StarWars.com has officially confirmed that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will be helming the second ‘Anthology Series’ Star Wars film, slated for May 25, 2018. It will tell the story of “how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.” The two directors are highly skilled, and have recently found critical acclaim with films such as The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and its sequel.
This is huge news for fans. As many are well aware, the acquisition of the Star Wars brand by Disney has heralded not only the highly anticipated sequel trilogy, but also a series of Anthology films. We’ll effectually be receiving a new Star Wars film once per year. After Star Wars: Episode VII, we’ll recieve Star Wars Rogue One on December 16, 2016. The film will take place somewhere between episodes III and IV and will revolve around the Rebels stealing the plans for the first Death Star, and Darth Vader is rumored to show up. After that, we’ll get the next episodic number with Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017. And then we’ll see our favorite “scruffy-looking nerf-herder” in action the following year.
I wouldn’t be surprised if they titled the origin story ‘Solo.’ It just rolls off the tongue.
The directors have expressed their eagerness to tell the tale, stating “this is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”
I really hope we get to see the friendship between Han and Chewie take flight. I also hope we get to see him set eyes upon the Millenium Falcon for the first time. That’ll be something. Of course, one can fear that by diving back into the past it will cheapen the beloved character, similarly to how the prequel trilogy fell flat. Disney has been on their a-game of late, pushing out excellent films on all fronts: Marvel, Pixar, etc. It seems they’re giving a lot of well-needed attention to the characters and the brand, cracking down on a proper canon timeline, so I for one have high hopes that this will at the very least be better than the prequels.
Lawrence Kasdan (known for co-writing the screenplays to The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens) and his son Jon Kasdan will be writing the screenplay for the upcoming film. Lawrence Kasdan will also produce the movie, along with Jason McGatlin and co-producer Will Allegra.