Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will only see the light of the day this December, yet rumours and official reports about its sequels and spin-off are already popping up everywhere on the Internet.
One of the most talked about anthology films is the one that centres on Han Solo, a smuggler played by Harrison Ford in the original trilogy.
Earlier in July, it was confirmed that “The LEGO Movie” directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord are on board to helm the Han Solo standalone movie. At that time, Lucasfilm stated that it will focus on “how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley”.
Considering how the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy featured a pre-teen Anakin Skywalker (who later grew up and became Darth Vader), fans wondered if the young Han Solo will also be portrayed by a pre-teen actor.
In response to fans’ concerns, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy assured fans that the “young Han Solo” is not going to be a pre-teen in the anthology film. She was quoted as saying to Entertainment Weekly:
He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s. We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.
But when it comes to a character’s past, how much should remain a mystery?
In response to that question, Kennedy said that they’re trying to avoid over-explaining their backstory, or any other character’s backstory:
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.
She added, “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.”
The movie will also most likely feature some of the film’s original characters such as Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett, and Greedo.
J.J. Abrams’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is scheduled to arrive on 18th December this year while “Star Wars: Rogue One” will open on 16th December 2016. The Han Solo standalone movie is slated for release on 25th May 2018, but it is unclear who will play the young Han Solo yet.
For more information, visit the movie’s official website.