The classic Star Wars character Han Solo is coming back to the big screen, and it’s not just by Harrison Ford returning to his iconic role. Ford will be back as Solo this December in The Force Awakens, but Disney and Lucasfilm are also developing Star Wars Anthology movie that will focus on Han Solo in his younger days.
Although I was a bit against the idea at first because of how big the Star Wars universe is and because I just didn’t want the Han Solo I know to be ruined, I’m starting to really like the idea after the choice of directors and these following comments from Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.
We still don’t know anything about the story that Chris Miller and Phil Lord will be going with, but we do know that Solo will at least be a decade younger from the first time we saw him. It isn’t slated to hit theaters for nearly three years, but luckily for us Kathleen Kennedy has much to say about it in its very early stage.
EW has been going a little Star Wars crazy over the last few days and with all the nuggets that have been dropping, part of those stories have been about the return of the Solo character, and luckily for us that led to some details about the Han Solo focused Anthology film. Kennedy reassures fans that this won’t be The Phantom Menance all over again when it comes to going back to a characters beginnings, as well as giving us some insight into why exactly this project was chosen:
“He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s. We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.”
“Those are exactly the questions we’re asking. 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.”
It’s fantastic to hear about the kind of era they’re trying to go back to for arguably this franchises most beloved character. And as for stories – from what we already know from the original movies, the new canon, completely new stories, or even pulling from the cancelled expanded universe – the possibilities are endless. And as far as other characters being included, names like Chewie, Lando, Jabba, rival Greedo, and even characters from the new canon comics (like Han’s wife) could make an appearance. But personally, Chewie is the only appearance I really care about since their friendship is key to the character.
Hopefully this movie won’t just be limited to things we already know about the character – if so, why even do it? The Han we all know and love from the original trilogy is in his early to mid 30s, so there’s definitely a ton of time and adventures to play with, especially if he’s going to be in his “…high teens, low 20s.”
But that’s not the only Star Wars Anthology film going on at the moment, well being developed anyway. In addition to next year’s Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One and the Han Solo Anthology film, there’s also the spin-off that’s supposedly about Bounty Hunter Boba Fett. X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg has been developing it and Josh Trank was suppose to direct, but that was before before the whole Fantastic Four destruction happened…
And although they are still searching for a new director following separating with Trank, Kathleen Kennedy says they are still moving forward with it, but pushing it back to 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… We’re trying to get to a point where we’re never rushing for anything.”
Even though it seems like it’s basically confirmed by now, the former Josh Trank Anthology film is not confirmed to be about Boba Fett. It most likely is, but Lucasfilm, Kennedy or anyone else hasn’t given the official word yet. Personally, I would rather see a Rogue One take towards this film instead of it being about a character we are so familiar with, no matter how much I love Fett. But like I said above, it’s now being moved back to 2020 which gives them plenty of time to possibly go in a different direction.
What do you think of all the Star Wars goodies from above? Do you like the age their going for in a young Han Solo? Any actors in mind? What about the pushing back of the former Josh Trank spin-off? Would you like to see a Boba Fett based story or something completely new? Let me know below!
The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film has a May 25th, 2018 release date.