It’s been four weeks since the next Star Wars Anthology film — after Rogue One of course — was announced, and that it would be centered around everyone’s favorite smuggler with a heart of gold, Han Solo. Since then, there has been talk of who would be the perfect dreamcasting for a young Han, and if the film would be a true origin story, or a filler film between Episodes VI and VII.
IGN recently sat down with the directors of the Han Solo film (not sure if that’s the title yet), Chris Miller and Phil Lord, and got some insight into the minds of the team that brought The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street to the big screen. Besides the obvious “This is a childhood dream” comment, which is very cool, as you want the guys helming such an important project to actually know the content, Miller added this when asked about how to approach the film:
"“Oh man, that’s our big challenge, right? 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.”"
It’s good to know that they want to honor what makes Han Solo so relatable and a fan favorite among the Star Wars faithful. A film all about Han, should show just how or why he developed that arrogant, yet surprisingly charming attitude. Also, if you want to tell a Han Solo origin story, you must cover how he and Chewbacca met. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
The Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film is set to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.