Longtime ‘Star Wars’ Artist Says Young Han Solo Movie Has “The Best Star Wars Script” Ever

By June 30, 2016

While Star Wars Celebration Europe in just a few short weeks promises to offer some more actual insight into Disney and Lucasfilm’s mysterious Young Han Solo movie, it looks like the highly-anticipated anthology film has just earned some mighty high praise from a longtime Star Wars collaborator. In face, Iain McCaig, the concept artist who worked on The Force Awakens and the Prequels, says it has the best Star Wars script he’s ever read.

Written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son, Jon Kasdan, here’s what McCaig had to say about the film and its screenplay while speaking at a recent Art and Industry of Imagination Conference in New York City:

“[The Han Solo movie] has by far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read. I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You’re in for a treat.”

The film, which will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and just recently cast its lead star in Alden Ehrenreich, is said to tell the origin stories of both Han Solo and Chewbacca, and follow Han during his late teens to early twenties, a part of the character’s past that is currently, nothing more than a blank slate that’s been littered with fan speculation throughout the months.

This praise from McCaig could be just what the movie needs to help raise anticipation for it as well, as some fans have remained skeptical towards it, some based purely on the reluctance to see anyone other than Harrison Ford play the character.

The report from Making Star Wars also states that McCaig confirmed that George Lucas provided a full Episode VII script to Disney, but had it shot down because it contained characters from the prequels, though the concept artist also hinted that some of Lucas’ broader ideas and elements may have been incorporated into the film. Apparently, it was also J.J. Abrams that fans have to thank for John Boyega’s casting in the film as well, after the director convinced the studio of his place in the lead trio despite their initial concerns that the movie would have too many “non-caucasian characters.” (Yikes.)

Take all of this with a grain of salt for the time being, since the report doesn’t come with any quotes to go with McCaig’s statements, but it sounds like the future of the Star Wars universe may be even brighter than we had thought, with the Young Han Solo movie being possibly one of the most under-estimated films in development right now.

The currently untitled Young Han Solo movie is set to hit theatres on May 25th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • John Ikarus

    What about ‘Short Round’ from Indiana Jones making a cameo?
    Maybe his grandson?
    “she no nuts she’s crazy!”