SPOILER ALERT: This article contains a mild SPOILER from ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ so if you haven’t seen it, you may wish to turn back now.
It’s hard to remember this, but the movie that eventually became the current #1 movie in America, ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ has been in development for years. It was actually in the works before Lucasfilm LTD was even acquired by Disney and even back then, Lawrence Kasdan was already attached and working on the script. But intriguingly, when Disney purchased Lucasfilm, they weren’t sure whether a “Young Han Solo” was a good idea. Kasdan was brought in for a meeting and outlined one scene in particular that sold the concept to their new owners… and it’s a scene that wound up in the final movie!
Kasdan detailed this pitch below:
“Five years ago, when I came onto the thing — and Disney wasn’t on when I came on, then three weeks later, they owned the company — and they came up to Marin [California] and Kathy [Kennedy] got the people who were already working on it to make a five-minute presentation to Bob Iger and Alan Horn and everyone. My presentation was, [Han] comes to an immigration spot and someone asks, ‘What’s your name?’ It’s not just that he doesn’t have a name, which tells you a lot about his history. He says ‘I have no people.’ That to me is so forlorn and so isolating and rife, and the guy fills in his name. Bob Iger said ‘Alright, I’m in.’ That was it. That was the moment. He reacted to it the way I reacted to it, which was, it’s very moving. This was a guy who has nothing. Someone plants a name on him. He doesn’t even know the guy. It sticks for the rest of the saga.”
Unfortunately, ‘Solo’ has been controversial since its release and those that disliked it have singled this scene out as one that they most hated, for being either unnecessary or… quite frankly, just silly.
What did you think? Did this scene work for you?
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ directed by Ron Howard, written by Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan is now playing in theaters.
Source: Cinema Blend