Though the official press release still says May 25, 2018, rumours abound that the film may not be released until December 13, 2018 according to the Making Star Wars fan site. Since the initial press release, all subsequent releases have simply referred to an unspecified 2018 date. If this seven month change is more than just a rumor, it is likely because of the previous successes of both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One, as both films premiered in December. Rogue One was a massive success, earning $290.5 million globally. This makes it the second-highest grossing December film, behind Force Awakens — which features the original Han Solo portrayed by Harrison Ford — at $395 million. The release date for Star Wars: Episode VIII has already been shifted to December 2017 to correspond with past films and will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller of Lego Movie fame. It will also posthumously feature Carrie Fisher, who passed away on December 27, 2016, as General Leia Organa.
The as yet untitled film will follow a young Han Solo, played by 27-year-old actor Alden Ehrenreich of Hail, Caesar! and Blue Jasmine fame. It will uncover his origins as a smuggler and will also star Donald Glover (Community, The Martian) as a young Lando Calrissian, as well as the Mother of Dragons herself Emilia Clarke in a role that is currently unnamed. Two-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson is also rumoured to be in talks for a mentor role.
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