.

Jon Odishaw on Jul 8, 2015


Maybe quit being a little bitch.

txJM on Jul 19, 2015


I don't think Han Solo is boring at all. Luke, Leia and Obi Wan are all pretty boring to me. Han Solo is the only "real" character in the original trilogy. He's like an old west cowboy who got transplanted into this crazy alien world. He's the "everyman" of the world. The only real "human" if you will....and he's the only character with a sense of humor. If Star Wars was shot like "The Office", Han Solo would look at the camera a lot.

TheOct8pus on Jul 8, 2015


I and don't have it with han solo sorry! For me it was luke skywalker, boba fett, Darth maul... But I do get that other people have...

ari smulders on Jul 8, 2015


Mixed feelings on these new prequels. The rumour of an Obi-Wan film was also interesting, but I can't help but feèl these iconic characters should be left alone and the background remain a mystery. Anything set in the past should take a major jump IMO and look at the Sith Wars, a lot of material could be picked to make a fresh movie on the origins on the conflict between Jedi and Sith

Steven on Jul 8, 2015


Where's my Chewie and Gen. Ackbar buddy Anthology comedy movie?!

jd3000 on Jul 8, 2015


I still haven't recovered from the severe migraine that I got from The Lego Movie, wish they picked a different director(s) for this project.

cuckoozey on Jul 8, 2015


I am cautiously optimistic about this film. I like the directors, I like the writers, and I love the original character. I read several short stories waaaaay back when about a younger Han and Chewie on some of their smuggling adventures, and how Han obtained the Falcon, and so forth. But, I can say I don't want a story about a 19 year old Han just out of puberty trying to find his way. I want a good action or suspense story, including how he saved Chewie from slavery (if I remember correctly, I may be wrong) thus giving Chewie his wookie life debt to Han, because they weren't always best buds, that took time. And while some say Han was boring, I always looked at him as the reluctant hero, a dude with a hot rod ship, content with doing jobs on the fringes of legality, and willing to avoid any "Imperial entanglements" who through fate becomes a rebel leader.

theslayer5150 on Jul 8, 2015

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