Disney's yearly Star Wars releases are off to a fantastic start with The Force Awakens in 2015 and Rogue One, the first "Star Wars Story," just last Christmas. Though Star Wars: Episode VIII, now known as The Last Jedi, arrives December 15, 2017, the Untitled Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will not be far behind as it is currently slated for May 25, 2018.
The film already has a stellar cast including Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clark, and Woody Harrelson. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing, hot of the 21 Jump St. franchise and The Lego Movie. The script is written by Lawewnce Kasdan and his son, Jon Kasdan, the former known for writing The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and even The Force Awakens. What sounded like a really risky and "groan-worthy" project when it was announced is therefore shaping up nicely and excitement runs high for early adventures of the Galaxy's favorite Smuggler.
Gareth Edwards, the director of Rogue One, was asked by Empire at the Empire Awards 2017 if he thought that his making the first "Star Wars Story" -- aka not a trilogy film -- took any pressure off Lord and Miller:
"No. I don't think you can take the pressure off directing Star Wars. Like in theory, J.J. [Abrams], you can argue J.J. did that for all of us, right? Because it was a big hit. But it just put the pressure on. It's like, oh my god we have to compete with that. So, I think they're amazing filmmakers, I'm very excited at what they do. It will be a completely different film than what we did. No, I think they probably got the hardest task. I think out of all the films I heard about that one is probably the greatest challenge and they're going to knock it out of the park, but I wouldn't have had the balls to do that."
Though Edwards seems thankful Rogue One is done and has been received well by fans and critics, he did also have this to say:
"They've got really good taste. You glimpse things, you try not to as you're going about your business but you see stuff. And everything I saw I was like... I got really jealous about it. And so, yeah, I'm really looking forward to it. It will be great."
Obviously, anyone within the Star Wars machine isn't going to trash talk a future film, even if he felt it was garbage, but as I said, with the talent in place and I'm optimistic it can be done. What's most interesting is the jealousy Edwards says he feels, similar to when J.J. Abrams admitted he wish he'd stuck around to direct The Last Jedi.
If Edwards really is jealous enough to come back to the universe, would you like to see him direct another Star Wars film? Or are you more excited about the prospect of other directors bringing their flavor to the beloved franchise? Let us know in the comments below!
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