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A Solo Journey

Star Wars, the first film in the series, hit theaters in 1977. Solo, in theaters today, focuses on one of that movie’s characters, Han Solo. JONATHAN OLLEY

The latest Star Wars film has arrived in theaters. It’s called Solo: A Star Wars Story. The film is set 10 years before the original Star Wars movie, which was released in 1977.

Solo follows intergalactic pilot Han Solo. Solo moves among the underworlds of some of the most dangerous planets in the universe. Along the way, he meets his future copilot, Chewbacca. Eventually, he finds his beloved Millennium Falcon spaceship.

I attended a press conference for the film in Pasadena, California. There, I spoke with director Ron Howard. He says the great screenplay and talented cast make Solo an amazing film. “I decided I was going to treat this like it was a true story, which meant going for the heart and the drama of the story,” Howard told TFK. But getting to the heart of the story meant having to redo many of the film’s most important scenes. “It was complicated and tricky to get the big action scenes right because we needed them to tell us about Han Solo,” he said. “It was challenging, but a blast to work on.”