Lucasfilm has made no secret of their plans to keep the Star Wars franchise alive indefinitely. 2015’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was only the beginning. The film acted as just the first in a brand new trilogy, with self-contained Star Wars Anthology movies releasing in the off-years. The new Anthology series kicked off in 2016 with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but many are looking to 2018, eagerly awaiting the yet to be titled Han Solo film.
Even a year away, we still have tons of information about what we can expect from the Han Solo origin story. We have our directors, lead actor, and most importantly, a set-in-stone release date that has us counting down the days. So without further ado, here’s exactly what we know so far.
1. The controversy surrounding Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Star Wars directing jobs are typically doled out to a certain kind of creative type. What we see is a collection of sci-fi and action mainstays, composed of guys like J.J. Abrams (The Force Awakens), Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi), Gareth Edwards (Rogue One), and Colin Trevorrow (Episode IX).
Lucasfilm went in a completely different direction for the Han Solo movie, originally bringing on The Lego Movie masterminds Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, a duo whose background is almost entirely in the realm of comedy. It would have made for an interesting break from the norm to say the very least, bringing in talent that breaks the mold of what we usually see for Star Wars.
That all fell apart though when Lucasfilm announced that they would be parting ways with the duo over “creative differences.” It makes for some odd timing, given that Lord and Miller were just three weeks away from wrapping the film. A report from Variety cites their tendency to go off script on the set as one of the driving factors, as well as frequent clashes with Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy.