Kennedy Talks Young Han Solo Movie

Last month came word that “The LEGO Movie” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are teaming to direct a “Star Wars Anthology” film that deals with a young Han Solo.

EW today now has some comments from this involved about the potential casting for the film and what direction they intend to take. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy discussed the tone and overall goal of the film:

“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. You can imagine, given who we’ve chosen to come in and direct, it should be very entertaining and funny. Han Solo is the character inside Star Wars that everybody knows has a wit and sense of humor. So that’s what this should be.”

Lawrence and Jon Kasdan are penning the film which will look at how Han became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel we first met at Mos Eisley. They’re also going younger than you might expect with Kennedy saying they’re aiming for an actor fifteen years younger than Ford was in the original “Star Wars”. So he’ll “definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s.”

The film is currently targeting a May 25th 2018 release.