It’s quite possible that Lawrence Kasdan has been busier these last few years and leading up to now, than he has been in a long time. He first had to help pen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now that the movie is he is being besieged with questions regarding Star Wars: Episode VIII. However, because he has nothing to do with the next installment of the Star Wars trilogy of movies (since that is to be handled by director and writer Rian Johnson), he did agree to volunteer some information regarding what is to be his final movie in the overall Star Wars saga.
According to SlashFilm, Kasdan recently talked a bit about the developing Han Solo spin-off that will be directed by The LEGO Movie helmersPhil Lord & Chris Miller, and he’s trying to assuage any fears fans might have of yet another origin story in the Star Wars universe following the disappointing beginnings of characters like Anakin Skywalker and Boba Fett in the prequels.
Speaking with The LA Times, Kasdan said the spin-off, which is officially designated as A Star Wars Story, is still in the very early stages of development. Speaking about the film and the directing duo of Lord & Miller, the screenwriter said:
“Those guys are geniuses in their own right, and they did something with ‘The Lego Movie’ that no one had ever seen. I think the Han movie is going to be crazy different, and I haven’t got a clue what it will be. We’re so far from putting it on film.”
And speaking on a new episode of Empire Film Podcast (via MakingStarWars.net), Kasdan attempted to assuage any fans’ hesitation about getting another origin story about an iconic character from the Star Wars universe:
“I think it won’t be the thing you’re worried about. It will not be like here is where he was born and this is how he was raised. I think what it will be is what was he like ten years earlier, ya know maybe a little earlier you’ll get a glimpse but… what formed the person we meet in the cantina? It is not so much about his specific history. It is about what makes a person like that? He’s not full formed in the cantina! Kurosawa once said ‘the heroes are the ones that are still changing and the villains are locked and petrified into what they are’ and Harrison embodies in Force Awakens someone that’s still not settled on who he is.”
So expect this Han Solo movie to be some kind of definitive moment in the life of the smuggler that really shaped who he is when we see him for the first time in A New Hope, and also expect it to be “crazy different” somehow. Hopefully it won’t ruin the mystique of this character we loved for years, and I trust Phil Lord & Chris Miller to come through on this one.
The Han Solo spin-off is slated to arrive on May 25th 2018.
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