The previously untitled Han Solo spinoff movie now has a title – and it’s a pretty obvious one.
Director Ron Howard released a video thanking the cast and crew and fans as the movie wraps up production, and he used it as an opportunity to reveal that the official title is “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
He says in the video: “Hi! Well, as we wrap up production I just want to take this moment to thank an incredibly talented cast and crew for all their hard work, and to the fans out there I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures that I’ve been sharing, pictures that I’ve taken from the set of – can we even say the name of the movie?”
At that point, a pair of Wookie arms (presumably Chewbacca’s) hand a card to Howard, who flips it around to reveal the title and says, “I’ll see you next year.”
It’s a fun way to reveal an obvious title for the film, especially since it pokes a little fun at the reality that it’s taken them a long time to even get the title released, as he says, “can we even say the name of the movie?” And it continues the theme of Howard sharing insights and looks behind-the-scenes at the film on social media, which has helped to provide a stabilizing presence and maintain some excitement more than anything. Howard’s use of social media to promote the movie has been tremendous, and so it makes perfect sense to announce the title via the same avenue.
“Solo,” of course, is nothing too radical of a name, but it’s a good and fitting one. We saw crew shirts with the name “Solo” on them earlier this year, which led many to assume that it was not the actual title since crew shirts often don’t have the real name on it. With that in mind plus the long delay in announcing a title, I wonder what impact the change in directors had on the title and things like that with the film, as perhaps it wasn’t originally going to be the title but now is. Either way, I like that it’s simple and to the point. It seems that there are many who don’t like the name, but I am very much in favor of it.
The production has had a number of problems, as directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired earlier this summer and replaced by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard. He’s done extensive work shooting the film, and they’ve now wrapped production.
The film, directed by Howard and written by Star Wars legend Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon, stars Alden Ehrenreich as the titular character of Han Solo, stepping into the massive shoes filled by Harrison Ford in previous Star Wars films. Donald Glover will play Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo will play Chewbacca, and Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, and others will also star in yet-to-officially-be-named roles. The film is scheduled to open on May 25, 2018.