To mark the beginning of principal photography, the kind people at StarWars.com just this super cool cast photo from the super cool set of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s upcoming currently untitled Han Solo spin-off film, showing all of the beautiful people who are going to be in this thing.

I mean, look at this:

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In case you aren’t aware of who all these people are, here’s a quick briefing: from left to right, we’ve got Woody Harrelson as Han Solo’s mentor, director Phil Lord, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich (our new Han Solo), Emilia Clarke (the dragon queen herself), good ol’ Chewbacca, other director Chris Miller, and finally, Donald Glover.

I love this picture. You’ve got Ehrenreich looking particularly Han Solo-ish. Donald Glover already seems to be in embodying the space-pirate swagger of Lando Calrissian, although that may just be Glover’s natural charm. Fantastic casting. Here’s hoping he keeps the beard!

I’ll admit that this is still the least necessary Star Wars film Disney is making, but dammit,  they’ve got me onboard. Lord and Miller have made a career out of turning bad ideas into great movies, and they have put together one hell of a cast. I can’t wait to see all of these guys in action.

In addition to this cast photo, StarWars.com issued a press release.

Sayeth Star Wars:

Cameras are rolling on the adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee; principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20 at Pinewood Studios, London.

The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.

The article goes on to mention that the still untitled Han Solo movie is still slated for a May 2018 release. One wonders if they are actually going to keep that date, or if they’ll push the film back to December if rumors are any indication. Although, that is looking less likely as time goes on.

So there you have it, your Star Wars update for the day! Excited for Han Solo? Like this cast photo? Let me know in the comments below.

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