Director Ron Howard announced the news in a video on Twitter on Tuesday morning. Howard also revealed that they just wrapped production on the movie.
#Twitterville, we just wrapped production so here’s a special message #StarWars,” he wrote.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
The film follows the young Han Solo — a 20-something version of Harrison Ford’s character — and Chewbacca’s adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their encounters with Lando Calrissian.
Howard took over as director in August after the movie’s original helmers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were fired, after clashing with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan.
“It was a culture clash from day one,” a source told Variety at the time. “She didn’t even like the way they folded their socks.”
Howard began working on the film immediately afterward.
The movie stars “Hail, Caesar’s” Alden Ehrenreich as the titular Solo, “Atlanta’s” Donald Glover as Calrissian, and basketball player Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Woody Harrelson portrays Han’s mentor, while “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke, “Westworld’s” Thandie Newton, and “Fleabag’s” Phoebe Waller-Bridge play undisclosed roles. Paul Bettany, Warwick Davis, and Howard’s brother, Clint Howard, also appear in the film.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters on May 25, 2018.