It was pretty much assumed that Chewbacca would have a part to play in the Han Solo film currently being developed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. But it was confirmed by Disney CEO Bob Iger while he was speaking at Deutsche Bank 2016 Media, Internet & Telecom Conference recently.
He also confirmed that the film would tell Han's origin story. Iger said, “We have others in the works, including one, which is an origin story about Han Solo and Chewie, and that’ll come after ‘Star Wars 8’ in 2018. And then there’ll possibly be more thereafter."
It really wouldn't be a Han Solo film without Chewbacca by his side, so it's good to know that is definitely the plan. Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew recently teased a special announcement that he hasn't made yet, but leading up the announcement, he's been posting pages of his original Star Wars script. I imagine that announcement will be that he's returning for the Han Solo movie that fan are all excited about.
Before we get to that Han Solo movie, though, we have Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming out on December 18 of this year. Iger spoke about that one, too, saying, "It takes place right before what was George Lucas‘s first film, which came out in 1977 and is now called ‘A New Hope'”. Then we have Star Wars: Episode VIII coming December 15, 2017. The Han Solo film will follow that with a release in May of 2018.
Iger went on to tell investors, media analysts, and reporters that these the Star Wars Stories, like Rogue One and Han Solo, will be marketed “differently, but aggressively” in an effort to "not divert fans from the ongoing saga, but still certainly draw their money."
After the release of The Force Awakens, I couldn't be more excited to see what Lucasfilm gives us next!
Source: The Wrap