ByTino Jochimsen, writer at
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Tino Jochimsen

(Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom) directing a Star Wars movie. Not only that: directing a Star Wars movie, which depicts how Han Solo became the one and only Han Solo. This mind-boggling idea stems from this throw-away sort of remark, Anderson made in a recent interview with Deadline.

'I think you are reading it exactly right. I don’t think I would do a terrible job at a Han Solo backstory. I could do that pretty well. But maybe that would be better as a short.'

We all know this isn’t going to happen. And, to be honest, that’s probably a good thing. Most Star Wars fans would certainly take offense with Anderson’s aggressively offbeat sensibilities (much like the idea of David Lynch directing Return of the Jedi, which – amazingly - was once actually was a possibility).

That said, for a probably comparatively small number of people this would simply be a thing of beauty.

, like no other director of his generation, is specialized in, fascinated by, nay, obsessed with the figure of the charming scoundrel, the anti-authoritarian dreamer, who won’t give in to demands from family, society, or reality. Just look at some of the main characters he bestowed upon audiences in his career: ’s Dignan, ’s Max Fischer, ’s Steve Zissou, and especially 's Royal Tenenbaum. All of them deeply flawed, charming personalities, prone to commit the occasional crime to get what they want. Most of them pursue the woman of their dreams with considerable panache.

Although he isn't what you you would call a 'dreamer', Han Solo fits into the Wes Anderson scoundrel gallery just fine. Princess Leia would agree!


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