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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Going for a standalone Han Solo flick was a ballsy move from Lucasfilm. Understandably, it seems like the go-to move if the studio wants to guarantee its investment — Han Solo is one of the most beloved film characters of all-time, so having him in a standalone film is bound to make some serious coin. On the flip side, however, it’s almost as if they’ve painted themselves into a corner. In creating a film that revolves around a young Han Solo, they’re asking audiences to take a huge leap of faith and “forget” the memorable performance that Harrison Ford gave in four separate STAR WARS flicks (three of which take place around the same time period as the Han Solo film is likely to take place). 

They have since cast Alden Ehrenreich as the iconic Han Solo, and while this is great casting, there’s still the hump to overcome that audiences will  only be thinking of Harrison Ford when initially seeing Ehrenreich on screen. In order to help audiences overcome this, they’d need to make sure Ehrenreich give an amazing performance, and they’d have to have a killer screenplay to go with it. 

According to a recent report, the latter may very well be the case. Making Star Wars has reported that STAR WARS concept artist Iain McCaig — who has worked on all the prequels and THE FORCE AWAKENS — said the following regarding the Han Solo script during a recent conference:

“[The Han Solo movie] has by far the best STAR WARS script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read. I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You’re in for a treat.”

I suppose this shouldn’t be a huge surprise. This script does boast Lawrence Kasdan (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE FORCE AWAKENS), who is considered one of the franchise’s strongest writers. Joining him is his son Jon Kasdan, who has mostly made his way as an actor in Hollywood. However, at the end of the day, the film’s directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (22 JUMP STREET, THE LEGO MOVIE) also had a final hand in polishing the script, so it was almost guaranteed to be great, right? We certainly hope so.

Fingers crossed that the Han Solo film will make me forget Harrison Ford ever portrayed a young Han Solo.

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SOURCE: Making Star Wars

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.