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The Han Solo stand-alone Star Wars movie will start filming in January

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Alden Ehrenreich

Phil Lord and Chris Miller's stand-alone Han Solo movie is set to begin production in January, according to Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan.

A long-time Star Wars scribe, Kasdan told an audience at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival — as reported by Star Wars News Net — that Lord and Miller were getting ready to start filming in London this January. Like The Force Awakens, the still-untitled Han Solo movie will shoot at Pinewood Studios.

Kasdan joked that he couldn't say too much about the movie, as is to be expected with any Star Wars development, but said he and his son, Jon, who he co-wrote the script with, had a ton of fun working with Lord and Miller.

Kasdan also spoke a little bit about Episode VIII and Episode IX, which he'll be working on. He said that director Rian Johnson is a friend of his and he was just getting to know Colin Trevorrow, who also did Jurassic World. Kasdan said he's been incredibly hands-on with both and felt very involved with each project.

The Han Solo movie, which will star Hail, Caesar! actor Alden Ehrenreich as the titular character, is an origin story for the renegade space pirate and his furry best friend, Chewbacca. It's one of the most anticipated stand-alone films and is the second in the new anthology series. The first, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, stars Felicity Jones and will be released Dec. 17.

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