With Alden Ehrenreich already confirmed to play Han Solo in Disney and LucasFilm's new spin-off, the rest of the cast and crew are starting to come together. There have been several casting rumors of late, but today we have a new report that claims Bradford Young has signed on to serve as the director of photography on this spin-off. This new crew member's involvement has yet to be confirmed, but this award-winning cinematographer will certainly be a welcomed addition to the Star Wars universe.
The news surfaced on Twitter from Variety awards editor Kris Tapley. When asked by a fan if this was true, the journalist revealed that the studio is "working around his schedule" for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Arrival, which hits theaters on November 11. Bradford Young is also listed as the Star Wars spin-off's cinematographer on the film's IMDB page.
Reports surfaced in July that this Han Solo spin-off will start a new trilogy, with Alden Ehrenreich reportedly signing a three-picture deal with Disney. It is believed that this trilogy will bridge the gap between the first spin-off to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. That hasn't been confirmed by Disney as of yet, but it wouldn't be surprising, since there have also been reports that the studio wants to put out one Star Wars movie per year, indefinitely.
Another report surfaced last month that revealed the studio may be eyeing Donald Glover to star as the Young Lando Calrissian, while another report claimed that the studio is also casting Han Solo's first wife, Sana Solo. Shooting is scheduled to begin in January 2017, with Disney and LucasFilm setting a May 25, 2018 release date, exactly 41 years after the release of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan.
One of Bradford Young's first credits was serving as the director of photography on Dee Rees' short film Pariah in 2007, and he returned when the director turned that short film into the 2011 feature film of the same name. He has also served as the cinematographer on Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere and her 2014 Best Picture Oscar nominee, Selma, along with David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Pawn Sacrifice, A Most Violent Year and the upcoming Arrival. Take a look at Kris Tapley's tweets below, and stay tuned for more on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story
I think I had no idea Bradford Young was shooting the Han Solo movie.— Kristopher Tapley (@kristapley) September 20, 2016
Studio working around his schedule for "Arrival" stuff, so, yep. https://t.co/FZukJv7NDx— Kristopher Tapley (@kristapley) September 20, 2016