Now that the dust has settled on Rogue One, all eyes are turning on Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the upcoming Han Solo film. Seeing as J.J Abrams already established the tone, setting, and characters for the upcoming Skywalker Trilogy, everyone’s focused on the Han Solo film. After all, it’s an unknown quantity, but it has been proven that solo Anthology films can work in the Star Wars universe with Rogue One.
The unique thing about these Anthology films is that they can each have different tones without compromising the tone of the core series. Seeing as Rogue One was a mash-up of a heist/war film, the Han Solo film can be seen as a Western film. With Phil Lord and Chris Miller behind the camera and Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan penning the script, the team for the Han Solo film is looking to make something different from Gareth Edwards‘ gritty Rogue One.
During an interview at the Empire Film Awards, Gareth Edwards discussed how both stand-alone films will be different from each other.
“They’re amazing filmmakers. I’m very excited about what they do. It’ll be a completely different film to what we did. I think they’ve got the hardest task, I think, out of all the films that I heard about that one is probably the greatest challenge and they’re gonna knock it out of the park, but I wouldn’t have had the balls to do that.”
Unlike us, Edwards has the inside scoop on the upcoming film and is aware of all the minutiae surrounding it. However, this is more of a curse for Edwards since he’s feeling a bit jealous.
“They’ve got really good taste. You glimpse things – you try not to – as you’re going about your business, but you see stuff. And everything I saw, I got really jealous about it.”
The Han Solo film just recently went into production and with the principal cast ready, we got our first look at them in the Millenium Falcon. While Phil Lord and Chris Miller keep busy, we’re not sure what Gareth Edwards is up to next. He was originally attached to direct the sequel to his 2014 reboot of the Godzilla franchise, Godzilla: King of Monsters. However, he left the project last year and was replaced with Michael Dougherty, who directed Krampus.
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the Han Solo film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, and Emila Clarke.
The Han Solo film is set to hit cinemas on May 25, 2018.