So when it was announced that the next Star Wars Anthology film would focus on a young Han Solo, there was both excitement and hesitation. The former because it would give us a look at how Han Solo came to be one of the greatest smugglers in the galaxy, but yet also constantly owing notorious gangsters money. Which is where the latter comes into play. The new film would basically be another origins story, which is not the kind of movie everyone likes to see, especially when each of them feels the same. Then comes the “young” part — just how young will Solo be? A kid or, worse, a teenager?
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has come out to confirm that Han Solo won’t be a kid or a young teenager, but rather someone who is already an adult. More on this story below.
EW spoke to Kennedy on the matter, and confirmed that Han Solo will be a young adult,
He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s. We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.
While some may be groaning about the fact that we are getting a young Han Solo adventure, Kennedy explains why this film will work,
Those are exactly the questions we’re asking. There’s got to be a reason for [the stand-alone film] to be. And obviously the thing that Star Wars has always done so well is it doesn’t spend a lot of time [explaining] the stories that have come before. We don’t want to do that either. 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”¦. 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.
Of course with the film in very early development, it’s hard to say how Han Solo becomes the Han Solo we all know and love. Though the original trilogy does provide some interesting background that could be explored, like how he got the Millennium Falcon from Lando, what sort of shady deals did he have to do for Jabba The Hutt, and the story behind the Boba Fett rivalry.
What is a bit troubling about the comment is that she brings up the idea of “answering a lot of questions that, quite frankly, I don’t think people want answered”¦.” So what does that say about Rogue One? Do people really want to see how the Death Star plans were stolen? And what if it doesn’t meet the hype? Of course these are just hypotheticals, but still.
But Kennedy explains how directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s film will approach the tone,
“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 says.
The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film is scheduled for a May 25, 2018 theatrical release.