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Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in The Empire Strikes BackThe Force Awakens. Photo: Lucasfilm
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The original stars: Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford as Lando Clarissian and Han Solo.

Director Chris Miller has announced the start of filming on Disney’s Han Solo movie with a joke.

The director, who is making the Star Wars spin-off with fellow 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie director Phil Lord, has posted a pic of the clapperboard with the caption “Han First Shot”. Han First Shot pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/KReR6rgKFT— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) January 30, 2017

It’s a reference to the old Star Wars debate about whether Solo shot first in the original movie – director George Lucas upset some purists when he changed a scene in a special edition to show the captain of the Millennium Falcon shooting Greedo after being fired at.

The tweet suggests Miller and Lord are bringing their sense of humour to a movie, which the clapperboard suggests is called Red Cup. A witty take on a brand of plastic cup in the United States called Solo, it’s clearly a temporary title that allowed the movie to attract less attention during scripting, planning and pre-production. No doubt there’ll be splashy announcement of the real title down the track.

It has previously been known just as Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Anthology Film.

Shooting in England, the movie centres on Solo’s “early scoundrel days” before he emerged as the charismatic smuggler with a price on his head who joins forces with Luke and Leia to battle the Empire in Episode IV.

Miller’s comic cheekiness gives heart for fans that Solo will be the irascible, wise-cracking rogue that everyone loved in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Alden Ehrenreich will play the younger Solo with Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Solo’s mentor and Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones in an undisclosed role.

Chewbacca, Solo’s loyal buddy and co-pilot, will also appear, with speculation that Finnish basketballer Joonas Suotamo will take over from 72-year-old Star Wars veteran Peter Mayhew for at least the most physically-demanding scenes inside the furry suit. Han. First Shot. @chrizmillr love it. @starwarspic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/O0uBP0O3Py— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) January 30, 2017

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