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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Ron Howard

We first met Han Solo in a grimy cantina on Tatooine in 1977 and he instantly became a beloved cinematic icon. Now everyone’s favourite scruffy looking nerf herder is leading his own film, with Hail Caesar!’s breakout star Alden Ehrenreich stepping into the role of the debonair smuggler made famous by Harrison Ford. Under director Ron Howard (with original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller earning producing credits), expect this to deliver on all the thrills, heart and incredible production design we’ve come to expect from the Star Wars saga.

"expect this to deliver on all the thrills, heart and incredible production design we’ve come to expect"

The story picks up years before that fateful meeting with Luke Skywalker, when Han Solo (Ehrenreich) is a young man navigating his way through the murky recesses of the galaxy’s criminal underworld. Here, he meets his hairy future co-pilot Chewbacca, and crosses paths with smooth-talking scoundrel Lando Calrissian (played by musician and actor Donald Glover) who just so happens to be in possession of a very familiar ship known as the Millennium Falcon. Meanwhile, the Empire has tightened its grip on the galaxy, and Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) approaches Han with a proposition to join a team he’s putting together.

Not content with simply re-treading the past, Star Wars films have been moving in increasingly exciting directions since 2015’s The Force Awakens, taking us to parts of the galaxy we’ve never seen before and this latest instalment looks set to do the same. With a phenomenally talented cast breathing new life into familiar characters, as well as some new friends to love (including BBC Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge as droid L3-37), we couldn’t be more excited to make the jump to lightspeed and travel once again to a galaxy far, far away.