Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that the Han Solo stand-alone Star Wars movie was on course for a May 2018 release, despite speculations that the release date may be moved to December.
The confirmation was made during the Walt Disney earnings call this morning, where Iger also confirmed that filming on Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII had begun, and that Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX had entered production for a 2019 release.
Speaking of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (nope, still not loving that title) starring Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed and Forest Whitaker, which'll soon wrap filming, by the way, Iger said:
“This is the first of a set of planned stand-alone stories. We're already in preproduction on our next one [the Han Solo movie], for release in May of 2018.”
With Star Wars: Episode VIII being moved from a May 2017 release to a December 2017 one, some were expecting the standalone anthology movies to undergo a similar reshuffling, but it looks like Disney is sticking to its blaster guns for those two films. At least for now.
As for Episode IX, Iger didn’t give any specifics including whether or not the movie will keep its assumed May 2019 release date, or if it’ll be pushed back to December 2019. Which may totally happen since, as Comicbook.com points out, May 2019 will get a tad crowded what with the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War – Part II (a Disney movie) on May 3, Justice League: Part 2 on June 14 and The Incredibles on June 21 (another Disney film).
In the meantime, casting for the iconic role of a young Han Solo is still ongoing, with the extremely long list of hopefuls having been considerably shortened.
(via Comic Book)