You can never really have too much of a good thing, which is great, because for Star Wars fans, the films are going to keep coming, thick and fast, from now until the end of time. Or at least the foreseeable future.
The first of the anthology series, Rogue One, has only increased excitement for future standalone movies; by creating breathing space between the main saga, Disney have been able to take risks, play with expectations, and add a genuinely refreshing take on the established franchise.
After next year's #StarWars8 release, the focus will return to the spinoffs, with the #HanSolo solo movie set for release in 2018. The adventures will follow a young version of the iconic smuggler, played by Alden Ehrenreich. In an interview with Lizo Mzimba on Twitter, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed production is imminent, confirming filming will begin in February next year.
Han Solo Will Break The Rules
Recently, Bradford Young — the cinematographer on the spinoff — confirmed that the film would break the rules, raising questions as to whether this would disappoint loyal fans. However, Rogue One has demonstrated that the anthology series can be the perfect opportunity to explore the #StarWars universe in a way never depicted before.
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While #RogueOne had elements of a gritty, World War II movie, and is certainly the darkest take on the franchise, the Han Solo movie — also set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope — has the opportunity to reimagine one of cinema's most beloved characters. Previously, Kennedy explained that the film "moves closer to a heist or Western type feel."
Leading man Ehrenreich will be joined by #DonaldGlover, who is playing Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke in an as-yet-unconfirmed role, and, most importantly, Chewbacca, as Chewbacca. Directorial team Phil Lord and Christopher Miller — who have worked on the likes of 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie — will be steering the spaceship.
Disney's next anthology, featuring a character who is known to enjoy rebelling, is only more enticing after Rogue One broke the rules with great success. It's safe to say, in contrast to his well-known catchphrase... I have a good feeling about this.
Are you excited for the Han Solo anthology?