Recently, news broke out about a Han Solo Movie that will be reaching our galaxy in less than three years! I can't wait! Now many people were disappointed in the announcement because Lucasfilm / Disney has yet to decide upon an actor for the intergalactic thief. But there is more to a movie than just its actor. We already know quite a bit about this film even when we are still lacking a lead. It just requires a closer look.
So here is what to expect from the Untitled Star Wars Anthology Han Solo Film...
1. A New Setting We Don't Know Much About (Yet)
What do I mean by this? Well, it will take us to a time period in the galaxy that we have seen little of so far, specifically the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Let's take a look at what we know of the story so far:
"The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley"
So yes, not only will this movie be a "spin-off" within our favorite Galaxy (besides our own), but it will also be an origin story!
Why do we need an origin story? Well, as much as people may deny it, we know very little about Han Solo before A New Hope. Here's what we do know about his back-story so far:
- He's a wanted thief
- He is good friends with Lando Calrissian
- He gained the Millennium Falcon in a gambling bet with Lando
- He "ripped off" Jabba the Hutt in some way and became in debt to him with a large amount of units
- He is familiar with a couple bounty hunters already, or at least Greedo
- He made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs
- He met Chewbacca at some point
And that's about all we know about Han's past. There is so much room to build off of that! It will be a new time frame in the galaxy we have never seen that follows a story arc we have not seen much of yet, giving us a film that we have longed for for a long time without even knowing it.
2. A Bit of Comedy That Does Not Take Away From the Story
With the announcement of the movie also came the announcement of the pair of directors who will be tackling the film:
Christopher Miller and Phil Lord
Don't know this pair just yet? Well here are a couple films they have directed together so far:
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
- 21 Jump Street (2012)
- The LEGO Movie (2014)
Many of these movies may seem ridiculous to some people, but there is no denying that each one of these films had both a lot of comedy and a strong plot. That is something very hard to do in film. Often times, if you try to make a movie into a comedy, the plot will be hindered, or vice versa. This duo, however, is very good at using comedy in a way that it is still hilarious but it does not take away from the plot, and will even add to the plot quite often.
3. A Script That Stays True to the Star Wars Theme
One of the biggest problems when it comes to spin-off movies is that the spin-off will be too different from the original and it will make the films seem less 'connected'. Sometimes it ends up ruining the whole franchise if one spin-off is done poorly.
For example, Madagascar became an instant success with its friendly plot about friendship and surviving in a world outside your own. It has become a beloved film among many kids and their parents. Recently, Madagascar received a spin-off titled Penguins of Madagascar which included a few of the same characters, but it also lost a lot of the 'essence' of the original film. The 'friendship' and 'adjusting to life' themes were tossed away in exchange for excessive action, jokes and "spy" themes.
Fortunately, this Han Solo film will not make that mistake. How do I know this? Because of this:
"The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan."
First off, we now know that the screenplay is already finished. But that's not what I'm trying to point out. Take a look at the first name listed for who wrote it. Seem familiar?
Lawrence Kasdan was the co-writer of the screenplay for both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. In addition, he also wrote the screenplay for [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158). Kasdan is known for writing (or co-writing in some cases) a number of other films films too, including another Harrison Ford film known as Raiders of the Lost Arc.
With a Star Wars writer at the helm who has had plenty of experience writing for Harrison Ford, I'm sure the script is simply amazing and stays true to the Star Wars theme.
4. The Introduction of Chewbacca
One of the most beloved Star Wars characters of all time was Chewbacca, Han Solo's Wookiee companion. It is a very safe bet that we will see Chewy and Han meet each other for the first time in this film. We already know, however, that they can't have the "we grew up together" back story since we saw Chewbacca during Revenge of the Sith on his home planet Kashyyyk. Plus, he is supposedly 200 years old during A New Hope while Han is only in his 30's or 40's.
There are many different ways we may end up seeing these two meet. For example, we may see them meet on Kashyyyk, or they may have both been taken into custody by the Emprie, or maybe even someone has captured Chewy and has him up for sale as a pet and Han shows his softer side and adopts the big furball. Who knows???
But in any of the many possibilities, it's very safe to say that we will see our favorite Wookiee show up during Han Solo's solo film at some point.
5. Lando Calrissian and the Millennium Falcon
As it is mentioned during The Empire Strikes Back, the Millennium Falcon was not always Han's. Its previous owner was actually Han's old buddy Lando, who lost the ship to Han during a bet. Whether or not we see this bet go down, it is still another safe bet that we will see Lando and the Falcon at some point during the film.
In my opinion, I believe we will see the Falcon in Lando's possession during the entire movie. In this case, the bet would have occurred after the time frame of this film, but before A New Hope. It would show more of a side to Han Solo that we have not seen yet, specifically him without his trusted ship.
I also believe that we will see a darker side of Lando, but you know, without him actually turning to the Dark Side itself. Lando was into the whole criminal business just like Han was, except Lando may have been even deeper into it than Han. We may see the more greedy, backstabbing side of Lando that he tossed away during The Empire Strikes Back. Don't believe me? Then how do you explain his giant floating fortress? That man got his money somehow, and we are sure to see how during this film.
Now For the Stuff I Hope We Will See...
Above are the "safe bets" we have for the film. But there is certainly going to be a lot more to it than just those five things. Below are quite a few more things I personally would love to see in the Han Solo film that we can't really 'back up' just yet:
- Jabba the Hutt and Han's interactions with him that gets Han in the trouble we see him in during the Original Trilogy
- Boba Fett and the other bounty hunters
- The Empire, posing a threat to Han's thieving activities
- The Kessel Run
- The absence of the Force (to cause Han's disbelief in the Force that we see during the first half of A New Hope)
- Coruscant (specifically the "bad" districts of the planet to help influence Han's crime-sprees)
- A wide assortment of planets, including worlds we've seen previously and some we haven't seen just yet
What do you want to see in the Han Solo film? Are you as stoked for the film as I am? Who do you think should play Han or some of the other characters? Comment below! And thanks for reading!!! :D