There is a lot of hype building for some of the future films in the Star Wars franchise lately. After a brief bit of concern over massive reshoots for Rogue One, fans are now very excited after a bunch of new details came out, including the confirmation of Darth Vader for the movie. But Disney has other spinoff movies planned, and after Rogue One, it will be everyone's favorite scruffy nerf herder Han Solo who is getting a solo movie. Now, the initial script for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is getting high praise from a trusted source. And that source just so happens to be an expert on all things Star Wars.
We know relatively little about the upcoming, untitled Young Han Solo movie, but thanks to a recent report from Star Wars News Net, we get a bit of a window into what we might be able to expect in terms of quality. Speaking at an art and industry conference in New Zealand recently, The Force Awakens concept artist Iain McCaig revealed that he has read the script for the Han Solo spinoff movie, and that he thinks it is really amazing. The article doesn't feature a direct quote, but here is what the report has to say about McCaig's feelings on the script.
"'By far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read. I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You're in for a treat.'"
Lawrence Kasdan, whose Star Wars history dates back to writing the screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back, wrote the script for the Young Han Solo movie, which should lend some credibility to McCaig's praise. Kasdan was also brought on board to help J.J. Abrams rework the initial draft of The Force Awakens, which was done by Michael Arndt. Interestingly enough, Kasdan reportedly wrote the initial script for the Han Solo spinoff movie even before he made his contribution to The Force Awakens.
McCaig has been a member of the Star Wars family for quite some time, and had a very good working relationship with George Lucas, before he sold off Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012. McCaig was a concept artist on all three of the prequel movies as well as The Force Awakens, and has a good relationship with Disney currently, as he did some of the concept art for the very successful live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. That being the case, it isn't likely that he would say anything negative about the script for the Han Solo movie, but he didn't necessarily have to be so overly positive either.
We don't know a whole lot else about the Young Han Solo Star Wars movie, but we know a small handful of essential details. For one, Hail Caesar! standout Alden Ehrenreich has been cast in the title role, taking over duties for Harrison Ford who is obviously a bit too old to play a young version of himself. We also know that The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the ones who have been chosen to helm this standalone movie. With those pieces in place and McCaig's comments, it is still early, but we may be able to start getting our hopes about about this movie. The Young Han Solo movie is currently set for a May 25, 2018 release date.