The two lead writers for Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lawrence Kasdan and Jonathan Kasdan, talk the role of the Force in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The Force has a strong influence on the weakminded or every Star Wars film or story for that matter; until now. Solo: A Star Wars Story seems to be the first movie in a galaxy far, far away that will not contain a Force user of some kind.
The writers for Solo: A Star Wars Story, a father and son combo in Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, and Rogue One) and his offspring Jonathan Kasdan (The Force Awakens, Rogue One), discuss the Force and its role within Han Solo’s origin story with FXS magazine. Also, thanks to gamesradar.com for their insight, as well.
Jonathan Kasdan confirmed that we are delving deep into the criminal underworld, with a bit of a western vibe in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and not on the Force’s direct role on the galaxy.
"“We’re not dealing with the spiritual side of Star Wars. It’s about a set of concerns that I think are relatable to all people, but are specific to movies like Westerns and crime movies, where people are out for their own very specific ends. We felt we could do a fun, crime-movie Western.”"
Lawrence Kasdan, who helped the Maker himself George Lucas create the character of Han Solo, opened up about a movie without the Jedi, Sith, or Force-users in general.
"“It turned out that all the movies after that had to deal with the Empire and the Force and the Jedi and everything, but I was looking for the escape hatch. Where do we get to have the fun of this galaxy?”"
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For me, it’s always about the Jedi. Sith. Anakin Skywalker. Luke Skywalker. Darth Vader. Lightsabers. But now, I’m looking forward to a movie without their presence — which is strange. The Force is a mysterious one, and it works in all sorts of crazy ways if I’m making these statements, but, it’s true — all of it.
Honestly, it would feel “Forced” if Darth Vader popped in, or if they flashed over to what Obi-Wan is doing on Tatooine. I’m even okay breaking the tradition of a Star Wars film with R2-D2 and C-3P0 — blasphemy, I know, but more on that for another time.
Let Solo: A Star Wars Story be, well, “solo” from the other Star Wars films.
I want this movie to be different and from what I’ve seen, read, and heard thus far, that’s what I’m going to get.
It’s time to let Darth Vader and company sit this one out; as much as it hurts me to say that about my favorite Star Wars character.
Solo: A Star Wars Story premieres May 25, worldwide.