Everything you wanted to know about Han Solo From left, Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan attend Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Joel Ryan)
Everything you wanted to know about Han Solo
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Lawrence Kasdan is not afraid to play favorites. For him, Han Solo is it.
 
He did not create the scruffy-looking smuggler. He hadn't even heard the story that George Lucas partially based Han on Francis Ford Coppola. But it was Kasdan who helped fully realize "Star Wars'" favorite scoundrel when he stepped in to write "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
 
"He's reckless. He's feckless," Kasdan said in a recent interview. "He's cynical. He's tough. He's pragmatic. He's not that smart. I like that. He's the most fun."
 
It was the character of Han that made him think about coming back to the world of "Star Wars" in the first place. Kathleen Kennedy called him up in 2012 to tell him that she was taking over Lucasfilm and that they were planning to make more "Star Wars" films. At the time, Kasdan was not sure he wanted to rejoin the franchise.
 
Yet for Kasdan, 66, a four-time Oscar nominee who wrote "Raiders of the Lost Ark" the shadow of "Star Wars" loomed large.
 
"It's always been playing in the background of my life. The movies were so big," he said. "They never go away. "
 
Kennedy, Kasdan and George Lucas talked about plans for a new trilogy. They talked about a number of spin-offs. That included one about a young Han Solo.
 
"I said, 'Oh, that's interesting,'" Kasdan recalled. So he signed on to write the young Han anthology movie with his 36-year-old son, Jon Kasdan.  And he agreed to consult on "The Force Awakens," which Michael Arndt ("Toy Story 3") was writing.
 
Kasdan had been consulting for nine months on "The Force Awakens." He was coming in once or twice a week while also writing the Han movie. Then they asked him to take over the script with director J.J. Abrams.
 
"There were issues that were coming up. And there was enormous pressure to get the thing done, recalled Kasdan. "People were being hired. Stages were being rented. When everyone decided that J.J. and I would write the script, there was no big adjustment. We were already really getting along. Then, we just started again."
 
The specifics of what exactly "The Force Awakens" is about are being treated like state secrets.  The movie opens this Friday. But fans have some ideas from the trailers and promos. It has been over 30 years since the events of "Return of the Jedi." In that time Han Solo, for one, has changed his tune about the force. After all, he once dismissed it as a hokey religion.
 
"(Han is) older and wiser. But wiser is only worth so much," Kasdan teased. "We don't get any smarter. What we call wisdom is really just the accumulation of experiences. But when you do have a lot of experience, it gives you perspective. You think about your life in terms of, do you want to continue to do the things you've always done? Or do you want to break it up somehow? Are you stuck now? Or is there still a possibility of change? And I think those are the issues. Not just for Han. But for everybody."
 
If that sounds like a lot of theorizing and soul-searching, don't worry. Kasdan promises Han is still funny, too.
 
"Harrison is sort of beyond belief in this movie," Kasdan said. "He's absolute gold."
 
Ford's legacy and iconic acting in the role of Han is why Kasdan understands just how hard it will be to find an actor to play a young Han. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("21 Jump Street") have seen thousands of actors as they try to fill those shoes.
 
"Harrison is one of a kind. He's a one-off," Kasdan said. "There is going to be a lot of pressure on anyone who tries to be that (younger) character. He's got to be a believable antecedent."
 
But beyond finding that perfect person, Kasdan has just been enjoying the chance to work with his son on the script. Even if it's been trying at times.
 
"Collaborating with anyone is challenging. But when it's your son, now there's this additional thing. Like, 'Dad, do you know what you're talking about?'" Kasdan laughed. "But 'Star Wars' is all about that. Fathers and sons."
 
Kasdan said he will really be leaving "Star Wars" behind this time after the Han film comes out in 2018.
 
"That's enough," he said with Han Solo sureness. "I'm done."

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COMMENTS (39)
  • jenniek-bel
    12/17/2015 - 02:11 p.m.

    He is he is called a scoundrel because he was a rascal.

  • smithmin0-dil
    1/12/2016 - 03:18 p.m.

    Han solo is reffered to as a scoundrel because he is the best at keeping secrets for star wars so people will not know what is going to happen for the next star wars. Also he have a relationship about what star wars is really about.

  • cedricm-pro
    1/19/2016 - 11:40 a.m.

    I think that Han was referred to as a scoundrel because he was always reckless and feckless and he is not smart at all.

  • jacobn-pro
    1/19/2016 - 11:41 a.m.

    I think Han solo was referred to as a scoundrel because he is not a good character because it is a he break sound a shoot at something did it he is not that very smart

  • hunterj-pro
    1/19/2016 - 11:43 a.m.

    I think Han Solo was referred to as a scoundrel because he is reckless/ feckless cynical/ tough pragmatic and not that smart. he/s the most fun.

  • deviny-pro
    1/19/2016 - 11:50 a.m.

    Han Solo was referred to as a scoundrel because he was the favorite scoundrel to write the empire strikes back and the
    return of the jedi.

  • cecilm-pro
    1/19/2016 - 03:27 p.m.

    I think Han solo is referred to as a scoundrel because, cynical
    and not that smart.

  • rydertweet-bak
    1/19/2016 - 07:48 p.m.

    Han is referred as a scoundrel because he doesn't believe in the force until "Return of the jedi".

  • ethanw-fel
    1/29/2016 - 02:10 p.m.

    Han Solo is referred to as a scoundrel because he is best at keeping secrets about star wars.

  • victoriae-fel
    1/29/2016 - 02:10 p.m.

    Han Solo is referred as a "scoundrel" because he is reckless.

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