“Solo” writers Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan Discuss writing Han and Shooting First

In an in-depth interview on STARWARS.COM, the writers of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” discuss writing Han, the relationship between Han and Chewie, Lando, new characters, and if Han shot first.

I owe much of my love of movies to Lawrence Kasdan. He wrote the final draft of the script for The Empire Strikes Back, and wrote the scripts for Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark. He also co-wrote the final script for The Force Awakens. The man knows Han Solo probably better than even George Lucas at this point. Now,
he’s teamed up with his son Jonathan to write Solo: A Star Wars Story.

In an interview on STARWARS.COM, the Kasdans were asked if Han shot first.  Here’s what Lawrence had to say:

“It’s so clear to me that Han shot first and the only way you could interpret it differently is if you go back to the revised movie. In the original movie it’s very clear.”

Lawrence continued:

“And that is very important to us and has been important since the get-go that Han shot first. It’s no disrespect to anybody, but I’m working from the movie that made me fall in love with Star Wars, which is [the original release of] A New Hope.”

Later in the interview, the Kasdans were asked about Han’s duality. On the surface, he’s in it for himself, but deep-down he’ll do anything for those he cares about. Jonathan Kasdan said:

“It’s the central role. What you’ve done is you’ve sort of beautifully encapsulated the movie we wanted to make, which is it’s about this dichotomy in this guy, between his sort of external attitude, bravado, confidence, and his deep soulfulness and connection to people. And we thought, “Well, this is what works about him in the trilogy.” We’ve seen it, and what’s exciting about this movie is to tackle a whole new set of relationships and one or two of the ones we already know, and see how he was always sort of this guy who was struggling between these two things, between his very big heart and his stubbornness and his attitude.”

In the interview, the Kasdans also discuss a variety of topics,
including:

  • How Solo: A Star Wars Story came to be
  • Han and Chewie’s relationship, and how it might be the strongest in the saga
  • Working together as father and son on a Star Wars movie
  • The recurring theme of family in the Star Wars films
  • The film genres that influenced their writing on Solo

It’s a great in-depth interview. Jump on over to read the full
interview.

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