It’s no secret that a young Han Solo will be getting his very own ‘Star Wars’ spin-off movie… but how young will he be?
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy revealed that we won’t be seeing Han Solo as a young, pod-racing scamp.
“He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s,” she said. “We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.”
Although Kennedy wouldn’t reveal any details about the Solo movie’s plot, it’s good news that we won’t be venturing back too far into Han’s history. After all, he’s loved for being a wise-cracking, quick-witted scoundrel… and in his early twenties, we would get a good look at the young upstart on his way to becoming the galaxy-renowned smuggler.
But simple curiosity doesn’t make a ‘Star Wars’ film.
“There’s got to be a reason for [the stand-alone film] to be,“ she explained. “And obviously the thing that Star Wars has always done so well is it doesn’t spend a lot of time [explaining] the stories that have come before. We don’t want to do that either. We don’t want to spend time going back and answering a lot of questions that, quite frankly, I don’t think people want answered.”
Does this mean we won’t find out how Han met Lando, or won the Millennium Falcon in a game of Sabacc? Will we ever get to see him fly the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs? For now, we’ll have to wait and see…
“I think the key here is that we are identifying an event or events in Han Solo’s life that gives you some idea of who he is and why he is the character we have all known to love. You can imagine, given who we’ve chosen to come in and direct, it should be very entertaining and funny. Han Solo is the character inside Star Wars that everybody knows has a wit and sense of humor. So that’s what this should be.”
Either way, we’re getting more Han Solo… and that can only be a good thing.
But who will be playing the young scoundrel? That remains a bit of a mystery.
“No actor has been hired yet,” said EW, “and they’re aren’t even close in that department.”
Of course, we’ve seen plenty of rumours since the ‘Star Wars’ spin-offs were first announced, linking Aaron Paul and even Taron Egerton to the role. Whoever picks up that iconic blaster will have big boots to fill. Let’s just hope this movie turns out as good as we hope.
The untitled Han Solo spin-off is currently slated for 25 May 2018.
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