If you were worried about the tone of the Han Solo Star Wars standalone film, then worry no more, as Kathleen Kennedy has stated that the Han Solo film will feel like a Western…
In a recent interview with Variety, Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy talked at length about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the following Star Wars standalone film, Han Solo. Kennedy even went so far as to compare the tone of Han Solo to a Western:
"“This moves closer to a heist or Western type feel. We’ve talked about [Frederic] Remington and those primary colors that are used in his paintings defining the look and feel of the film.”"
Kennedy also talked about diversity in the Star Wars cinematic universe and said she was committed to populating the Star Wars with more diverse faces and people, “both in front of and behind the camera.”
"“We want to make sure that when we bring a female director in to do “Star Wars,” they’re set up for success. They’re gigantic films, and you can’t come into them with essentially no experience.”"
Kennedy goes on to say that because there haven’t been many opportunities for women to direct big movies in the Star Wars Cinematic Universe, that Lucasfilm is trying to identify talented female directors, at the early stages of their careers.
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I for one think this is a wonderful idea, and I do sincerely hope to see this happen in the near future. With strong female leads like Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso) and with diverse actors taking lead roles like John Boyega (Finn) a black man, the Star Wars cinematic universe is already expanding in the right direction.