August 15 2015

Young Han Solo film details begin to emerge

Han Solo

The Star Wars Anthology film focusing on a young Han Solo isn’t due until May 25, 2018, but already details are beginning to emerge.

In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly there is a lot of Star Wars info, but some of the most intriguing relates to the second Star Wars Anthology entry. A film focusing on the early days of Han Solo has been rumored for years, and it turns out that it was indeed on the drawing board even before Disney bought Lucasfilm. Now with Disney trying for as many as two Star Wars films a year, things are picking up in speed, and the script by the father and son duo of Lawrence and Joe Kasdan is apparently in, and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) are set to direct.

Now comes the questions, however, of what exactly will this film cover? How much of Han Solo’s past should really be revealed? “Those are exactly the questions we’re asking,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”

And she is completely correct in this. One of my favorite memories of seeing the original film in 1977 was the mention by Leia’s hologram of “the clone wars.” That simple line fired my imagination for two decades, so while I want to see some of Han’s past, I don’t want to see absolutely everything. “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 grown to love,” Kennedy said.

Of course, the other big question is how old Solo will be. Audiences did not react well to a child version of Anakin Skywalker, so they can’t go too far back with this. “He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s. We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo,” said Kennedy.

Thank goodness for that.

This does put the film in an interesting spot in Star Wars chronology, however. Han was suspected to be in his early 30s in A New Hope. Taking 10 years off of that, or possibly slightly more puts this somewhere in the mid-range between Revenge of the Sith and the original film, or right around the time of the animated Star Wars Rebels. I highly doubt he will run into those characters, but it would give you an idea as to what the state of the galaxy is.

And there we are. We have some idea of what the film will cover, and now we just need an actor in the role. And that may be the biggest sticking point of them all. Who can possibly follow the iconic performance of Harrison Ford? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: Entertainment Weekly .

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