When Lucasfilm's young Han Solo spinoff began production back in January, there were so few actors attached to the project, some felt the film would be a much smaller-scale Star Wars film when compared to its predecessors. However, in the months since, the ensemble has grown, and the quartet of Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Woody Harrelson has been joined by the likes of Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been rolling their cameras for the better part of a month now, but there were apparently still some roles left to be filled. A standout from one of 2016's under-appreciated gems, Sing Street's Ian Kenny, has now made plans to join the galaxy far, far away with a part in Han Solo.
The news comes courtesy of Variety, and in typical Lucasfilm fashion, details about the character are unknown for the time being. Regardless of who Kenny is playing, the actor is another strong addition to the Han Solo cast. He shined last year as Barry in the aforementioned Sing Street, portraying a school bully who has a change of heart and befriends the kids in the band. Obviously, acting in a Star Wars movie is a huge stage for Kenny, and he should only see his profile grow in the coming years.
Many of the new faces Han Solo will introduce to the series are largely a mystery, but the past couple of days have seen some nuggets of information hit the Internet. Harrelson recently confirmed his character is named Beckett (not Garris Shrike, as originally rumored), and Disney CEO Bob Iger shared some basic plot beats. Lord and Miller will be depicting roughly six years of the smuggler's youth (from ages 18 - 24) while highlighting some key life moments. These include meeting his lifelong friend Chewbacca, acquiring the Millennium Falcon, and how he received his famous name fans know and love. Those revelations have caused some viewers to grow increasingly skeptical of the prequel, but with Lord and Miller working in conjunction with veteran Star Wars scribe Lawrence Kasdan, there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
With the film remaining on track for a May 2018 release, there's a little over a year before it hits theaters. Curious minds should get to see some official details from the movie soon. This December's The Last Jedi is going to be the main focus of Star Wars Celebration, but D23 should be a hotbed for Han Solo content, such as the unveiling of the title. Hopefully at that convention, we learn a little more about what the creative team has in store and maybe even see some footage. Time will tell.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017