Titles for Star Wars movies must be like buses; you wait ages for one and then they come along in a clump. Last week we learned that Episode VIII—which arrives in December—will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That film will be followed in 2018 by a Han Solo origin story, and thanks to Chris Miller’s Twitter feed, we have a name:
— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) January 30, 2017
Miller is directing the movie alongside Phil Lord; the duo were previously responsible for the (excellent) Lego Movie. And as we discovered last August, Aidan Ehrenreich is expected to star as Han Solo, possibly in more than one film. Star Wars: Red Cup might be somewhat of an inside joke; after all, the eponymous drinking vessel is made by a company called Solo. And it could just be a working title for now, the way Return of the Jedi was filmed under the moniker Blue Harvest. Then again, that was done to confuse fans hungry for news in the days before the Internet, and Miller’s clapperboard does still have Star Wars written on it.
Should Miller’s choice of words—Han First Shot—be taken as an undoing of George Lucas’ infamous decision to retcon so many childhoods with his Star Wars special edition? After all, that change in dynamic between Greedo and Han Solo fundamentally changed the nature of the galaxy’s favorite, scruffy looking nerf herder. Rogue One, the first Star Wars spin-off movie to emerge post-Disney, set a darker, more adult tone than the mainline movies, something Solo’s backstory would probably need.