Solo: A Star Wars Story (or simply Solo) is a 2018 American space western film based on the Star Wars character Han Solo. Directed by Ron Howard, it was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the second Star Wars anthology film following Rogue One (2016). The plot takes place over ten years prior to the events of A New Hope, and explores the early adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, who join a heist within the criminal underworld and meet a young Lando Calrissian. Alden Ehrenreich stars as Han Solo alongside Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany.
Star Wars creator George Lucas began developing a Han Solo prequel in 2012, and commissioned Lawrence Kasdan to write the screenplay. After Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, Kasdan was hired to write Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), leaving his son Jonathan to complete the Solo script. Principal photography began in January 2017 at Pinewood Studios, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The pair were fired in June 2017 following "creative differences" with Lucasfilm, and Howard became director. With an estimated production budget of around $275 million, Solo is one of the most expensive films ever made.
Solo had its world premiere in Los Angeles on May 10, 2018, and was screened on May 15 at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival before its United States release on May 25, 2018 in RealD 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D. It received generally favorable reviews, with praise for the cast (particularly Ehrenreich and Glover), visuals and action sequences, although many criticized its story and felt it added "nothing new" to the Star Wars franchise. Having grossed $392 million worldwide, it is the first Star Wars film considered a box office bomb, with estimated losses of up to $80 million; it needed to gross at least $500 million to break even.