It's already known that the directing team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are taking the reigns, and Lawrence Kasdan and his son, Jon, are on board as screenwriters. Casting for Han Solo is too far off at this point to be an issue, so disregard any rumors you may have heard recently.
Kennedy is mindful of the inherent concerns surrounding a Han Solo origin story. What is it that needs to be told, exactly?
“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.”
“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 known to love,” Kennedy says.
Of all the characters to explore, why Han? When presented with options, the final choice was made by Lawrence Kasdan.
“They said, ‘Here are the things that we’d like to make movies about,’ and I said, ‘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,” Kasdan says.
One of the big questions is how old (or young) will Han be at the time this film takes place?
“He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s,” Kennedy says. “We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.”
There is also discussion of the future of the third Anthology film after the departure of Josh Trank as director. According to Kennedy, there is no need to worry — it is moving ahead with an expected release date of 2020.
“It’s still one of the stories that we absolutely want to tell,” she says. “There is a lot of innovative technology in and around what it is we’re doing with that story, so for a lot of reasons, we were comfortable postponing that. But we’re definitely still developing it.”
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