PARIS – The next film, based on the famous Star Wars saga, dedicated to the famous smuggler Han Solo, will be screened in an official selection out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the festival announced on Friday.
“Presented in the official selection out of competition, the new film of the galaxy Star Wars directed by Ron Howard will be unveiled on the screen of the Grand Théâtre Lumière,” said in a statement the Cannes Film Festival.
The event will take place from May 8 to 19, a few days before the official release of the film in France on May 23.
Solo: A Star Wars Story looks back on the youth of the maverick pilot Han Solo allied with the rebel Alliance and is before the period of the first installment of the saga, Episode IV: A New Hope (1977).
“Han Solo will meet his faithful co-driver Chewbacca and the notorious scammer Lando Calrissian,” said Friday the Disney group, producer and distributor of the film, in a statement.
This second episode, derived from the Star Wars saga, was directed by the American Ron Howard, known for his successes such as Splash (1984), Apollo 13 (1995) and “An exceptional man”, in 2001, for which he won the Oscar for Best Director.
Around Alden Ehrenreich (Jasmine French) who plays Han Solo, the cast counts Woody Harrelson (No, this country is not for the old man) or Emilia Clarke (The iron throne).
This feature film is the second in a series of episodes derived from the saga after Rogue One, released in December 2016, which has accumulated over a billion dollars in revenue.