In an interview with IGN at the Television Critics Association Chris Miller, the co-director of the upcoming standalone Star Wars Anthology film about a young Han Solo, refers to everyone’s favorite scoundrel as “…one of the best characters ever created.”
Chris Miller is co-directing this eagerly anticipated film with his partner-in-crime Phil Lord. The duo also directed the massively popular films “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jumpstreet.” Miller had this to say to IGN’s Eric Goldman about making a film focused on one of cinema’s most beloved characters:
IGN: But when you’re approaching something that iconic and a character that iconic, do you want to be reverent… or do you not want to be too reverent?
Miller: Oh man, that’s our big challenge, right? It’s a huge pressure. We always try and find something that’s gonna make us… give a fire to our bellies and do a really good job. And this feels like there’s a lot of pressure to not screw this up. So we’ve definitely got that motivation and then the rest of it is about trying to give audiences a fresh experience that doesn’t feel like you’re just trying to check off some checklist of beats that you’re expecting and make something that feels new and exciting for people, but at the same time honoring what was so great about that character.
Miller then had this to say about why Solo is “perfect.”
IGN: What is it about Han Solo that you think has made him so beloved?
Miller: I could talk to you for a day about why he is the perfect blend of rogue-ish cowboy… Morally ambiguous, but has a clear moral compass. He’s funny, he’s off the cuff… When I was a kid on the playground, fights were about who got to play Han Solo. He’s just one of the best characters ever created.
As a child of the 70’s and 80’s I have clear recollections of Han Solo being everyone’s favorite. Even my sister had his picture on the wall but I think she had different motivations.
The Han Solo standalone Star Wars film will have a May 2018 release date. It will be directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord and is being written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens) and his son Jake Kasdan.
For the full interview, please visit IGN.