Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a massive hit, fans are already looking forward to what's next in this growing Star Wars franchise. In December, the first spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will hit theaters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII, which starts production this month and is set for release in May 2017, and the second spinoff, Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo, which is coming in 2018. We know that the Han Solo spinoff is set before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, but during a Director's Guild of America Q&A last month, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan offered new details about where this story fits in the timeline.
"[The film] will not be, 'Here's where he was born and this is how he was raised.' I think what it will be is what was he like 10 years earlier [than A New Hope]-maybe a little earlier, you'll get a glimpse. But (Akira) Kurosawa once said the heroes are the ones that are still changing and the villains are locked and petrified into what they are, and Harrison (Ford) embodies in Force Awakens someone who is still not settled on who he is."
In the 32 years between Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford had often commented about how he wanted his iconic Han Solo character to be killed off in the original trilogy finale. Towards the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Han Solo is killed by his villainous son, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), but now with this spinoff, fans will get new insight into the character, before he meets Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) at the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. As it turns out, Lawrence Kasdan wanted to kill off Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi as well, but now he's glad that George Lucas kept this smuggler alive.
"When I was working on the first trilogy I was always lobbying to kill somebody major because I felt that that gave gravitas to the story. If everyone came out fine all the time there was no danger, there's no jeopardy. And Harrison who was ambivalent at that time about his participation was all for that in 'Jedi.' And I was pushing George, I was saying 'That would be a great idea, I think it should cost us.' And by the end of Empire, you do have to worry about Han, but I think George was correct to keep Han alive. So that's always been an issue: how much danger is there and what is the real jeopardy in this saga."
We reported last month that Disney and LucasFilm have reportedly tested more than 2,500 actors to play the young Han Solo, ranging in age from 16 to 31. Some of these actors include Dave Franco, The Walking Dead star Chandler Riggs, Rami Malek, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Miles Teller and Nick Robinson, just to name a few. While we wait to see who is cast as Han Solo in this spinoff, what do you think about this story being set 10 years before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope?