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Star Wars: First picture of Han Solo film team released

The stars of the new Han Solo film with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Image copyright Lucasfilm
Image caption L to R: Woody Harrelson, Chris Miller, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Joonas Suotamo (as Chewbacca), Phil Lord and Donald Glover

Han Solo is back in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon - and so is Chewbacca the Wookiee in the first official snap from the next Star Wars spin-off movie.

The picture shows Alden Ehrenreich - the young Han - flanked by castmates Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover.

Co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller also appear, as does Finnish basketball player Joonas Suotamo.

In case you're wondering, the mighty Finn is the one in the Wookiee costume.

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Image caption Thandie Newton, not pictured in the cast shot, is also in the film

Glover plays Lando Calrissian in the currently untitled film, which began principal photography on Monday at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

It's not yet known who Waller-Bridge will be playing, though reports earlier this month suggested she was being considered for a "CGI-driven" character.

Westworld star Thandie Newton will also have a role in the film, though she is not featured in the informal snapshot released on Tuesday.

According to the official Star Wars site, the stand-alone film will explore Han and Chewie's adventures before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

Here's what Lord and Miller had to say about the film, set for release in May 2018.

"Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous.

"We can't think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky."

Following his confirmation as the new Chewbacca, Suotamo posted a tribute to Peter Mayhew, the British-born actor who first took on the role of the beloved "walking carpet".

The sportsman-turned-actor, who was Mayhew's body double in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, said Chewbacca was "one of the most iconic characters in the history of film".

"I aspire to make Peter proud and bring Star Wars fans the Chewie they know and love," he continued, before signing off with a "Wookiee fist bump".

Image copyright Joonas Suotamo/Instagram

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