Solo: Star Wars spin-off finally gets a name

The planned spin-off to the Star Wars franchise featuring the rogue smuggler Han Solo finally has a name.

The film, which will be released in 2018, has been named Solo: A Star Wars Story.

As the second "standalone" Star Wars feature, it follows the style of the first, which was titled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Han Solo as played in the original Star Wars films by actor Harrison Ford. Photo: supplied

Han Solo as played in the original Star Wars films by actor Harrison Ford. Photo: supplied

In a break with the tradition of Star Wars movies, the "standalone" features do not feature the Star Wars theme by John Williams, or the franchise's iconic "opening crawl".

The film's director Ron Howard announced the new title on social media.

Howard also confirmed the film had wrapped production.

Howard joined the production late in its life; he replaced directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller who were let go after creative differences with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan.

The film will star Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.

The film is an "origin story" for the character, focusing on the beginning of Solo's career as a smuggler.

When film audiences met in him in 1977's Star Wars, he was an established smuggler whose claim to fame was that his ship, the Millennium Falcon, could "make the Kessel run in 12 parsecs".

He was played in the original Star Wars films by actor Harrison Ford.

The script for the project has been written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan.

The 66-year-old Lawrence Kasdan was the co-writer of the second and third original Star Wars trilogy films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

In the infancy of the Star Wars movie franchise, the character of Han Solo was given a spin-off treatment in three novels written by author Brian Daley in 1979 and 1980: Han Solo at Star's End, Han Solo's Revenge and Han Solo and the Lost Legacy.

The books, along with a fourth book, Splinter of the Mind's Eye, published in 1978, were the first novel spin-offs to the Star Wars saga.

Solo: A Star Wars Story will be released on May 25, 2018.

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