Star Wars: Han Solo Movie Officially Starts Filming, New Cast Image Released

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2018's Star Wars Han Solo movie has officially begun production, Lucasfilm has announced. A new cast photo has been released to celebrate, showing off the stars, some of which were not confirmed until today.

Principal photography began on February 20 at Pinewood Studios in London, Lucasfilm said in a post on the Star Wars website. You can see the new cast image at the link.

As announced previously, the untitled Han Solo movie is set before the events of 1977's A New Hope. It will focus on Han Solo's "early encounters" with Lando Calrissian.

Han Solo is played by Alden Ehrenreich, while Donald Glover portrays Lando Calrissian. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is also in the movie, alongside Hunger Games actor Woody Harrelson, both in unspecified roles. Westworld actress Thandie Newton and Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge will appear in the movie as well, though their parts have not been announced.

Basketball player Joonas Suotamo plays Chewbacca.

"Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous," directors Chris Lord and Phil Miller said in a statement. "We can't think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky."

The Han Solo movie opens on May 25, 2018. The next entry in the series is this year's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which picks up immediately after 2015's The Force Awakens.

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