HOLLYWOOD – The first shot of the Han Solo standalone movie hit the internet today.

Han Solo – A Star Wars Story will be the first animated movie in the new Disney run franchise.  Alden Ehrenreich voices Solo and Donald Glover will play Lando. Directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord dropped in to explain the decision to make the movie a cartoon:

First, we wanted to make the film as close to the original as possible and as good as the cast is they just don’t look enough like the original actors. So we decided to draw them with pencils and color them in with crayons. Plus we’re frankly more comfortable with pictures. It’s going to be Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs meets Star Wars.

Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan have written the script.

Doing the cartoon gives us a lot of options. There are characters we can include. Jar Jar for instance. He’s a cartoonish character so we’re really going to do this right. And we connect the Clone Wars as well because a lot of those drawings have already been done.

Disney release Han Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25, 2018.


HOLLYWOOD – Daniel Day-Lewis has signed up to play the coveted role of Chewbacca in the eagerly awaited Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.

“Our first choice for the role was The Rock,” said co-director Phil Lord.

We wanted to go with a big guy and The Rock seemed like the perfect fit but as we were about to call him up Daniel sent us an audition tape and it was absolutely astounding.  

According to Lord, the tape contained a three hour documentary of Lewis living as a Wookie on their home planet of Kashyyyk:

He’s been living there for five years. At first the Wookies were a little bit apprehensive but he won them over by staging a one man stage production of The Bridge Over the River Kwai. In a little over a year he’d grown all over body hair, mastered the language and taken a Wookie bride. He’s now the proud father of two sons and a daughter, but the amazing thing is, they are 100% Wookie. They don’t carry a single trace of human DNA which can only mean that Daniel is so good at method acting, he’s managed to change the genetic code of his own sperm. Suck on that, De Niro.

Asked if he’d cast any other characters for the Han Solo spin-off, Lord was refreshingly candid:

Sure. We’ve got Zac Efron on board playing Greedo, Russell Crowe as Jabba the Hutt and we’re in early discussions with Tom Hardy to play the role of the Millennium Falcon.

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is due in 2018