Lawrence Kasdan Reveals Which Classic Films Inspired ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Solo Star WarsSolo: A Star Wars Story will chronicle the adventures of a young Han and much like the first film in the franchise, the latest standalone film drew inspiration from earlier works. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-writers Lawrence and Jon Kasdan revealed which classic films and books influenced the upcoming Star Wars film.

Likening Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett to the iconic Long John Silver, Jon Kasdan discussed why the screenwriting duo looked to the classic novel Treasure Island:

“One we immediately reread was Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island because we wanted it to be a boy’s adventure story, but one in which he encounters characters of dubious intent, and that everyone he would encounter would sort of inform his maturation as an adult.”

Michael Mann’s Heat and Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven also provided inspiration for the dynamic between young Han and Beckett, according to Lawrence Kasdan:

“We talked about the relationship between Val Kilmer and Robert De Niro in Heat, where there’s a sort of older, wiser criminal, and then someone who’s learning the ropes from them. We wanted this movie to have that flavor and that swagger.”

Jon Kasdan also noted how the film will be “more off-kilter” than previous Star Wars films, comparing Solo to The Big Lebowski:

“[Solo] has that flavor of a crime world that has weirdness and surprise and people stumbling into things — and other people very intentionally getting into [trouble]. The Big Lebowski is a great example because Solo has a more off-kilter tone than you’ve ever seen in [Star Wars].”

On Paul Bettany’s Dryden Vos, Jon noted that the character was inspired by the actor’s role in Gangster No. 1 before Bettany replaced Michael K. Williams in the part:

“He’s way deeper in the world than anyone else that we meet in the movie, but again, Woody’s character is a career criminal, too. They’re just in slightly different places, much like a movie like Layer Cake, where you see a [Michael Gambon]-type of character who’s a little more advanced. Within the criminal underworld, there’s no hierarchy. There are some that are in power, and there’s some that are scrambling to stay alive.”

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Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

Directed by Ron Howard from a script written by Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasdan, the film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany and Ian Kenny.

Solo: A Star Wars Story will be released theaters May 25, 2018.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

5 Things To Look Forward To In ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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Solo A Star Wars StorySolo: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters later this year and will certainly be a departure for the franchise. Similar to Rogue One: A Star Wars StorySolo is going to be a prequel on the adventures of the smuggler originally played by Harrison Ford. Han Solo is one of the most memorable and iconic characters in the franchise whose origins we have yet to see fleshed out beyond knowing he is a smuggler. There’s a lot of fascinating potential here.

This is a film that seemingly isn’t that important for the franchise, but it easily could be. It could do a lot of things for the Star Wars canon and there is a lot to look forward to in this one. While it’s not inherently the most anticipated film in the franchise there are still a lot of things that will be exciting to see unfold on the big screen.

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