Young Han Solo to be focus of new ‘Star Wars’ movie

Harrison Ford as Han Solo.

Harrison Ford as Han Solo.

The young Han Solo, played with rascally charm by Harrison Ford in the “Star Wars” movies, will be the subject of a standalone “Star Wars” movie set to be released May 25, 2018, Disney announced Tuesday.

The film will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, whose credits include t”The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street.”

“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,” Miller and Lord said in a statement released by Disney. “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.”

The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan and 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, the writer and director known for “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” wrote the screenplays for “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi” and the upcoming “The Force Awakens.”  His son 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.”

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