Han Solo Is What Brought The Kasdan Legacy To Star Wars

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Everyone has it, that moment that draws you into a movie and makes the world bigger and more real, suddenly you are sucked in and want to know and experience more than just what is being projected in front of you. For many people, including Jonathan Kasdan, one of the writers of Solo: A star Wars Story, it was Han’s introduction in the cantina during a A New Hope.

Speaking at a Press Confrence at the Pasadena Convention Center, Jonathan and his father, who also co-wrote Solo: A star Wars Story, along with a few other entries into the Star Wars universe, like Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Addressed what drew them to the Star Wars world and how they got into Solo: A star Wars Story.

JONATHAN KASDAN: “…When I was relatively young, and I first saw Han Solo in the cantina and I immediately sparked to him. He lifted up the whole movie instantly and I loved the movie. But at that moment I thought, oh, this movie’s just got me. This is the kind of character that I have loved always and it’s been so important in all the movies that I care about. This is a character who’s reckless, who’s cynical, who doesn’t trust anybody. It’s a little bit stupid. I love that. [LAUGHTER] He just does things he shouldn’t do. He gets in over his head instantly and you can see that in the brilliance of George Lucas’s cantina scene. It’s just a few minutes and you get everything about who this guy is”.

LAWRENCE KASDAN: “And I think he wanted me to write it with him because I am all those things. [LAUGHTER]

JONATHAN KASDAN: No, I…[LAUGHTER] It was funny because… Larry had decided to get involved in Star Wars based on Han. That was the movie he wanted to make first. “

I love that, although his father is most famous for writing the later two films in the Star Wars series, A new Hope is what drew him in. their dynamic is also very different and yet very complimentary as they address as well.

JONATHAN KASDAN: “I shared a deep love of this and I came at it from a totally different place than Larry [LAWRENCE KASDAN] did. I had grown up with Star Wars; I’d grown up playing with the toys and we thought that somehow between our two dynamics, between me as a fan and him as an older Jedi master, we could figure out some sort of dynamic where we could forge a story that felt both sort of contemporary and true to the spirit of Solo. “

The old Jedi/new guard concept is what drives this story and film. The best parts seem to feel very much in an older style of film making, but brought into a modern way of telling. Solo: A star Wars Story, opens in theatres everywhere on May 25th!

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