Legendary Star Wars scribe Lawrence Kasdan –who worked on The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens – recently chatted to fans at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, and revealed the shooting dates for the upcoming movie.
Kasdan seemed highly enthusiastic about the film, which he reveals will begin filming in London next year!
“My son [Jon] and I wrote the script and […] they’re […] shooting in January. And it should be fun.”
He also revealed that it is due to be released in 2018, ahead of what many fans had previously thought.
“They’re actually scheduled for May. The [other Star Wars films] are falling on Christmas — Rogue One and Episode 9. Han will come before Episode 9.”
Untitled, and rumoured to feature Hail, Caesar! star Alden Ehrenreich in the titular role, the movie is set to chart fan favourite Han Solo’s early days.
Even though little is known about where the story may take us, fans are already speculating that the film will tell us how he came to own the Millennium Falcon, how he befriended Chewbacca, or of his earlier exploits with bounty hunters and the growing Empire.
However, the chance to see the early adventures of the roguish and mysterious smuggler has been met with a bit of scepticism from fans, who have certain other prequels on their minds no doubt.
When quizzed about this, Kasdan was quick to reassure the festival goers that they can expect great things from the movie.
“Oh, I think so! You know, Chris Miller and Phil Lord are going to direct it. They’re great, funny and imaginative and we’ve had a great time together.”
Miller and Lord have of course, been behind the recent successes of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, as well 21 and 22 Jump Street, so I’m sure we’re in for another bitingly funny adventure from them.
With Rogue One set to hit our screens this December, Episodes VIII and IX to follow in the coming years, coupled with the rumoured Boba Fett movie, we are set for an amazingly awesome time!!
Even though we’ll miss Harrison Ford in the role now that he’s, um, indisposed in the current story, his famous character said it himself in The Empire Strikes Back:
“I think you just can’t bear to let a gorgeous guy like me out of your sight.”