With ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ premiering this week, fans are starting to ask more and more questions about what is coming next for the franchise, which means looking deeper into the new anthology films, including the movie about a young Han Solo. Of course, the real trick to making that film work is finding someone to take over the iconic role from Harrison Ford, who clearly will not be playing a young version of himself. Supposedly the filmmakers have already met with over 2,500 hopefuls, but no official casting announcement has been made just yet, mostly likely meaning they still have not found anyone. Of course, there’s still plenty of time as the film is not set to come out till May 25, 2018, and directors Phil lord and Chris Miller have yet to even release a title for the film, but it does raise an interest question, how do you find a new Han Solo?
According to series veteran Lawrence Kasdan in a recent interview with ‘Vulture,’ you do not look for a young Harrison Ford, but rather, someone who “suggests” him. Check out Kasdan’s quote below:
“You want someone who isn’t going to be exactly like Harrison, you want someone who suggests him. It’s like when you adapt a book, and I’ve adapted a couple: You don’t want to adapt it word for word, you want the essence to come through. With Harrison, though, it’s not easy to find someone with those kinds of qualities. He’s like Spencer Tracy, and what does a young Spencer Tracy look like?”
Kasdan also spoke about the fact that George Lucas had a Han Solo prequel in mind even before he handed over the franchise to Disney, a fact which got Kasdan onto the topic of keeping franchise facts secret in the digital age.
“Everything is different, and I don’t even think of it so much as Twitter as it is the beast of the internet. The big thing is that you used to put out a trailer, and people would only see it if they went to the right movie. Now, you put out a picture and the entire world has it in five minutes! You put out a trailer, and there are 80 million views! A rumor or a spoiler can have 200 million views. That didn’t exist in the past.
It’s incredibly painful in the world of keeping franchise secrets. It’s not incredibly painful in the world.”
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