Ever since Disney and Lucasfilm announced the birth of the Star Wars Anthology films, different has been a key word used to describe them. With the Anthology movies taking place in different times and with different characters than the Skywalker-focused core Episodes, you can see why.
The first Anthology film out of the gate will be Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and while it certainly has that Star Wars vibe, there is no mistaking that the people behind it did their own thing. Yes, the controversial reshoots may have been used to make it “feel” more like Star Wars, but it still stands completely on its own.
No opening crawl. No familiar characters (other than Darth Vader). No Jedi or Sith. Rogue Oneis about as different a Star Wars movie as you are going to get.
It would appear that the creative minds behind the next Anthology movie are thinking along the same lines.
With casting well underway and production to begin soon, the as-yet untitled young Han Solo film looks to achieve a similar thing to Rogue One. Sure, we know who Han Solo and Lando Calrissian are, but that won’t stop directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) from doing their own thing.
Cinematographer Bradford Young is best known for his work on dramatic fare such as Selma and the upcoming Arrival. He was recently interviewed by Collider and talked about how he was convinced to work on a galaxy far, far away by Lord and Miller.
“I respect their work, I respect them as filmmakers, but I wasn’t quite sure if there would be a good marriage between what I’m trying to pursue and the work that I’m doing and what they’re doing, but they helped make that real clear to me early on by expressing some real interesting story [and] photographic ideas that really resonated with me. So once they started really pulling me into that world, I realized how much these cats have come from the same pedagogy of filmmaking—in the visual sense for sure, and definitely from an approach in terms of how we want to make movies, they come from the same school.”
Young also discussed how, like Rogue One, the Han Solo movie will strive to do its own thing and stand apart while still being unquestionably Star Wars.
“We’re doing our own thing, that’s why we’re there. Phil and Chris are there to bring what they bring to their films, their very unique vision, their perspective on story and they asked me to come bring what I bring, and so just for that it won’t feel like any of the other films. And nobody at Lucasfilm is asking us to betray that, they’re saying ‘We’re in full support of what you do and we wanna make sure that we’re able to help you do it in the best way.’ It’s gonna feel like a Star Wars film, but we’re definitely gonna break some rules, and we’re encouraged to do that. Visually, narratively that’s a good mandate.”