Solo: A Star Wars Story is nearly finished, said director Ron Howard (American Graffiti, Cocoon) on Twitter this past week. It's an impressive feat, considering Howard took over from Phil Lord and Chris Miller less than a year ago and had to reshoot a ton of material with less than a year to go until the film's release.
The first came Friday, March 30, when he posted a frame of what looks like a TIE fighter battle. "#Solo vfx review with #ILM today at #SkywalkerRanch," he wrote. This scene looks like the one from the first trailer as the Empire pursues the Falcon (containing Han, Lando, Chewie, and Qi'ra) into a space forest full of giant tentacles. The same day, he confirmed that both the editing and score are done in response to a fan's worries that the project wouldn't be finished on time.
The second update arrived yesterday and basically let us know that the film is practically done, as Howard, 64, is in the final stage of post-production:
"Final stages of post on #Solo It’s gratifying to see everybody’s dedication to this story - going back to 2012 - adding up in such a fun & satisfying way. So much talent involved."
The image the director included shows him watching a screen with the iconic words "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." The classic Star Wars opening is something that the first anthology movie, Rogue One, also contained. However, Jyn Erso's tale didn't get the traditional yellow-texted crawl, and with that precedent you can bet Solo won't get one either. Given Han's rebellious nature and wisecracking attitude, we have a feeling the text might be followed immediately with some kind of joke or gag sequence to sort of subvert the classic Star Wars introduction.
Solo: A Star Wars Story puts everyone's scruffy-looking nerf herder front and center on May 25. The movie stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, and Joonas Suotamo.