Star Wars: Wes Anderson says he could direct Han Solo backstory

Ben Skipper
4 January 2013
Star Wars: Wes Anderson says he could direct Han Solo backstory
Wes Anderson

Acclaimed director Wes Anderson has talked about the possibility of tackling the 'Star Wars' universe.

In an interview with Deadline he said he wouldn't be directing a future 'Star Wars' film but did express a vague interest in a certain smuggling scoundrel.

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"I don't think I would do a terrible job at a Han Solo backstory. I could do that pretty well," he said. "But maybe that would be better as a short."

Anderson had previously expressed his doubts about whether he'd be the right fit for the sci-fi series - as if it were some kind of secret.

"Well I have a feeling I would probably ultimately get replaced on the film because I don't know if I have all the right action chops," he said.

As good as Anderson is, he's famous for quirky indie films like 'The Royal Tenenbaums' and 'Moonrise Kingdom', so wouldn't be right for the bright, shiny and loud 'Star Wars' franchise.

Although if it means a role for Bill Murray it would undoubtedly be worth doing.

The unlikely Anderson/'Star Wars' pairing was played for laughs on Conan O'Brien's US talk show last November in an "audition tape" aping his style of direction.

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