OK, so we got our first look at the cast of the now filming Han Solo standalone movie (above) a few days ago and, yes, dammit, we’re very excited.
But now JJ Abrams, the man who brought Star Wars back to life two years ago with The Force Awakens, says he has read the script of the Han movie and he’s very excited about it.
Speaking to FOX News, the director of The Force Awakens said: “I can tell you it is an amazing script and the cast is obviously extraordinary. It is fun to see it (Star Wars) live on in various forms and ways even five years ago I would have never imagined it would have continued and knowing what is coming up is even more exciting.”
Look, we know some of you didn’t like The Force Awakens for various reasons – the majority of these seem to be the reusing of motifs and plots strands (Death Star number three?! Really?!) but we loved it and there’s no denying it looked and felt like Star Wars and, given that Abrams is the man behind Alias, Lost, Cloverfield, Super 8 and much more, we’re taking his excitement as a good think…
Now to get Episode VIII out of the way so we an see what Solo and the crew can give us in 2018!
Written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, it will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel, and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner, and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will executive produce.
Crewing the ship will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Academy Award nominee for his work on Arrival, Bradford Young (Director of Photography), Chris Dickens (Editor), Dominic Tuohy (SFX Supervisor), Rob Bredow (VFX Supervisor) and Brad Allan (Action Designer).
They will be joining returning Star Wars veteran crew members Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Neil Lamont (Production Designer), Dave Crossman and Glyn Dillon (Co-Costume Designers), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Lisa Tomblin (Hair), Amanda Knight (Make-Up) and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).
The untitled Han Solo movie is set for release on May 25, 2018.