Writer Lawrence Kasdan reveals when Han Solo standalone movie takes place

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Jan 7, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

Star Wars fans will be getting the Han Solo standalone on May 25, 2018. That’s a whole lot of time to speculate about the plot, the title and who will fill Harrison Ford’s nerf-herding shoes. But thanks to screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, we now know a bit more about the adventures of Han Solo.

According to IndieWire, Lawrence Kasdan and Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J. J. Abrams had a half-hour talk after a Directors Guild of America screening, which you can see in whole, below. There he said that we’ll be seeing Han as a young man ...

It will not be, “Here’s where he was born and this is how he was raised.” I think what it will be is what was he like 10 years earlier—maybe a little earlier, you’ll get a glimpse. But Kurosawa once said the heroes are the ones that are still changing and the villains are locked and petrified into what they are, and Harrison embodies in Force Awakens someone who is still not settled on who he is.

That is, if “ten years earlier” refers to ten years before the events of Star Wars, which is frankly more likely than ten years before the events of The Force Awakens

Kasdan, who co-wrote the screenplays for both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, was initially reluctant to return to the Star Wars universe. However, when offered an opportunity to work on the standalone Star Wars “anthology” movies, he was much more interested. “And the one that caught my attention was a young Han Solo, because that’s my favorite character,” said Kasdan.


Now that Han is dead, killed by his son, the former Ben Solo, the Han standalone movie is our only opportunity to see the return of the smuggler on the big screen. Fans of the scruffy looking smuggler than only look to the (now non-canon) Han Solo novels, The Han Solo Trilogy by A.C. Crispin, The Han Solo Adventures by Brian Daley, as well as other novels and comic books. 

So what do you want to see in the Han Solo film? More smuggling? More scoundrel-ry? A bit of nerf herding? Let us know in the comments.

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