19 Apr 2018 12:16 PM +00:00 UTC

What’s So Different With Han In Solo: A Star Wars Story

Star Wars fans might have come to know Harrison Ford's Han Solo as the cynical smuggler-turned-Rebellion-member in the original trilogy, but it looks like viewers are going to meet a different version of the scoundrel in Lucasfilm's upcoming spinoff, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Lawrence Kasdan recently spoke with Empire Magazine (via Comic Book Movie) about the new Star Wars standalone movie, and during the interview the legendary Star Wars screen writer talks about writing this younger version of Han.

"I was attracted to the idea of how this guy became the cynical on the outside, tender-hearted on the inside person we see in A New Hope," Kasdan shared. "What creates that outer shell of cynicism and what creates that core?"


Unlike the cautious and skeptical version of the smuggler that we get to meet in A New Hope, Solo's version of Han is more idealistic and bold.

"He's a brash, cocky, young guy," Solo director Ron Howard explained. "And the whole movie is about struggling for freedom, struggling to throw off an institutionalized kind of oppression. It has a young rebellious energy around it."

Though this rebellious zest is definitely going to be exciting to see on the big screen, we expect events in Solo: A Star Wars Story to carve Han out and chip him down to the cynic that he is in the original trilogy. The only question is what events might lead to the death of Han's idealism and hopefulness – the death of Qi'Ra (Emilia Clarke) or the betrayal of a friend. Let's wait and see.

Solo: A Star Wars Story premieres May 25.

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