Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy Says Han Solo Spinoff Is a ‘Heist or Western,’ Confirms No ‘Rogue One’ Opening Crawl
Lucasfilm’s latest State of the Star Wars Union address has arrived right on schedule (meaning: It’s been about a month since their last blanket franchise update), with studio president Kathleen Kennedy offering a few tidbits about their upcoming anthology projects. In addition to confirming the absence of a traditional opening crawl for Rogue One, Kennedy sheds some light on Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s approach for the Han Solo spinoff.
In a new feature over at Variety, Kennedy spoke about Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Story projects, which will hit theaters every other year between new Star Wars sequels, beginning with this December’s Rogue One. Kennedy describes Gareth Edwards’ film as a “World War II-style adventure,” and says “Initially, we probably will begin the film in a way that is traditional, with just the title” — but no opening crawl, as is tradition in the Star Wars universe.
As for Lord and Miller’s Han Solo spinoff, Kennedy says it will be “closer to a heist or Western type feel,” and adds that they’re taking inspiration from artist Frederic Remington, known for his paintings of the Old American West. Alden Ehrenreich is set to play the lead role in the untitled Star Wars Story, which centers on the adventures of young Han and Chewbacca. Donald Glover will play young Lando Calrissian, while Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke recently joined the lineup in an unspecified role.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, followed by Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, and the Han Solo movie on May 25, 2018.