Han Solo to Get ‘Star Wars’ Standalone Film From ’21 Jump Street’ Directors

Han Solo Get 'Star Wars' Standalone

Disney had been promising a series of spinoffs to the powerful “Star Wars” franchise it acquired when it bought LucasFilm. Now the studio is preparing a new feature focusing on the life of young hero Han Solo, to be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the partners who gained acclaim by helming “The Lego Movie” and the “21 Jump Street” films, Walt Disney Studios announced Tuesday.

The Han Solo standalone is slated for a May 25, 2018, release date and is written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley. Lawrence Kasdan co-wrote other franchise entries “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” and “The Force Awakens.” Jon Kasdan wrote and directed “The First Time,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and “In the Land of Women,” as well as writing for the television series “Freaks and Geeks” and “Dawson’s Creek.”

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us,” the directing duo said in a statement. “This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”

“We’re so excited to be working with Chris and Phil, who will bring a fresh new dimension to the ‘Star Wars’ universe,” said the Kasdans. “They’re two of the smartest, funniest and most original filmmakers around, and the ideal choice to tell the story of Han Solo, one of the coolest characters in the galaxy.”

Kathleen Kennedy, who will produce the film, added, “It’s not just any filmmaker who can tell the story of such a beloved icon like Han Solo, and I’m excited to say we’ve found the perfect team to handle the task. Larry and Jon know all there is to know about the character, and Chris and Phil will bring their wit, style, energy and heart to tell Han’s story.”

Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will exec produce, with Will Allegra co-producing.

The next release from the franchise, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” is due out this Christmas.

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  1. jazzyjules63 says:

    Chris Zylka looks closest to a young Harrison Ford.

  2. TheRealTosh says:

    Han Solo needs to be Dean from Supernatural.

  3. Bill B. says:

    Man, how many Star Wars films are in the works?! I’m losing track. The first of this reboot hasn’t even come out yet and already it seems like there are too many sequels or prequels or remakes or reboots or whatever. Not gonna happen, but it would be almost funny if the first one was a flop.

  4. Alan says:

    A Han Solo movie. How predictable & boring. Has no one at Disney got any imagination! COME ON!!!!!!!! Come up with something original for crying out loud!!!!!!

  5. Adam says:

    Anthony Ingruber would make the perfect young Han Solo! His resemblance to a young Harrison Ford is uncanny. He gets my vote. Come on Disney/Christopher Miller/Phil Lord/Kathleen Kennedy, cast Anthony Ingruber!!!

    • Andy Derksen says:

      Ingruber all the way. He’s a natural fit, provided he can act it consistently.

    • Bill B. says:

      He does have the right looks, but I doubt they are going to put a virtual unknown in the lead of this pricey piece, but maybe if they think that the idea and the story alone is the star. Tough role to cast. Pratt sticks out like a sore thumb, but he’s too old and way too involved with other major franchises. Enough already. Liam Hemsworth is the right age and he looks good, but does he have the “charm” or acting chops for this. Josh Hutcherson is also the right age and he can act, but he’s too small in physical stature. In any event, if they do go with an unknown, you’ve picked the right one, though he has already played a young Harrison Ford so they may not want to repeat that, but how many Star Wars fans saw The Age of Adaline?!

  6. Adams for Solo! says:

    The only person on earth who can do this justice is Patrick J. Adams. Surly, smart, tough, likable, athletic, he’s even a carpenter like Harrison. He’s the right tool for this job. The rest are lightweights.

    • Bill B. says:

      Mid 30’s. Too old for this role.

    • jurassicworldmg says:

      No JJ Adams is not right for the job….and don’t people see this is the exact same thing they did with X MEN? …X MEN came out with films then focused on one character…they are doing the same thing with STAR WARS which is an insult…

      X MEN …THEN X MEN: WOLVERINE ORIGINS
      STAR WARS…THEN STAR WARS: HAN SOLO ORIGINS

      WHAT AN INSULT TO STAR WARS!!!

  7. Jedi77 says:

    Glad Pratt is too old, he is as unlike Harrison Ford as you could possibly be.
    Everything funny has to contain chauvanist sexual innuendo with Pratt, I don’t get it. Ford is much to classy for that.

    If age wasn’t a concern, Timothy Olyphant would be the man!

  8. Dan says:

    I hope they will follow the story in “The Han Solo Trilogy” book set. Or will Star Wars canon be getting yet another giant hole ripped into it when $$$ appear?

  9. AJ says:

    finally that han solo gets some much needed attention. Dont know who’s more overhyped by inane fanboys, he or Boba Fett.

  10. Mike says:

    Star Wars doesn’t need a stand alone; they are just taking a body of work and ripping off the arm, despite how painful it feels for the fans.

  11. JoeR says:

    I thought these guys had signed to do THE FLASH movie? Which is it? (BTW, the STAR WARS spin-offs are a bad idea. Talk about driving something into the ground!)

  12. darklighter says:

    Actually the past of Star Wars technically…….well….it is!

  13. Wookielover says:

    There are 6 books regarding Han Solo’s History – a 1979 trilogy and a 1997 trilogy. Are they writing something new? Do they even know there is already a considerable amount of backstory that’s accepted as cannon?

  14. Mella says:

    With all these movie universes, AMC should officially announce a Breaking Bad Television Universe.
    They already have the great Better Call Saul and The Rise of Gus is in development. Now they just need to create a post-Breaking Bad show around Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).

  15. Kelly says:

    X Men. …then X Men: Wolverine Origins….

    Star Wars The Force Awakens (reboot title) …then Star Wars: Han Solo Origins

    using the same selling strategy for x men with a legacy like Star Wars? BAD IDEA

  16. Kelly says:

    Stewwwpid idea

  17. WAM says:

    scott eastwood

  18. Jerome Maida says:

    And you can make intelligent posts but you choose not to do that

  19. nerdrage says:

    So, Chris Pratt or Bradley Cooper?

  20. Craig says:

    While I do like Pratt a lot, I think he’s a BAD choice for Solo… Reason being he’s ALREADY Star-Lord, a Han Solo-esque character in a ‘very’ Star Wars-ish film. A lil’ too much blending in and out of films, it’s going to take us completely where the current problems are, only having 3-5 ‘movie star’ to use for any film.

  21. I fail to see what’s so original about a 21 Jump Street movie. Re-hashing an 80’s drama and turning it into a comedy with one funny guy and one horrible, terrible actor who doesn’t have a funny bone in his body does not a good Star Wars director make.

  22. Kelly says:

    BAD IDEA. Hollywood is ruining classical science fiction films with all this reboot crap ..no one wants Han Solo in a stand alone; they want Star Wars to continue its legacy with all the characters… not branch off into unknown territories where we are like ohh so Star Wars meets Guardians of Galaxay?

    • Joom says:

      You keep referring to this as a reboot, but clearly say it’s going to be a prequel story and will be a canon story of Solo’s life before the rebellion. I feel perhaps you don’t know what “reboot” actually means. You say “no one” wants a Han Solo film, but you’re clearly just speaking for yourself as from reading comments here and elsewhere there is a lot of interest in this project.

      • Kelly says:

        they are getting writers who already brought an 80s film back aka rebooted…21 jump street…so clearly they are trying to REBOOT a legacy which is dumb and your dumb for saying i don’t know what reboot means

      • Kelly says:

        You are a douche…X men came out then all these character driven x men movies came out after ..x men wolverines origins…x men magneto …x men days of future past…star wars the force awakens…star wars: Han Solo…dude are dumb they selling these films as reboots ..it would not be a reboot if they had to say “The Force Awakens” as if the Star Wars needs to be sold to audiences as waking up from a long nap from our lives

        Get your head on straight!

  23. Kelly says:

    Watch Variety delete my comments cuz I’m telling it like it is…

    • darklighter says:

      I’m not really dying for a Han Solo flick but you’re really not telling anything like it is. These are not reboots. This is going to be about Solo’s history before he met up with Luke at the Mos Eisley cantina so it’s not rebooting anything unless you mean it erases all the Solo books written over the years but that was decreed by Lucasfilm about two years ago that none of that stuff was canon anyway.

    • Kelly says:

      I never said this was a reboot i said hollywood keeps shoving all these reboot crap at us and now their making a stand alone film with one character from Star Wars…which is super dumb…cuz its like X MEN: ORIGINS WOLVERINE dummy

      Star Wars is being rebooted…everyone says they are trying to reboot the franchise read the title of it…Star Wars : The Force Awakens…as if it was asleep or something

      • Kelly says:

        How am I insane? Clearly you don’t see that Hollywood recycles stories and they are doing the same thing do X MEN movies with Star Wars

      • Rationalist says:

        Kelly, I don’t say this lightly, but you are either very young or totally insane.

    • Jerome Maida says:

      No. Your comments contain no logic whatsoever.

      • darklighter says:

        You’re trolling aren’t you Kelly. Come on you don’t really mean this stuff right? Please tell me you aren’t this thick.

      • Kelly says:

        yes they do …STAR WARS the force awakens…thats a reboot title u dummy

  24. W. Keith says:

    I’m sure the obvious choice to play Han Solo is Chris Pratt .. He’s today’s Harrison Ford/ Indiana Jones …

  25. Question says:

    I am open to this film and will go see it for certain assuming the movie is made for epic drama and not Jar Jar Binks fans!

  26. Kelly says:

    What does making stupid LEGO and stupid 21 Jump Street prove a legacy can be re-made? This is going to ruin Star Wars. Agreed?

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