Star Wars: Red Cup Han Solo Working Title Logo Revealed, And What It Tells Us

In a twitter post announcing the official start of principal photography for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (not official title), director Chris Miller, who is directing alongside Phil Lord, also revealed the logo for the working title: Red Cup (it's a pun on red plastic cups by the company... Solo). Yes, even the working title gets its own Star Wars logo, though it's uncertain whether it indicates anything about the film.

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The logo, like the first logo revealed for Episode VIII, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is in red - something analyzed quite a bit last week when that logo was revealed, but here likely just indicative of the "red cup" moniker. The fonts chosen tell a little more of a story, though; while "Star Wars" is in the typical font for those words, the words "Red Cup" are in big, blocky bold letters that look like they belong in the title card of an old Western. Fans of those films, which were frequently cited as a major influence for George Lucas on the original Star Wars movies, can no doubt picture titles like "Fistful of Dollars" or "High Noon" written in this exact font.

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(Photo: Chris Miller / Lucasfilm)

While we don't know much at all about the plot of Han Solo, we do know that the time it takes place, the "Dark Times" period between the prequel and original trilogies, featured a Han Solo that was an all-out outlaw, making his way across the galaxy as a smuggler, long before he'd joined up with any kind of Rebellion. With the focus being on high-flying adventure, and with characters like Han and Lando involved meaning there has to be at least one major heist, it makes sense that it would also lean much more heavily toward a Western influence than the typical mix of Westerns, war serials, and Samurai epics that Star Wars is known to derive from.

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is filming now under directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller for a 2018 release (no specific date has been officially announced). Alden Ehrenreich stars as a young Han Solo in the era before Star Wars: A New Hope, before he met Leia and Luke and embarked on a galaxy-saving adventure. Donald Glover also stars as Lando Calrissian, with Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke in as-yet-unrevealed co-starring roles.

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