It's official. Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) are directing a standalone Star Wars film focusing on a young Han Solo.
The as-yet-untitled film will be written by the father-son team of Lawrence and Jon Kasdan. The elder Kasdan of course co-wrote the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens.
Set for release May 25, 2018, the story will focus on the early days of Solo and how he "became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Sky Walker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered" in Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope.
“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," said Miller and Lord in a jointly attributed quote. "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.”
Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy is onboard to produce the film, and call the pairs of writers and directors "the perfect team".
“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 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.”
There's no word yet on Harrison Ford's involved in this project. Interestingly enough, it wouldn't be the first time Lucasfilm have looked to visit the early years of a character portrayed by Ford. In 1992, the then-independent studio launched the television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles with Sean Patrick Flannery playing the young archeological adventurer.