Lawrence Kasdan Talks ‘Han Solo’ Film, Continued ‘Star Wars’ Involvement

By May 31, 2016

Prolific screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan – who worked on The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in addition to co-writing the upcoming Han Solo spinoff film with his son, Jon – was honored with the first ever Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Icon Award over the weekend. During a Q&A panel (via Star Wars News Net) that took place at the event, he was asked whether or not fans should be excited for the adventures of a young Han Solo:

“Oh, I think so! You know, Chris Miller and Phil Lord are going to direct it. They’re great, funny and imaginative and we’ve had a great time together. My son [Jon] and I wrote the script and Chris and Phil are working on it and they’re about to move to London to start shooting in January. And it should be fun.”

Kasdan also revealed that he hadn’t originally planned to work on The Force Awakens, outside of serving as a consultant, but circumstances basically paved the way for him to take a more active role:

“I was originally going to just write Han, but I had contracted to be in the story group on Episode 7, which became ‘The Force Awakens.’ And then there were problems. A wonderful writer, Michael Arndt, just couldn’t do the time pressure, and people were being hired in England and it was enormous pressure and he stepped away. We stayed in contact and he’s a lovely man, then J.J. [Abrams] and I took over, and now I found myself instead just doing Han and consulting on ‘Force Awakens,’ we were actually writing Episode 7 together and it happened very fast.”

The upcoming Han Solo film was expected to be Kasdan’s last project in the Star Wars universe, but when asked if he could divulge any information about future Star Wars films, he revealed that he’s still loosely linked to other projects through his relationships with the filmmakers:

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

Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the untitled Han Solo film will focus on the scoundrel’s early years, exploring his relationship with Chewbacca and charting his path to becoming the notorious smuggler that won the hearts of fans in the original Star Wars trilogy. Alden Ehrenreich will play the title role, with the film currently scheduled for release on May 25, 2018.

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Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).