Lucasfilm alternates Star Wars releases between episodic films and stand-alone films. Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second film in the latter category, with the first being Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The return of the beloved smuggler-turned-hero also sees the franchise return to its historic May release date.
The new film has been directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. Alden Ehrenreich takes on the role of Han Solo, with Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke as new character Qi’Ra. The plot will focus on a heist that will lead to several pivotal moments in Han Solo’s life.