Two weeks ago, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan won the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s first Icon Award for Contributions to the Cinematic Arts. He has worked on The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, as well as the upcoming Han Solo origin spinoff. In a short interaction with the media prior to receiving this award, Kasdan revealed some information about his approaching project:
Q: What can you tell us about the Han Solo project?
Lawrence Kasdan: Young Han! (Laughs)
Q: For the fans, generally speaking, should they be excited?
Lawrence Kasdan: Oh, I think so! You know, Chris Miller and Phil Lord are going to direct it. They’re great, funny and imaginative and we’ve had a great time together. My son [Jon] and I wrote the script and Chris and Phil are working on it and they’re about to move to London to start shooting in January. And it should be fun.
Q: 2018 is the release date?
Lawrence Kasdan: Yes. They’re actually scheduled for May. The [other Star Wars films] are falling on Christmas — Rogue One and Episode 9. Han will come before Episode 9.
It is nice to see that Disney is putting out the spinoff films between the main trilogy installments so that Star Wars fans can get their fill without having to wait years between the movies.
Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as a young Han for the film, slated to be released in May of 2018. The movie will focus on his origin as well as the story of how him and Chewie became the intergalactic dynamic duo.
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