Ever since Ron Howard took over directing duties for the Star Wars standalone movie about Han Solo, fans have been full of questions.
What happens to the footage that Chris Miller and Phil Lord shot and how much of it will be included in the final version? Will the story maintain the “heist or Western type feel” that producer Kathleen Kennedy described last year? What the heck was Michael K. Williams half-man, half-animal role and why was it cut? Will Rogue One’s Jyn Erso make an appearance? Perhaps most importantly, what are we calling this thing?
Well, we at least got our answer to that last question. Howard tweeted on Tuesday to announce that filming has wrapped and that the movie will be known simply as Solo.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
Okay, technically the name is Solo: A Star Wars Story, but the one-word version not only makes logical sense, it perhaps gives us a sense of what the plot will revolve around. Han Solo was always presented as a loner who was in it for himself until he finally found friendship, love, and a cause worth fighting for. Perhaps the prequel will lean into how he became the way he was at the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope.
If nothing else, naming the film Solo gives them a perfect naming system to use in case they make sequels. Solo 2: Duo, anyone?
The movie stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar) as our anti-hero, Donald Glover (Atlanta, Community) as Lando Calrissian, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. The cast also includes Woody Harrelson as Han’s mentor, while Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Thandie Newton (Westworld), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) all play yet-to-be-disclosed roles. Paul Bettany, Warwick Davis, and Howard’s brother Clint Howard also make appearances. Ron Howard has also teased lots of potential character appearances from the Star Wars universe as well.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018.