The Kasdans Talk About Their History With Solo: A Star Wars Story

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The Star Wars saga has always been about family and it looks like there are strong familial bonds between the people behind the scenes of the franchise as well.

Legendary Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was tapped to write the script for Solo: A Star Wars Story even before Disney purchased Lucasfilm, and after experiencing the daunting task of working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he decided to have his son Jon brought in to help him.

Not only is Jon a pretty accomplished filmmaker, but the In the Land of Women director and Freaks and Geeks writer has always been fond of Lucasfilm’s galaxy far, far away.

Lawrence and Jon just recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly, and during the interview, the younger Kasdan revealed his history with Star Wars.

"When I was a little kid, George [Lucas] was still in the habit — this was the coolest thing ever — George would send a box of toys at Christmas, and it was absolutely the highlight of Christmas. We were fanatical about it. And we had no interest in presents from our parents," said Jon. "It was just, 'What was gonna come from Lucasfilm?' And it was always a score. Then the years progressed into, like, '89. [The gifts] started to be things like umbrellas and sweatshirts. It was a real dark moment in the Kasdan house when we realized the toys were no longer coming."

Of course, Jon doesn’t need those toys anymore because now he’s actually working on Star Wars films together with his father. According to the older Kasdan, Jon’s always been very enthusiastic about the saga – a hopeful sign that Star Wars fans are going to see a good story play out in Solo. After all, we all want to see our Star Wars films in the hands of true-blue lovers of Lucasfilm’s galaxy far, far away.

Solo: A Star Wars Story premieres on May 25, 2018.  



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