Aside from George Lucas, one of the most important figures in the legacy of Star Wars is arguably Lawrence Kasdan. The filmmaker made his screenwriting debut on 1980's Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, co-writing the script with Leigh Brackett, and he returned to co-write Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi with George Lucas himself. More than 30 years later, he returned to co-write Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, and he is also writing the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie with his son Jon Kasdan, which is set for release on May 25, 2018. During a new interview with the German newspaper Bild (translated by The Supernaughts), the writer revealed that the Han Solo Movie will be his last Star Wars film.
"This is my last film for this saga. I did not even want to do this last one anymore, but my family loved the idea. I did four Star Wars movies. That's more than enough. I want to work as director again."
The news doesn't come as too much of a surprise, since Disney and LucasFilm have already solidified the creative teams for almost all of their upcoming Star Wars projects. Gareth Edwards is directing the first spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, from a script by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, with Rian Johnson writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, both of which are already in production. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the Han Solo movie, with Colin Trevorrow coming aboard in August to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. It isn't clear if the director will write Star Wars: Episode IX himself, or if other writers will be brought on board.
Lawrence Kasdan last wrote and directed Darling Companion in 2012, which starred Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline and Dianne Wiest. His other directorial credits include Dreamcatcher, Mumford, French Kiss, Wyatt Earp, Grand Canyon, I Love You to Death, Silverado, The Big Chill and his directorial debut, Body Heat. It isn't known if the filmmaker has any projects he's developing to direct that are currently in the works.
Disney and LucasFilm are also developing a third Star Wars anthology project, which has been rumored to center on the beloved bounty hunter Boba Fett. Josh Trank was once attached to direct that project, before he ultimately backed out of the movie earlier this year. Disney and LucasFilm have not announced a replacement for the director yet, nor have they confirmed any details about the story. Are you disappointed that Lawrence Kasdan is stepping away from the Star Wars universe? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more details.