To celebrate the official wrapping of production on the young Han Solo film, Ron Howard has graced fans with the official title of Lucasfilm’s second spinoff movie. After what was one of the most confusing and frustrating productions in quite some time, the film is now done shooting, which means we fans can now be excited for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Yep, you heard that right. While it really isn’t all that of a surprising title, not including Solo’s first name is the surprising part, but there’s a reason.
Filming on Solo: A Star Wars Story started back in January with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller behind the camera. However, after nearly six months of shooting and just a handful of weeks from wrapping up, Lord and Miller were fired for what was first claimed as “creative differences,” but later revealed as a bit of a rogue mentality for the two young hotshots. Not even two days later was Ron Howard announced as the replacement, and he has sure never looked back.
We all wondered just how much Howard would reshoot, especially with only 3 weeks left in the scheduled shoot. But it’s now October, and that means that Howard didn’t just come in and finish the job or touch up a few scenes, he reshot an entire new film. This film no longer has the question of “who gets directors credit?” It’s a Ron Howard film from start to finish. Now, of course, Howard may use some things that were already there, considering the script Lord and Miller were using was from Lawrence and Jon Kasdan. But there’s no doubt in my mind and everyone else’s that the film we’ll be getting next May, it’s Ron Howard’s movie.
Now as for the title, I dig it. Is it was I was personally expecting? Not really. I was hoping for something quirky or unique, like Solo himself. But staying simple and keeping in line with the subtitle of Rogue One, it’s a smart move. Some one you may be asking why no Han in the title. Well think of it this way, Han Solo is known for one thing, going off the rails and doing his own thing (along with Chewie of course). So just Solo rather than his full name has a bit of a hidden meaning, just as Rogue One did.
With the reveal of the official title, it seems as if we’ll be receiving some sort of teaser trailer soon, which could be attached to Thor: Ragnarok next month, but more than likely Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December. What do you think of the title? Do you like the simplicity or were you hoping for something a bit more like Han Solo’s style? Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as young Lando, Emilia Clarke, and Woody Harrelson.