Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film

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The second Anthology film has been announced.  Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, of The Lego Movie  and 21 Jump Street fame, will direct the new film.   The film is scheduled to be released May 25, 2018.

From StarWars.com:

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”

The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.

This is a very interesting premise to this film.  While 21 Jump street isn’t exactly the type of movies I would want to model after for Star Wars – especially this Star Wars movie about Han-freakin’-Solo, these guys have done good work overall.  What’s more interesting is Lawrence Kasdan writing the screen play.  Lawrence Kasdan – if you don’t already know – co-wrote Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.  He gets it.  He gets Han Solo.

I think Miller and Lord will also understand the playfulness that comes with Han Solo’s character.  Afterall, we won’t have Harrison Ford and his charisma appearing as the central character (not without some Tron:Legacy type CGI which would be lame).  So we’ll need some directors who can help get this out of someone else (preferably NOT Chris Pratt, no offense).

Just another point: this could still be very much a Boba Fett movie as was speculated earlier.  I’ve noted that I don’t really want to see a movie with Boba Fett as a central character.  Just as a nemesis (think Jaws).   So we’ll see what comes of this aspect as well.

This is good news and I hope to keep hearing more.