Han Solo Star Wars movie preps London filming
A new standalone Star Wars movie telling the story of the early life and career of Han Solo will start filming in February in London.
American actor Alden Ehrenreich will take over the role made famous by Harrison Ford (pictured) in four previous Star Wars films.
The as-yet-untitled movie will be the second standalone film made as part of the rebooted Star Wars franchise, following Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which opened in December.
Director JJ Abrams launched the franchise’s new trilogy in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars: Episode VIII wrapped last year and Star Wars: Episode IX is currently in pre-production.
All the new movies have used Pinewood Studios near London as a production base over the past couple of years, taking advantage of the UK’s generous tax credit system.
Rogue One alone received a filming incentive payment of £20m to film in London and its total UK spending came to around £105m.
Star Wars production company Lucasfilm is now a subsidiary of Disney, along with superhero brand Marvel Studios. Marvel now generally bases its movies in Georgia in the US, but returned to London to film Doctor Strange and is scheduled to film scenes in Scotland for Avengers: Infinity War.