Filming date set for Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ spin off movie

Alden Ehrenreich is favourite to take up the lead role

Filming on the forthcoming Star Wars Han Solo origins movie is set to begin in January 2017.

Co-writer Lawrence Kasdan revealed the production date while attending the AJFF Icon Award for Contributions To The Cinematic Arts recently.

“You know, Chris Miller and Phil Lord are going to direct it,” he said. “They’re great, funny and imaginative and we’ve had a great time together.

“My son [Jon] and I wrote the script and Chris and Phil are working on it and they’re about to move to London to start shooting in January. And it should be fun.”

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He also confirmed that he will have some involvement in Episode VIII and IX.

“[Episode VIII director] Rian [Johnson] is a friend of mine,” Kasdan told ScreenRant: “I’m getting to know Colin Trevorrow, who is going to direct Episode IX, so I feel very involved with it.”

Alden Ehrenreich is reportedly the favourite to portray young Han Solo in the forthcoming movie having topped Dave Franco, Logan Lerman, Jack Reynor, Ansel Elgort, Scott Eastwood, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner to become Lucasfilm’s number one choice.

Ehrenreich made his feature film debut in 2009, starring in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro. More recently he has appeared in Stoker, Blue Jasmine and this year’s Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar!.

The Han Solo movie is scheduled to open on May 25, 2018, just five months after the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII. As well as telling the origin story of Han Solo, it will also focus on the back story of Chewbacca.