Lucasfilm Releases Plot Synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story
Lucasfilm released a plot synopsis for the May 25 film that sheds a little more light on the story, which takes place several years before Han had his fateful meeting with Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi in that Tatooine cantina.
Here’s how the studio describes it: “Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.”
The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan wrote Solo with his son Jon Kasdan (The First Time). And Ron Howard took over directing duties after The LEGO Movie filmmakers Chris Miller and Phil Lord were fired midway through the shoot amid creative disputes with Lucasfilm.
Original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the film with only a few weeks left in production and replaced with veteran director Ron Howard. But just because this situation seems outwardly chaotic, that doesn’t mean that it was that way for those still working on the film. In fact, one of the film’s stars, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, seemed to indicate the directorial change was pleasant and professional, saying:
The handover there was done with such warmth and generosity from everybody, and Ron’s just a master at his craft; he’s going to make a beautiful film out of it. You just really trust him and it was just really exciting to work with him. I mean, it would’ve been exciting to just pass him in a corridor, let alone for him to be parachuted in to the film you’re working on.
Ron Howard is a veteran and a professional, so one would assume he brought excitement and positivity to the production. Phoebe Waller-Bridge also seems to have relished the opportunity to work with a filmmaker of his caliber.