The still untitled Han Solo Star Wars anthology film is now one year away (May 25, 2018). Let that sink in for a moment if you’d like…
Okay, so everyone’s favorite Corellian smuggler is getting what we hope will be a proper backstory after many long years of fan service. And since it’s still a year away we know very little about the film itself but there is some information out there so let’s talk about it.
First off the film will be directed by the team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who directed the Jump Street movies but more importantly the incredible Lego movies. These guys have swashbuckling humor flowing through their veins and practice modern day alchemy with their work on the Lego movies so this should be homerun for them.
As for the screenplay I can’t imagine it being in better hands than that of Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan. For the unenlightened, Lawrence Kasdan has written or contributed to 3 Star Wars films (Ep IV, V and VII) and wrote the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark not to mention countless other films and TV shows. If anyone knows this character, it’s him.
And what has me the most excited is that they’ve brought on cinematographer Bradford Young who has done Pawn Sacrifice, Selma, A Most Violent Year and my favorite movie from last year, the absolutely amazing Arrival. If you haven’t’ seen Arrival for some crazy reason, stop what you’re doing and watch it immediately. It is a marvel from conception to actualization and visually stunning. Storytelling at its finest.
This super team of Lord/Miller, the Kasdans and Young is top notch and these folks are at the top of their game right now so this should be something special.
For casting they’ve put together a nice ensemble to play new and familiar characters from the Star Wars universe. We’ve got Joonas Suotamo playing everyone’s favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca and the amazing Donald Glover playing the smooth and nefarious Lando Calrissian. Woody Harrelson was rumored to be playing Garris Shrike the bounty hunter who raised Solo, but he has since said his character’s name is actually Beckett. Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton round out the leads with playing new characters.
But all eyes will be of course on Alden Ehrenreich playing the iconic Han Solo. The list of actors who were considered and/or auditioned for the role is long and legendary but the part would go eventually go to Ehrenreich who ironically would be the first actor auditioned by the directors.
There’s nothing in Ehrenreich’s library to suggest he’s ready for this type of undertaking but look wise I think he fits and apparently does a killer Han Solo/Ford impersonation. However, the directors will have to be careful to not make his performance come across as simply a parody and encourage him to make the role his own.
As for the plot we know next to nothing but we can surmise some things just by what we know of Solo himself and exposition heard throughout the saga. We do know that timeline will be set before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and will be about Han Solo in his early years. In Han Solo’s official backstory, Solo was raised by space gypsies and he never knew who his family was and there’s no indication we’ll find that out here. There are whispers that the film will end up at the point in Episode IV just before Solo meets Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker.
Will we see Solo’s time in the Imperial Navy? Will we see Solo lose his commission while saving Chewbacca which leads to the “life-debt”? We will see the famous card tournament where Solo wins the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian? These are legendary moments in Star Wars canon and fans have been clambering to see these moments on screen for years now.
It’s a very good bet that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are fan boys themselves, wouldn’t miss an opportunity like this to get these iconic moments set in perpetuity for future generations of Star Wars fans to see. And with this being Lawrence Kasdan’s last Star Wars script there simply isn’t a better time.
The next preview is 6 months from now and I’m sure we’ll have a ton of new information, images and maybe even a teaser/trailer to look at!
Till next time…MTFBWY.