Today is Han Solo day and as promised, Entertainment Weekly has a new piece about Harrison Ford’s return to playing Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It’s a big of a fluffy piece with lots of talk about how in awe everyone was of him, but the part I found particularly interesting was Lawrence Kasdan on what Han Solo means to him:
Lawrence Kasdan, who worked on the original trilogy and wrote The Force Awakens with director J.J. Abrams also took note of that hush. “It was sort of surreal for everybody, and it wasn’t just Han, it wasn’t just Harrison. It was seeing all this stuff,” he says. “The Millennium Falcon has been a big part of my life, from Empire to Jedi to Force Awakens — and now I’ve written a movie about the young Han. So the Falcon has enormous resonance for me. And I don’t know if you can imagine what it would be like to watch things being shot on that set with those people.”
He laughs, trying to find the right words, and settles on: “It’s pretty cool!”
We already knew that Lawrence Kasdan had written a young Han Solo movie. What I like is that he related that film to his affection for the Falcon. Does this mean that the young Han Solo Anthology film is a Han who is already captain of the Falcon? Could it perhaps be about him attaining it? Am I crazy and totally speculating out of my butt? Time will only tell, but it’s quite promising to hear someone as skilled as Kasdan talk about love he has for a character that he’s writing. I know that’s exactly the kind of person I want working on the future of Star Wars.
Read the rest of the Entertainment Weekly article here: http://www.ew.com/article/2015/08/13/star-wars-force-awakens-inside-return-han-solo