STAR WARS NEWS: Chris Miller Talks Han Solo Film | FanboysInc

STAR WARS NEWS: Chris Miller Talks Han Solo Film

By Muuka Muyumba

Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Lego Movie), and his writing/directing partner Phil Lord were picked by Disney and Lucasfilm to head up a Han Solo feature film, and recently sat down with IGN to talk about the expectations of the upcoming film.

“It’s a huge pressure. We always try and find something that’s gonna make us… give a fire to our bellies and do a really good job. And this feels like there’s a lot of pressure to not screw this up. So we’ve definitely got that motivation and then the rest of it is about trying to give audiences a fresh experience that doesn’t feel like you’re just trying to check off some checklist of beats that you’re expecting and make something that feels new and exciting for people, but at the same time honoring what was so great about that character.”

The Han Solo Star Wars story will be written by The Empire Strikes Back’s Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan, but will avoid hitting some of the same story beats and lines as the original trilogy.

“I could talk to you for a day about why he is the perfect blend of rogue-ish cowboy… Morally ambiguous, but has a clear moral compass. He’s funny, he’s off the cuff… When I was a kid on the playground, fights were about who got to play Han Solo. He’s just one of the best characters ever created.”

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Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy did offer up to Entertainment Weekly a bit more insight into just what we might see in the film, noting that they would also try to avoid revealing too many details about Han’s past.

“Those are exactly the questions we’re asking,” Kennedy says. “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.”

Although we do not get a sense of the storyline from the film, which Kennedy acknowledges will be funny, the new Marvel comics are canon, so we can assume that many new details from the books will reveal more about Solo’s past.

What is also clear is that there might be a new approach to the character as a new actor must come in to fill the charismatic shoes of Harrison Ford. Considering how hot Lord and Miller are right now, the role of the young Han Solo could be one of the most coveted male acting roles in years. Kennedy also revealed “[Han will] definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s,” Kennedy says. “We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.”

Finally, Kennedy also revealed that the third anthology film will now probably come in 2020, after the conclusion of this new trilogy with Episode IX in 2019,.after having to take the film away from the now notorious Josh Trank after the Fantastic Four debacle.

The Han Solo anthology film hits theaters on May 25, 2018.