To celebrate the digital release of Solo: A Star Wars Story today, co-screenwriter, Jonathan Kasdan, tweeted about 53 fun facts about the making of the movie. And like us, he really wanted that deleted scene of Han's pilot career with the Empire to make the final cut.
There's plenty to unpack, like the fact that it was Lawrence Kasdan's idea to give Han (Alden Ehrenreich) a "Dickensian" childhood on the naked streets of Corellia before anyone (including Jonathan) became attached to the project. Lawrence, Jonathan's father, is known for penning The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Having co-written the script for Solo, he disagreed with the improvisational style of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired and replaced by Ron Howard.
Speaking of Lord and Miller (they ended up as executive producers), Jonathan revealed their ideas that made it into the finished film. For example, they thought up the Empire's punishment of throwing deserters into the Mimban mud pit with Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo). They also had the bright ideas for Han knowledge of Shyriiwook (the language of the Wookies) and Lando's cape closet on the Millenium Falcon.
Check out all 53 tidbits in the tweets below:
Kasdan also touched on the possibility for a sequel, writing that the dissapointment at the foreign box office could mean no follow-up movies.
"Personally, I think there are great Star Wars movies to be made that don't need to cost quite so much. Hopefully, that will be the trend in the years to come, and maybe, just maybe, that trend will allow us, one way or another to tell more stories with Alden, Joonas, Emilia, and Donald. With those actors and [Ron Howard], I would jump at the oppurtunity. Given the way Hollywood, and the culture at large, seem to run from anything labeled a disappointment, the odds seem like they're against it happening anytime soon. But, I suppose, Han wouldn't have it any other way."
Solo: A Star Wars Story can now be purchased digitally and will become available on DVD/Blu-Ray on Thursday, Sep. 25.