Everything you wanted to know about Han Solo
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 isn't afraid to play favorites. For him, Han Solo is it.
 
He didn't create the scruffy-looking smuggler. He hadn't even heard the lore 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."
 
In fact, it was the character of Han that made him consider coming back to the world of "Star Wars" in the first place. When 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, Kasdan wasn't certain he wanted to rejoin the franchise.
 
Yet for Kasdan, 66, a four-time Oscar nominee who wrote "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and wrote and directed "The Big Chill," ''The Accidental Tourist" and "Grand Canyon," 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 and a number of spin-offs, including 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" - 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."
 
While the specifics of what exactly "The Force Awakens" is about are being treated like state secrets, fans have been able to gather a few things from the trailers and promos. In the over 30 years since the events of "Return of the Jedi", Han Solo, for one, has changed his tune about the force, which he once dismissed 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 portrayal of Han is why Kasdan understands clearly how difficult 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 of like, 'Dad, do you know what you're talking about?'" Kasdan laughed. "But 'Star Wars' is all about that, fathers and sons."
 
After the Han film comes out in 2018, Kasdan said he will really be leaving "Star Wars" behind this time.
 
"That's enough," he said with Han Solo certainty. "I'm done."

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COMMENTS (101)
  • tylerh-jac
    12/18/2015 - 01:48 p.m.

    Han Solo is a great character in the Star Wars series. I am happy that he will be in the new film; The force awakens. I am only sad that it does not follow the original story line. Han Solo will be an awesome addition though!

  • kevino-jac
    12/18/2015 - 01:49 p.m.

    I agree with noahm-jac. Han solo is one of the "Star Wars" classic characters. It would also take a long time to make a movie about Han Solo a younger Han Solo.

  • dylanc2-jac
    12/18/2015 - 01:52 p.m.

    I strongly agree with noahm-ja Han Solo is one of the best characters in the Star Wars movies. I too believe that many people looked up to him. Also it sounds pretty hard to make a younger Han Solo movie.

  • dylanb1-jac
    12/18/2015 - 04:15 p.m.

    Han Solo is a really good character in Star Wars. Harrison Ford also did great acting during the action scenes in the movies. I don't know about a younger Han though because it would take a while to make a movie like that and we are all used to the normal Han Solo.

  • ryanw1-jac
    12/18/2015 - 05:07 p.m.

    Han Solo is one of the most important characters. I say this because he helped obi-wan kenobi and Luke skywalker on the millennium falcon. He also luke blow up the Death Star.

  • josephh2-jac
    12/18/2015 - 05:17 p.m.

    Since the new Star Wars movie just came out, I think the idea of Han Solo being older is a good idea. What I don't think is bad is calling Han Solo a "scoundrel". Since I am a Star wars fan, that is just bogus.

  • aydens1-jac
    12/18/2015 - 05:56 p.m.

    Han Solo is One of the biggest "Star Wars" characters of all time and I think This article gives us a more inside look of the smuggler we know as Han Solo. Harrison Ford is a know actor doing the "Indiana Jones" and directing some other movies as well and this helps us cling more to the "Star Wars" Harrison Ford. This is my Thinking of this article.

  • ariang-jac
    12/18/2015 - 05:57 p.m.

    I think that this is pretty cool. He has some thing funny in his star wars name and Solo is the part of it because he always goes solo. Han Solo is also a really cool character because he gets to fly the little ship they have.

  • seans-2-bar
    12/18/2015 - 07:44 p.m.

    Han Solo in the early part of the Star Wars franchise was a smuggler, very sarcastic and egotistic. I believe that a recurring theme in Star Wars is how Han matures throughout the films. In A New Hope Han only agrees to help rescue Leia after he hears she is rich. Later in the film Han Solo returns out of sympathy for Luke and joins the rebels. Even so Han retains his sleazy attitude for the rest of his life. (spoiler alert!) When Han and Leia's son Kylo Ren kills Han in the Force Awakens I knew that wouldn't be the end of him, as most movies don't kill off their main characters. I am surprised that they may do another "solo" movie about Han but he is a beloved character. This article interested me because I had just seen the Force Awakens on the 17th and was wowed by Han's apparent death.

  • wittkjad000-hay
    12/21/2015 - 11:22 a.m.

    Han Solo is referred to as a "Scoundrel" because he is not afraid to take risks. He is brave and confident. He is one of the good characters in The Star Wars Movies, especially in, "A New Hope". I agree, It will take a long time to make a movie about a younger Han Solo.

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