Traditionally, Star Wars movies have always been trilogies. Additional stories have been told through television series, books, made for TV movies about the Ewoks, and that infamous Christmas Special. However, the movies have always told one third of a story each. That changed with last year's release of the first Star Wars spinoff movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.Disney is now planning to switch off every year between the newest Star Wars trilogy film and the next spinoff film, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi launching next in 2017, followed by the Untitled Han Solo Movie in 2018.
Han Solo was originally played by Harrison Ford and will now be played by Alden Ehrenreich. A morally questionable character, the older Solo was a smuggler who was not above shooting first when questioned by a bounty hunter. He softened over time, though he never quite gave up on his roguish ways. Han's past has always been a bit of a mystery, having never spoken in the Star Wars films about where he came from or how he and his friend Chewbacca ended up smugglers. This new movie promises to reveal more about the beloved character, in these respects.
Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed the future of the Star Wars franchise during a talk with the press (and investors) in Santa Monica, revealing the following details about the Han Solo movie in the process (via reporter Ben Fritz):
Han Solo movie will follow him from age 18 through 24 and show him finding the Falcon, meeting Chewbacca, and getting his name, Iger says
— Ben Fritz (@benfritz) March 23, 2017
The character aging from 18 to 24 of course indicates that the events of the movie take place over a six year period. It's known that Han acquired his ship, the Millennium Falcon, from Lando Calrissian in a card game was spoken about in The Empire Strikes Back - though now, it looks like all the details of that event will be revealed. This also sheds some light on what Donald Glover - who is taking over the role of Lando from Billy Dee Williams - will be doing in the Han Solo film.
As for meeting Chewbacca, that's probably one of the stories fans have been clamoring for the most. The two characters have hardly ever been separated throughout four films thus far, until the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at least. Their meeting was detailed in the no-longer-canon novel The Hutt Gambit in the past, and it is unknown at this time whether the film will follow the same story or create a new one.
Han's name is certainly interesting, as most fans probably had no idea that it was ever changed. But after all, if the movie starts with him at 18 and shows him acquiring the moniker of Han Solo, he must have been called something else during his childhood.
There is still nearly a two year wait until the Untitled Han Solo Movie is released in theaters, so who knows what further information will find its way out into the world before than. In the meantime, the story of Rey, Finn, Poe, Luke, Leia, and Han's son Ben, aka Kylo Ren will continue without him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi this winter.
Source: Ben Fritz