Solo: A Star Wars Story screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Jonathan Kasdan had the challenging opportunity to put together the script that tells the story of some of Han Solo’s earlier adventures before we meet him in Star Wars: A New Hope.
As one of the most beloved characters in cinematic history, audiences from multiple generations have a certain idea about who Han truly is. Han’s characterization is so widely-discussed, that one of the most infamous alterations in the Special Editions of the original trilogy involved whether or not he shot Greedo first in the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope.
In the original theatrical release, Han was the only one to shoot while in the Special Edition, Greedo shoots first as Han retaliates with a fatal blow. The “Han Shot First” debate has been a topic of conversation among Star Wars fans for over 20 years, but both Lawrence Kasdan and Jonathan Kasdan seem to agree with the majority of fans. In an interview with StarWars.com, the father and son screenwriting team were asked about whether or not Han shot first:
Lawrence Kasdan: Of course.
Jonathan Kasdan: We’re not allowed to say, are we? [Laughs]
StarWars.com: The world needs to hear your opinion on this.
Jonathan Kasdan: [Laughs] That’s between George [Lucas] and his god, isn’t it? You mean in Mos Eisley, right?
Lawrence Kasdan: 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.
Jonathan Kasdan: And in the true galaxy I think there is no doubt that he shot first.
Lawrence Kasdan claims that in regards to the topic at hand, he relies on the original theatrical cut of Star Wars: A New Hope, which he claims is the version that made him fall in love with the franchise in the first place.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo along with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. The cast also includes Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, and Ian Kenny. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018.