With Disney remaining incredibly tight-lipped about their upcoming Han Solo spin-off, veteran Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan has surprisingly revealed details about when the movie will take place; whilst insisting that it won’t be an origin story for the intergalactic smuggler. According to Kasdan who is both producing and working on the film’s script, the movie will tell the tale of our beloved Han Solo before he meets Luke and Ben Kenobi in the Mos Eisley cantina in A New Hope.
Speaking in a Q&A with The Force Awakens director J.J Abrams, Kasdan was keen to insist that the movie won’t revolve around Solo’s life up until that point: “It will not be, ‘Here’s where he was born and this is how he was raised. I think what it will be is what was he like 10 years earlier — maybe a little earlier, you’ll get a glimpse”. He continued, adding that because Solo’s persona is constantly changing throughout the saga, going back to the beginning would be telling the story of a completely different person:
“Kurosawa once said the heroes are the ones that are still changing and the villains are locked and petrified into what they are, and Harrison embodies in Force Awakens someone who is still not settled on who he is”. So far, little is known about the upcoming spin-off, but actors Dave Franco, Miles Teller, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Logan Lerman, Ansel Elgort, Ed Westwick and Rami Malek are among the many reported to have tried out for the role of Han.
With Kasdan having experience in writing for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, lets hope he can do the movie justice. Watch the full Q&A below.