The Cannes Film Festival has revealed that it will debut the upcoming “Star Wars” spin-off epic, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” in May.
It would mark the third “Star Wars” franchise film to premiere in Cannes, after 2002’s “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” in 2005. The film will play as a special screening at the French fest May 15 before a May 25 opening in US theaters.
It was directed by Ron Howard, who took over after “The Lego Movie” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller exited the project four months into production over what the studio said were “creative differences.” Producer Kathleen Kennedy revealed in a recent interview of the change: “I think these guys are hilarious, but they come from a background of animation and sketch comedy and when you are making these movies, you can do that and there’s plenty of room for improvisation, we do that all the time, but it has to be inside of a highly structured process or you can’t get the work done and you can’t move the armies of people to anticipate and have things ready. So, it literally came down to process. Just getting it done.”
The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo.