As audiences look to get reacquainted with Han Solo in this winter’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney already has some big plans for the character’s spin-off movie, which is currently set for a May 25, 2018 release.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed some early details about what to expect, hinting that the film will be more of an “action comedy,” bringing a less serious tone to the franchise.
The main thing Kennedy wanted answered in the film is why does the film need to exist? And how much of Solo’s story do they want to tell? The good news is that Kennedy doesn’t want the film to explain too much of his backstory, instead allowing some of Solo’s mystique to remain.
“We don’t want to spend time going back and answering a lot of questions that, quite frankly, I don’t think people want answered,” Kennedy said. “I think the key here is that we are identifying an event or events in Han Solo’s life that gives you some idea of who he is and why he is the character we have all known to love.”
Kennedy added that she chose directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who previously directed The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street, for a reason.
“You can imagine, given who we’ve chosen to come in and direct, it should be very entertaining and funny.”
Additionally, Kennedy confirmed that Han Solo will be younger in the spin-off film, but not too young. “He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s.”
Now that leaves the question of who will play a younger Han Solo. With directors and writers already in place, nailing down an actor will be tough. And it won’t just be about finding the right actor for the role of a lifetime. Kennedy also acknowledged that introducing a younger Solo while Harrison Ford is playing an older Solo in the new trilogy will be tricky.
Before a young Solo appears in theaters a few years from now, we’ll get to see Harrison Ford reprise one of his most famous role on Dec. 18 when The Force Awakens hits theaters.