What’s basically shaping up to be a new ‘Star Wars’ renaissance will continue in 2020 when a project most never dreamed would materialize does, in the form of a new ‘Anthology’ movie depicting the younger days of Han Solo. Of course the early years of most of the legendary ‘Star Wars’ characters has been mostly mystery, and in the case of two– Darth Vader and Boba Fett– that probably should have remained the case. Will the origin of the notorious scoundrel manage to sidestep the kiddie curse of the maligned prequels? Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy assures, “We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.”
More specifically, Kennedy says, “He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s.”
The movie will be helmed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are responsible for ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’, ‘The Lego Movie’ and the two ‘Jumpstreet’ movies, with a script by father-son team Lawrence and Jon Kasdan. The senior contributed to ‘The Force Awakens,’ ‘Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ as well as ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’
Lawrence Kasdan was essentially given his choice of ‘Star Wars’ movies to make and says, “‘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.”
In an army of earnest heroes, Solo’s appeal is his snarky, weary persona. Expect that sense of humor to remain intact, as Kennedy said, “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.”
The film is expected to include such (new) familiar faces as Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, Jabba The Hutt and Greedo. No mention was made of another cult fave who was also rumored to be the subject of this movie, Boba Fett. It’s possible he will still pop up, or that he will be the subject of a third ‘Anthology’, the one to which Josh Trank was attached before the ‘Fantastic Four’ debacle cost him the job. That third film, which Kennedy refused to divulge information about is currently seeking a new director.
Also worth noting, the ‘Star Wars’ comic books currently being published by Marvel are considered canon, so there’s that whole matter of Han being married that needs to be addressed in film.
Since the movie is still half a decade away, that’s about all that is known at this time, but as it grows closer and as the other ‘Star Wars’ films hit the big screen, more info should surface.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly