Famed screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote “The Empire Strikes Back” and co-wrote last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” received the AJFF Icon Award for Contributions to the Cinematic Arts this weekend and took part in a Q&A session afterwards.
Previously he’d indicated he was done with the “Star Wars” franchise, but was lured back to co-write the upcoming young Han Solo film with his son Jon. With the casting of Alden Ehrenreich in the film, many are still skeptical about the series recasting the legendary Harrison Ford. Kasdan however feels moviegoers should be excited for the project, and in talking about it (via Star Wars Net, he revealed a start of production date:
“You know, Chris Miller and Phil Lord are going to direct it. They’re great, funny and imaginative and we’ve had a great time together. My son [Jon] and I wrote the script and Chris and Phil are working on it and they’re about to move to London to start shooting in January. And it should be fun.”
Its long been rumored the film would shoot in early 2017 to meet its proposed May 2018 release date, but this is the first time a schedule has been confirmed by one of the people involved. Even though this film will be his last for the franchise, he’s still going to be involved in the next two films in the series: “[Star Wars Episode 8 Director] Rian [Johnson] is a friend of mine. I’m getting to know Colin Trevorrow, who is going to direct Episode 9, so I feel very involved with it.”