The Han Solo Movie Will Be ‘Completely Different’ to Rogue One
Rogue One director Gareth Edwards confirmed that the movie would be unlike the previous side-shoot installments of the Star Wars film canon.
While Rogue One was a box office and critical success, Edwards remarked in an interview at the Empire Film Awards that the work that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (the duo behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street) are doing on their Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film is nothing like what he did with his standalone movie, and it’s making him a tad jealous:
“[Lord and Miller] are amazing filmmakers. I’m very excited about what they do,” Edwards said. “It’ll be a completely different film to what we did. I think they’ve got the hardest task, I think, out of all the films that I heard about that one is probably the greatest challenge and they’re gonna knock it out of the park.”
Gareth was candid in saying that he wouldn’t have the guts to pull off what Lord and Miller are in the Han Solo standalone film, but expressed full confidence in the director duo, even teasing that he’s seen bits and pieces of what they’re working on.
“They’ve got really good taste. You glimpse things—you try not to—as you’re going about your business, but you see stuff,” he confessed. “And everything I saw, I got really jealous about it.”
The blockbuster success of Rogue One is both a blessing and a curse for the director team and their untitled Han Solo movie; a blessing because Edwards proved there is life beyond the original saga, and curse because it set the bar even higher for Lord and Miller to succeed. Not only do they have to make a film that floors moviegoers, they have to do it with the younger version of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), a beloved character (thanks to the roguish charm of Harrison Ford) in the Star Wars universe. Don’t expect the western-style movie to be too like the Death Star plan exposé, however.
Directed by “The Lego Movie” helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan and starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams and Woody Harrelson, the still-untitled Han Solo “Star Wars” anthology film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.