Perennial “Star Wars” writer Lawrence Kasdan has confirmed that the film based on Han Solo’s origin story will start filming in January 2017, with “Hail Caesar” actor Alden Ehrenreich filling in the shoes of the iconic character.

According to Screenrant, Kasdan, who was awarded the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s Icon Award for Contributions to the Cinematic Arts right after a Q&A with the media, assured fans, especially those skeptical about recasting Han Solo, that they should be “excited” about the upcoming film. He particularly said that he enjoyed writing the screenplay with his son Jon.

According to Comic Book, he has also confessed that the “Han Solo” film will be his last screenplay for the space epic franchise, although he says he will still be lending a helping hand creatively to his successor.

“[Star Wars Episode 8 Director] Rian [Johnson] is a friend of mine,” he said. “I’m getting to know Colin Trevorrow, who is going to direct Episode 9, so I feel very involved with it.”

Rumors have been circulating that the movie will focus on a dark period in Han Solo’s early life, including the time he meets Chewbacca for the first time. Fans are also expecting that the film will answer why Han Solo and Chewbacca are very close to each other.

It can be recalled that Ehrenreich was first announced as the new Han Solo the day after Star Wars Day (May 4), culminating a grueling search that saw at least 2,500 actors testing out for the role.

“Han Solo: A Star Wars Story” will be directed by the individuals at the helm of “The Lego Movie”, namely, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It will be released in theaters on May 25, 2018. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be released on December 16, 2016. Meanwhile, Star Wars: Episode VIII will be shown on December 15, 2018.