Star Wars: Han Solo will not be an Origin Story


Legendary screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan has made it known that the Han Solo Star Wars standalone film, will not be an origin story…

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In a question and answer session for the Directors Guild of America, Star Wars legend and all around legendary screenwriter — Lawrence Kasdan — confirmed that Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, will in fact not be an origin story.

"“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 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. And it’s probably been that way for almost all of Han’s life.”"

This comes as rather big news, as many Star Wars fans had previously thought we would see a young Han Solo grow-up on Corellia, then watch him climb the ranks of the Imperial Army, before defecting and becoming an infamous smuggler and Rebellion hero. With the new Star Wars canon having Han save Chewbacca (which caused the Wookie to owe Han a life debt) from execution by the Empire, who had enslaved the Wookiees on Kashyyyk, I would expect a Han Solo standalone Star Wars film, to focus on that part of his life.

This also muddies the waters of a much younger actor portraying Han. Recently, The Walking Dead actor Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) had auditioned for the role of a younger Han. And, there is still room for a teenage version of Solo, but after reading what Kasdan had to say about the film not being an origin story, I would expect that part of Han’s life to be quickly glossed over. Perhaps a few scenes of Han being orphaned and living the life of a thief before joining the Galactic Empire.

The potential for a Han Solo standalone film is really quite endless. There are many stories that have played out off-screen, in books and the like, that would make for an excellent movie.

You can watch the 32 minute Q&A that Kasdan and Abrams held for the Directors Guild of America, Here:

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters in May of 2018.

H/T — Indiewire