Star Wars Celebration 2016Even though the standalone Han Solo movie is pretty far off (dreaming of you, 2018), we got a little information from directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at this year's Star Wars Celebration Europe.

Here are six things we learned that'll get you pumped for what will (hopefully) be just the first in a long line of origin stories within the franchise.

1. Alden Ehrenreich is indeed playing Han Solo. Even though we all pretty much knew that, it was 100% confirmed at the Future Filmmakers panel during Star Wars Celebration Europe.

2. Ehrenreich was actually the first person to audition for the role. They ended up seeing about 4,000 (!!!) actors, but after a long, six-month audition process, it went to Ehrenreich.

3. The movie will start filming around January or February in 2017. The script is being written now, so that date could change.

4. Ehrenreich got to do a screen test with the Millennium Falcon and Chewbacca. We don't know if either of the two will actually make their way into the movie, but fingers crossed.
Star Wars Celebration 20165. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller definitely get who Han Solo is: "He doesn't want to do anything that he's told. When told not to do something, it makes him want to do it more. [He's] very sarcastic, and at the end of the day he's unreasonably optimistic," Lord said.

"I think that's why we fall for that guy and we got so excited about making this movie," he added "This kind of dichotomy between this grouchy, seemingly cynical guy with the biggest heart in the galaxy. And to me that's a great thing to make a movie about."

6. The movie is currently slated for a summer 2018 release.
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