Alden Ehrenreich previously appeared in Tetro (2009) for director Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola is widely reported to have been the inspiration for the character of Han Solo. He also directed Harrison Ford in The Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979).
Woody Harrelson appeared on Cheers (1982), along with John Ratzenberger, who had appeared in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). That series also featured Kirstie Alley and Kelsey Grammer, who had appeared in the Star Trek series.
Emilia Clarke will be the eleventh actress from Game of Thrones (2011) to appear in the Star Wars film franchise. Her co-stars Julian Glover was in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Keisha Castle-Hughes in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Gwendoline Christie, Max von Sydow, Jessica Henwick, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mark Stanley, Miltos Yerolemou and 'Emun Elliott' all appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and Ian McElhinney appears in Rogue One (2016). GoT stuntmen 'Liang Yang' and C.C. Smiff worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) as stuntmen and Nina Gold is the casting director on both.
Although originally brought on board to complete Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had been dismissed due to "creative differences," it was widely reported in October 2017 that Ron Howard had re-shot more than 80% of the movie.
On Emilia Clarke's Instagram account, prior to being announced as starring in the film, she posted a photo of her holding a toy lightsaber on April 10th, 2016. An unknown Instagram follower commented stating "You should call your agent and get a cameo in Star Wars: Episode 9."
SOLO: A Star Wars story (2018) is directed by Ron Howard. Ron Howard co-starred with Harrison Ford in the George Lucas directed American Graffiti . Harrison Ford later went on to star in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) as Han Solo, which was also directed by George Lucas.
Ron Howard was picked to replace Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as director over Joe Johnston and Lawrence Kasdan.
Adande 'Swoozie' Thorne revealed that he auditioned for Lando Calrissian and joked about Donald Glover taking all of his roles.
This was Lawrence Kasdan's fourth and final time working on the "Star Wars" film franchise. He was also a screenwriter for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
One of the initial co-directors, Christopher Miller, was an intern at ILM and played a stormtrooper during additional filming for the Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) re-release in 1997.
Woody Harrelson revealed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015) that "Solo" was a temporary title at this time. On October 17, 2017, Ron Howard announced the title of the movie is Solo.
The film, which is a spin-off of Star Wars, is releasing the same year as another film with the word "war" in it - Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Samuel L. Jackson, whom plays Nick Fury in that film, played Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and Benicio Del Toro whom plays The Collector in that film, played DJ in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
The casting of Solo was one of the largest and longest processes since Universal's search for Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015).
First Star Wars film to be directed by an Oscar winner.
Miles Teller, Dave Franco, Ansel Elgort, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen, Alden Ehrenreich, Taron Egerton, Jack O'Connell and Blake Jenner were all rumored to play Han Solo. Ehrenreich was cast in the role.
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