Kasdan: “Star Wars” Is About To Get Weird

“The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi” and now “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” writer Lawrence Kasdan says that after J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film, the “Star Wars” universe which he has played a major part in creating is about to get a bit odd.

Speaking with The Los Angeles Times, Kasdan was asked about the future of the series. He isn’t involved in either of the upcoming two episodic films or the spin-off feature ‘Rogue One’ but he is writing the Han Solo spin-off film with his son. Discussing all of them, he says fans should expect that even the next two episodic films will be quite different to not just the original trilogy but ‘Force Awakens’ as well:

“These movies will all be so different. [Episode VIII director] Rian Johnson is a friend of mine – he’s going to make some weird thing. If you’ve seen Rian’s work, you know it’s not going be like anything that’s ever been in ‘Star Wars’. You couldn’t have three more different people than J.J., Rian and [Episode IX director] Colin [Trevorrow]. Those movies will have the ‘Star Wars’ saga as their basis, but everything else will be different. Then Phil Lord and Chris Miller are going to make the Han Solo film and I can’t guess what that will be like – and I’m writing it.”

Kasdan also says that while fans may follow every little detail of the “Star Wars” canon and continuity, he himself admits he knows nothing about it despite all his work. He also says the tone of the series should remain a bit goofy as that’s the nature of the beast:

“And with the canon – everyone refers to the canon, but it has zero meaning to me. I don’t know what the canon is. I cannot get that straight. […] I’ve written four “Star Wars” movies now, and I don’t know what the canon is.

The thing I always loved about ‘Star Wars’ – and George had this when he made ‘A New Hope’ and J.J. can hook into this very strongly – is that it’s goofy, you know? There are big issues and there’s some philosophy, but it’s basically goofy. And I think ‘The Force Awakens’ is goofy – in the best way. Wherever there’s a question: Could that happen? Well, why not?”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens on December 18th while the untitled Han Solo movie opens on May 25th 2018.