After experiencing a bit of a director shakeup earlier in the year, Disney’s Han Solo movie has wrapped production. Not only does this mean that it’s still on track for its original launch date, but it also now has a title. Somewhat disappointingly, Disney went with just about the most predictable title it could come up with.
As revealed by new director Ron Howard on Twitter, the title of this movie will be Solo: A Star Wars Story. That makes it the second “Star Wars Story” film created with Disney at the helm, with the first being last year’s Rogue One. As a reminder, these Star Wars Story films are intended to be one-off movies about the Star Wars universe that launch between mainline releases.
Even though Solo‘s original pair of directors – Phil Lord and Christopher Miller – ended up departing from the project back in June, it looks like the movie’s filming schedule hasn’t suffered too much of a setback under Ron Howard. Disney still plans to release Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25, 2018, so assuming nothing else in post-production pushes that date back, we’ll only have to wait about five months in between Star Wars films, with The Last Jedi set to premiere in December.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is set before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and follows a younger Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. Story details about the film have been slim, but it seems relatively safe to assume that the movie will cover how Han Solo came to own the Millennium Falcon. At least that’s what it should follow, but we’ll have to wait until the first trailers land to find out what the premise is.
It’ll be interesting to see how Solo: A Star Wars Story does at the box office, as it’ll be the first summer release for Star Wars since Disney took the reins on the franchise. Hopefully more information for Solo surfaces soon, but considering that we’re just a couple of months out from The Last Jedi, don’t expect the marketing campaign for the movie to kick into full gear until we’re into 2017.