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The Kasdans Talk “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Lawrence and Jonathan open up about their collaboration

“When I agreed to do Solo, I said, ‘I can’t do this without Jon,'” explained Lawrence Kasdan–quite poignantly–to “Star Wars Show” host Anthony Carboni on the April 18 episode of the weekly saga video magazine.

Star Wars, of course, has often been described as a family drama, one that has frequently focused on the dynamics between father and son. In this intriguing piece, Lawrence and his son Jonathan spoke about their relationship and their collaboration on Solo.

It’s one of the best interviews I have seen on the show.

Working together…

J.J. Abrams with Lawrence Kasdan during the production of The Force Awakens

“He had great ideas about Han,” said the elder Kasdan to Carboni about Jonathan. “I couldn’t really face doing it myself without him.”

Young Kasdan spoke about growing up in and around Star Wars, and how his work in the current epoch of the Saga began.

“It was crazy,” said Jonathan Kasdan. “I became a fan, like a lot of kids in my generation, seeing it on video.

“Then, when George and Larry continued to maintain a relationship… it’s always been a sort of Star Wars family.

“When this came up, it seemed like an opportunity for us to write something together, which is what we always wanted to do,” he said.

…was amazing

Ron Howard, Jonathan Kasdan, Kathleen Kennedy, and Lawrence Kasdan on the set of “Solo.”

They both wanted to collaborate, and seem extremely pleased with the result of their writing.

“Of course there’s that wariness; can a father and a son [work together]… it can be ragged, but the good times–which were most of the times–were amazing,” said Larry.

At 5:45, the interview is lengthy (at least in this format), but is dense in the amount of information the pair reveal about their collective writing process, including facts about their writing of Han, Chewbacca, and, of course, Lando.

However, most interestingly, the Kasdans also gave insight on the character of L3-37.

“There’s an emotional core to her, ” said Lawrence Kasdan about the droid. “With L3, you’re instantly enchanted by her.”


The entire interview was enchanting! Watch the whole piece by clicking the tweet. JB

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A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.