Now in its fifth decade of existence, the Star Wars franchise has produced a legacy perhaps unparalleled in cinema. To list every planet, weapon and character we’ve grown familiar with over the years would be a deeply engaging chore, even for the most ardent fan. Just as fans feel they’ve got a handle on what’s what, new characters arise, bringing with them their own detailed and sometimes dark backgrounds to explore.
Though the Star Wars universe is home to these wide varieties of characters both well known and obscure, it is of course the more familiar faces that really draw the most attention. Yet despite our perceived familiarity with these characters, there’s still no shortage of mystery attached to who they are and how they’ve lived.
Han Solo is one of these characters. A cocky, wisecracking smuggler, he’s not only been a fan-favourite since his introduction back in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, he’s also a favourite of legendary Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan is responsible for co-writing Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as well as the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and the Han Solo spin-off film.
Recently the LA Times caught up with Kasdan for a chat, where the writer/director said his desire to write dialogue for Han Solo started when he saw the very first Star Wars movie. When asked if Han is his favorite Star Wars character to write dialogue for, Kasdan replied:
Always. It started with the first movie, and it’s really one moment when they break into the cellblock and he has this conversation with the Stormtroopers over the comlink. They question him and he runs out of answers and he shoots the comlink and says, “It was a boring conversation anyway.” That’s my favorite moment probably in all of “Star Wars.” And that’s Han.
Kasdan didn’t have much to say about the plot of the forthcoming Han Solo film, but he indicated that he plans to examine the same questions about Solo that fans likely have:
… You know, he’s younger in this [spinoff] movie and that’s fun because you have to imagine him 10 years earlier in his early 20s. What was he like before he hardened up? Before he had some setbacks? Before he put on this cynical coat? What got him there?
Kasdan has announced that after completing work on the Han Solo spin-off, he plans to end his involvement with the Star Wars franchise. At age 66, he’s contributed more than his fair share to both Star Wars and the world of classic cinema as a whole. Fans are truly fortunate to have him onboard for both The Force Awakens as well as the Han Solo spin off, as his involvement imparts its own sense of security over a franchise that so many of us have become devoutly protective of.
Although he won’t be around for future Star Wars films, the fact that Kasdan is co-writing the Han Solo film with his son could perhaps mark the beginning of a new generation of Kasdan involvement in the franchise – one in which the master imparts his wisdom upon his pupil. Time will tell on that one.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: The LA Times
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