When it was first announced that a stand-alone Han Solo prequel was in the works my initial reaction was: ‘Why?’
It seemed wholly unneccesary, especially when a younger actor would be required to fill those famous space boots. By rights Star Wars fans should’ve had their Han Solo itch scratched long ago when George Lucas had the prime opportunity to make three Solo & Chewie movies, instead of the abominations he ultimately served us with.
But here we are and the project is currently underway with Kasdan penning the script with his son Jon. This comforting news that the prequel is in safe hands, (Kasdan previously co-wrote the script for The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi and The Force Awakens), solidified by the fact that dueo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, (The LEGO Movie), will direct, bodes well for this movie.
Speaking to Empire Magazine recently legendary producer Lawrence Kasdan established that the Han Solo movie will not be an origin story and will avoid covering the character’s youth and early beginnings. He explained:
“It will not be here’s where he was born and this is how he was raised…I think what it will be is, what was he like 10 years earlier, maybe a little earlier, you’ll get a glimpse. But [Akira] Kurosawa once said the heroes are the ones that are still changing and the villains are locked and petrified into what they are. And Harrison embodies in Force Awakens someone who is still not settled on who he is.”
It’s understood that the prequel may follow Solo’s early days partnering with Chewbacca and winning the Millenium Falcon from Lando Calrissian. Generally watching a younger space Fonzie zoom about the galaxy, space pirating his way in and out of trouble.