When it was announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were going to be directing a Star Wars Anthology film, set to follow the adventures of a Young Han Solo – it seemed like fans reacted with mostly positive optimism. Especially considering how beloved Harrison Ford’s portrayal of the character is – it was shocking to see how many fans were legitimately excited for the film.
There are a lot of questions that need to be answered first though, before fans can get any kind clear picture of what the film will actually be like. Including who they’re going to be getting to play him, how young he’ll actually be in the movie, and what of Han’s previous adventures will be shown onscreen.
Well, while speaking with EW recently, both Kathleen Kennedy and the film’s screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan provided some more insight into the project, and it seems like they’re asking themselves the same questions too. When asked how they’ll be dealing with having two different actors playing Han Solo in the same universe, Kennedy responded with the following:
“Those are exactly the questions we’re asking. There’s got to be a reason for [the stand-alone film] to be. And obviously the thing that Star Wars has always done so well is it doesn’t spend a lot of time [explaining] the stories that have come before. We don’t want to do that either. We don’t want to spend time going back and answering a lot of questions that, quite frankly, I don’t think people want answered.”
She also made sure to comfort the fans, by reassuring that this Han Solo will be just as sarcastic and witty as he was in the OT:
“I think the key here is that we are identifying an event or events in Han Solo’s life that gives you some idea of who he is and why he is the character we have all known to love. You can imagine, given who we’ve chosen to come in and direct, it should be very entertaining and funny. Han Solo is the character inside Star Wars that everybody knows has a wit and sense of humor. So that’s what this should be.”
In regards to how the anthology films came into existence in the first place, Kennedy confirmed that she had spoken to George Lucas about the possibilities before Disney bought the property:
“It was one of the first things he sat down to talk to me about: What would those movies be?That’s where we discussed not only reigniting the saga, but talking about the standalone, what has now become the anthology films.”
Kasdan described how he came to be involved in the project as well, saying he chose the Han Solo film right off the bat:
“They said, ‘Here are the things that we’d like to make movies about,’ and I said, ‘Oh, well, Han Solo. I would write a movie about Han Solo. He’s always been my favorite.’ And that’s the job that I took.”
But just how old will he be in the film? We’re not going to see a kid Han Solo right? Here’s what Kennedy had to say:
“He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s. We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.”
Kasdan also went on to reveal that he was in the middle of developing the Young Han Solo story, when he was brought on with J.J. to write The Force Awakens following a loose outline that was created by Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine), and how he managed to bring his son, Jon Kasdan (Freaks and Geeks), onto co-writing the script with him:
“Since I did not expect to be sidetracked like this, when I came back to it I said to Kathy, you know, I would like Jon to write this with me. I could use some inspiration and Jon is really good, and he’s full of energy for the project, and I said, I think Jon would be a good one to do this. And we went forward that way.”
While it seems like everything is moving according to plan with the film, it is being fast-tracked currently after Josh Trank’s Anthology film was delayed following the director’s removal from the project. However, fans shouldn’t worry about the film’s future. Kennedy commented on the third Anthology project with the following:
“It’s still one of the stories that we absolutely want to tell. There is a lot of innovative technology in and around what it is we’re doing with that story, so for a lot of reasons, we were comfortable postponing that. But we’re definitely still developing it. We’re trying to get to a point, where we’re never rushing for anything.”
The thing that I love most about all of these comments, is just how in-tune the filmmakers seem to be with the fans. When Kennedy mentioned that they didn’t want to take away too much of Han’s mystery, I involuntarily smiled from ear-to-ear because that was my biggest concern about the film. With Kasdan writing the movie as well, and two of the most talented directors in Hollywood right now at the helm, it seems like this Young Han Solo movie has basically everything going for it at this point.
Now we just need to know who they’re going to cast. Please not Shia Labeouf, please not Shia Labeouf…
The Young Han Solo film is set to be released on May 25th, 2018.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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