The Han Solo movie is called Solo: A Star Wars Story

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What’s in a name? A lot if you’re a Star Wars fan. With the franchise’s ultra-secretive nature, the title reveals of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Last Jedi sent the millions of fans into a Sherlockian frenzy as they tried to divine any possible narrative clues the latest film’s moniker might hint at. Well, put away your deerstalker hats and magnifying glasses, because there’s absolutely zero mystery in the title of the next film.

For ages now, we’ve been forced to refer to the next standalone entry in the franchise focused on everybody’s favourite Corellian smuggler turned Rebellion hero as the “untitled Han Solo solo Star Wars movie”. However, last night director Ron Howard took to social media to reveal that the film has wrapped up production and in the process unveiled it’s official title. Brace yourself.

Well now. That’s rather straightforward. I guess you can sort of call it a triple pun in that it’s a solo (or standalone) film about Han Solo, who used to used to always operate solo before finding his friends and crew? That’s about as much as I can milk out of that, sorry. Or rather, as Han himself would put it:

So yes, it’s an incredibly plain, painfully on the nose title, totally devoid of all the flair and mystique that Star Wars movies usually have. Even some of the admittedly cheesy Prequel titles, like Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, were perfect riffs on the names of 1950s B-movie matinee serials, the very films that inspired George Lucas to first create Star Wars. This is just so… okay.

As per usual though, “okay” isn’t good enough for many Star Wars fans who took to Twitter to poke fun at the title.

This last tweet really drives home my biggest issue with Solo: A Star Wars Story as a title though.

Set before the events of the Original Trilogy, Solo: A Star Wars Story will see Alden Ehrenreich play the younger version of the scruffy looking nerf herder first made famous by Harrison Ford in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope. Joining him in the cast of existing characters will be Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian, and Joonas Suotamo as his Wookiee best friend Chewbacca. Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton also star, but have not had their roles officially revealed yet. We’ve also recently learned that Tag and Bink, a pair of fan-favourite non-canon Star Wars comic book characters, will also be making their onscreen debut in the movie.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story has had a tumultuous year as original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired by Lucasfilm late into the production as the duo clashed with the studio – specifically boss Kathleen Kennedy – over them diverting from the set gameplan for the movie. Industry veteran Ron Howard was thus brought in to right the ship and get everything back on track so that they could hit their 25 May 2018 release date. Now that that appears to be sorted, we can hopefully get some official shots of the cast and maybe even a teaser trailer by the end of the year.

Last Updated: October 18, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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  • Original Heretic

    Title seems fine to me. What did people expect it to be called?!?
    “How to be a smuggler: A Han Story”?

    • Hammersteyn

      Call it Yolo it’s Solo.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Obviously not. Solo: And thanks for all the fish.

      • Hammersteyn

        How I met your Jabba the Hut?

        • Original Heretic

          How to win a Wookie’s trust?

          • Hammersteyn

            One night in Tatooine?

          • Original Heretic

            The smuggler, the hairy one and the Kessel Run?

          • Hammersteyn

            The Prince of Parsecs?

          • Original Heretic

            Scruffy and nerfing it?

          • Hammersteyn

            Flight of the Falcon?

          • Original Heretic

            Lando’s Bane?

          • Hammersteyn

            Dude. Where’s my Falcon?

          • Original Heretic

            CHEATER!! That one was in the article above already.

            A good blaster a day keeps the Huts at bay.

          • Hammersteyn

            Really?

          • Admiral Chief

            I like this one

          • Hammersteyn

            yay

      • Original Heretic

        Heh, that’s pretty funny.
        Don’t let it go to your head, now.

  • Admiral Chief

    Geez that dude is scruffy looking

    • Original Heretic

      You should see his brother….

      Wait…you are referring to the director, right?

      • Admiral Chief

        No, referring to the first Star Wars movie. Y U NO GET REFERENCE???

        • Original Heretic

          Dude…. Leia calls Han a scruffy-looking nerf herder in Empire.
          Since you seem unaware, that’s the SECOND Star Wars movie.

          • Admiral Chief

            I meant first trilogy. And he replies with “who’s scruffy looking?”

            Which reminds me…Scruffy seems like a good name for a dog

          • Original Heretic

            Or a janitor.

          • Admiral Chief

            Space-janitor, the series

          • Original Heretic

            Space Quest. Roger Wilco.

  • Magoo

    HAN’S YOLO

    • Hammersteyn

      HAH!

  • Hammersteyn

    Knew it sounded familiar

  • Hammersteyn

    Theme song for movie…

  • cloudzn

    Is it just me or this movie title begging for a porn parody.

    • Admiral Chief

      A solo porn parody….you want to see some dude solo in a porn movie????

      Likely there are plenty of videos of that already…

      😛

      • Original Heretic

        They’d have to use a…HAND-some man.

      • cloudzn

        Dude obviously a lady solo movie, it will be a parody after all

        • Admiral Chief

          Yolo Lady Solo

  • #GottaYOLO2SOLO

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