A Han Solo prequel movie is in the works, and now the project finally has its directors!
Disney announced earlier today that the latest addition to the Star Wars anthology will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord.
Chances are if you’re unfamiliar with their names, you won’t be unfamiliar with their work: these are the guys that brought us The LEGO Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street.
Miller and Lord shared this joint comment in the official press release:
“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”
The story will focus on a young Han Solo and will reveal just how he became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel that we first met in the cantina at Mos Eisley.
The screenplay will be written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son, Jon Kasdan.
Lawrence Kasdan is known best for writing Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, and Grand Canyon. He has experience with the Star Wars universe as well, having co-written the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens.
Jon Kasdan wrote and directed The First Time, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and In the Land of Women. He also was involved in the writing process for Freaks and Geeks and Dawson’s Creek.
There is no word yet on who will be cast as the young Solo, but it seems that the internet has already decided on an actor suitable to play Solo, and he comes with some galactic experience:
I’ll bet you dollars to Dunk-a-Roos they’ve considered casting Chris Pratt as Han Solo.
— Jon E. Christianson (@HonestlyJon) July 7, 2015
plot twist: chris pratt plays both han solo and indiana jones — bailey (@clairdearing) July 7, 2015
This is a rather obvious choice considering Pratt’s physical resemblance to Ford in his youth (not to mention how similar their screen personas are), but as awesome as this choice would be, it’s quite unlikely.
After all, Pratt is already Star Lord! He can’t monopolize all of the galaxies, far far away or not.
We probably won’t know who will be playing Solo for quite a while, as the untitled film is currently slated for a 2018 release.
Who do you think should play young Han Solo? Let us know in the comments below!