's first major audience looks to be the Cannes Film Festival in France.
The festival announced Friday that the next Star Wars standalone movie, directed by Ron Howard, is coming to the Grand Theatre Lumiere, with an official screening date to be announced. Deadline first reported the story, with its sources saying the special screening would take place on May 15 --10 days before the May 25 global release date (the film will debut a day earlier on May 24 in Australia). The movie won't be competing for any prizes.
Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger Han Solo, and will depict how he, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) meet. According to the film's synopsis, this will involve "a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld."
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Thandie Newton (Westworld), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), Paul Bettany (Avengers) and Star Wars veteran actor Warwick Davis also star in the film.
Howard recently teased, and revealed that the edit of the film is locked. And earlier this week, along with a set of collectible cards featuring characters from the upcoming film.
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