Disney and LucasFilm officially launched a new era of the beloved and successful sci-fi franchise Star Wars with the release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens last year. Now, the studio has a number of films within the universe planned to hit theaters in the coming years, including further episodes within the main series. Additionally, anthology movies will be released, such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story later this year and the untitled Han Solo prequel in 2018.
Although the leading role has yet to be officially cast, Disney and LucasFilm tapped co-directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) for the Han Solo spinoff while Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan is penning the script with his son Jon. Currently, Star Wars: Episode VIII is in the middle of production - with release scheduled for 2017 - but now Miller has teased the beginning of shooting on the Han Solo movie.
In honor of May 4th and #MayThe4thBeWithYou, Miller released a photo of Han Solo's blaster on Twitter with the caption: "Can't wait to get 'shooting'!" Check out Miller's tweet:
— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) May 4, 2016
Of course, the photo and caption seem to be a reference to Han Solo's iconic introduction in Star Wars: Episode IV - the quickdraw cantina scene in which Han shot first during a showdown with the alien bounty hunter Greedo - though the scene was hotly contested by Star Wars fans until the question was finally answered. However, Miller's May the 4th Be With You tease also seems to indicate production will soon begin rolling on the Han Solo standalone project.
In terms of the Star Wars movie release slate, this particular anthology film will arrive sooner following the preceding movie than the others - The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and Episode VIII have all been scheduled roughly a year apart, whereas Han Solo will hit theaters six months after Episode VIII. So, the production on the Han Solo film may need to begin either prior to or shortly following the completion of shooting on Episode VIII, which recently passed the halfway point.
That being said, the Han Solo spinoff seems to still be in the process of casting and has yet to announce the official star who will take on the role of the iconic Star Wars scoundrel - a role previously played by Harrison Ford. Last we heard, Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar) was the frontrunner, though other young up-and-comers like Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Dave Franco (Neighbors), and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) were rumored for the role as well. However, once the Han Solo film has found its star, it may not be long before shooting begins, as Miller teases.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Chris Miller