Ron Howard reveals The Empire will feature in Han Solo film

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 August 2017
Ron Howard's Twitter

Ron Howard's Twitter

Hollywood director Ron Howard has sent fans into a frenzy on Twitter by dropping a huge hint about the new 'Star Wars' spin-off movie

Ron Howard has revealed The Empire will feature in the new 'Han Solo' film.

The Academy Award-winning filmmaker took over directing duties on 'Star Wars' spin-off story - which will revolve around the early days of the smuggler - in June and dropped a huge hint on Wednesday (16.08.17) that the evil dictatorship will play a part in the movie's storyline when he shared a picture of the familiar helmet worn by its Imperial soldiers on Twitter.

Alongside the image of the black armour inside a deserted bridge of a spaceship, he penned: "The Empire Looms Large. (sic)"

The tweet sent fans into a frenzy and speculation is now rife that the The Empire's battle station, the Death Star, will feature in the much-anticipated film.

However, it's left some fans scratching their heads because Han Solo didn't know about the giant space construction until after he met Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi in the original 1977 'Star Wars', set when he was much older.

Meanwhile, it's not the first time Howard has teased insight about the forthcoming film.

Ron also posted a picture on his Twitter account of a gold-plated R2 unit rather than its iconic blue bodywork and wrote: "These droids can be so damn intractable. But we'll go until we get it right! #UntitledHanSoloMovie (sic)"

The 'Han Solo' spin-off movie is set to follow a younger version of the titular character, with Alden Ehrenreich taking over the iconic role from Harrison Ford.

Han and his wookiee sidekick Chewbacca will be seen first meeting Lando Calrissian - played by Donald Glover - and they will also encounter Woody Harrelson's alter ego Beckett, who is believed to be a mentor to young Han who guides him on his journey to becoming a space smuggler.

'Star Wars' regular Warwick Davis has been cast in the upcoming 'Han Solo' movie but it is not known what role he will take on in the movie.

The untitled Han Solo film will be released in May 2018.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 14min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo
  • UK release: 25 May 2018

The origin story of the young Han Solo (Ehrenreich), as he gets out of Corellia, meets Chewbacca (Suotamo) and Lando (Glover) for the first time, and runs into former lover Qi’ra (Clarke). Ehrenreich has just the right easy charm and despite some missteps it’s an enjoyable yarn with fine set-pieces.