We Now Know How Old Han Solo Will be in His Star Wars: Anthology Movie

Friday, 14 August 2015 - 12:00PM
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Friday, 14 August 2015 - 12:00PM
We Now Know How Old Han Solo Will be in His Star Wars: Anthology Movie
The Star Wars world was divided last month when, out of the blue, LucasFilm announced that the second Star Wars: Anthology movie would focus on a Young Han Solo. Many felt that exploring one of Star Wars's most-adored characters without Harrison Ford was sacrilege, while others felt the prospect of finally getting some backstory into this loveable rogue was a dream come true.

While details about the movie are still fairly limited, we do know that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will direct it with a release date slated for May 2018. Now, LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy has spoken with EW to discuss the latest Star Wars movie event and reveal details on everything from Han Solo's rough age in the movie to the areas of his life that will be explored.

So, just how young will the young Han Solo be in the movie? For those who worried it could end up feeling too much like a kid's movie, Kathleen Kennedy is here to put your mind at ease.

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He'll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s. We're not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.
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It's certainly reassuring to know that young Han will be old enough to explore more adult themes, but Kennedy didn't sound particularly certain on the exact age. Anyway, let's just say we're gunning for a 20 year old Han. That would rule out a lot of the people being mentioned in various dream Han Solo casting scenarios, but it would at least give us a chance to see what happened in Han's fledgling career as the Galaxy's greatest rogue.

But with the old Expanded Universe being thrown out of the window, the potential for what these early years could like like is almost infinite. Already we've seen the new Marvel comics tapping into that potential, revealing in Star Wars #6 that Han has a wife, but Kennedy says they don't want to get bogged down in backstory, instead opting to focus on more events-driven stories.

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And obviously the thing that Star Wars has always done so well is it doesn't spend a lot of time [explaining] the stories that have come before. We don't want to do that either. We don't want to spend time going back and answering a lot of questions that, quite frankly, I don't think people want answered.
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Hopefully more action means we'll get to see early versions of the other characters we tend to associate with Han, such as Chewie and Lando, both of whom happen to have their own Marvel comic series.

Finally, Kennedy gave an update on the progress of the troubled third Anthology movie, which the now-legendary Josh Trank was set to direct. Trank has since stepped down from that after rumored clashes with producer Simon Kinberg, and EW claims that their sources believed a teaser for that movie was scheduled to be shown at Star Wars Celebration, but Trank was a no show for what are now very obvious reasons. But Kennedy says that movie has now been pushed back, giving everyone involved a chance to gain some clarity on the situation.

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It's still one of the stories that we absolutely want to tell. There is a lot of innovative technology in and around what it is we're doing with that story, so for a lot of reasons, we were comfortable postponing that. But we're definitely still developing it.
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