The writers of Solo: A Star Wars Story have spoken about if audiences need a Han Solo movie.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is now only a week away from hitting cinemas, with audiences finally being able to see the much discussed and debated film for themselves.
Some people have wondered why there is a need for a movie about Han Solo, especially over other characters in the universe, and while writers of the movie, Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, have admitted there isn’t necessarily a need for the film, they wanted to deliver a fun heist adventure that fans could enjoy.
“I’m mystified by that one question. I feel I can answer almost any other question. But, ‘Why do we need…?’ I feel that you can say that about any movie that was ever made,” Lawrence told Inside the Magic. “You find out more than you knew before. Godfather [Part] II was not necessary, but I’m so glad that Francis [Ford Coppola] made it. I wanted to know more about that.”
Jon expressed a similar sentiment, saying that while “we don’t” need Solo, that doesn’t mean the film shouldn’t exist: “I think we need it almost exactly as much as we needed Iron Man 2… or 3. For that matter, Batman Begins. I mean, I am a huge fan of the [Christopher] Nolan Batman cycle, but let’s be honest, there had been five Batman movies. And never in any of the Batman movies, even as they continue, has there been any danger that he was going to die. So the handicaps on this movie that I think have caused people to ask that question are a little baffling, simply because it’s such a hallmark of the culture now to revisit characters we adore.”
The Kasdans certainly have a point. If audiences are going to ask this question of Solo, they also need to ask it of the vast majority of modern-day blockbusters, particularly on the sequel and reboot front. If people enjoy the films being made, that surely warrants their creation.
A 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 features Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Tobias Beckett, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) as L3-37, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Qi’Ra, Thandie Newton (Westworld) as Val, Ian Kenny (Sing Street) as Rebolt, Harley Durst (Wonder Woman) as Moloch, Jon Favreau (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as Rio Durant, Tien Hoang (Now You See Me 2) as Moloch’s henchman, Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War) as Dryden Vos and Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi) in an as-yet-unrevealed role.