Solo's Most Controversial Scene Is What Sold Disney on the Film


Solo: A Star Wars Story offers a telling of the iconic scoundrel that will undoubtedly leave fans of the franchise divided in at least one regard: its explanation of the origin of the character's surname. However, that very seen is what led Disney to approve the spinoff.

While a Han Solo origin film had been planned by Lucasfilm before its 2012 acquisition by Disney, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan wasn't brought on to the project until three weeks before the deal was finalized. The veteran Star Wars screenwriter was asked by incoming Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy to give a quick pitch of the project to Disney executives Bob Iger and Alan Horn when they visited Skywalker Ranch.

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"My presentation was, [Han] comes to an immigration spot and someone asks, 'What's your name?' It's not just that he doesn't have a name, which tells you a lot about his history," Kasdan explained during a recent press event. "He says 'I have no people.' That to me is so forlorn and so isolating and rife, and the guy fills in his name. Bob Iger said 'All right, I'm in.' That was it. That was the moment. He reacted to it the way I reacted to it, which was, it's very moving. This was a guy who has nothing. Someone plants a name on him. He doesn't even know the guy. It sticks for the rest of the saga."

The scene, which has drawn ridicule from fans since the film's premiere on Friday, emerges largely intact from Kasdan's pitch, only in the film Han is given his last name by a dismissive recruiter for the Imperial military.

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In theaters now, director Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett.

(via Cinema Blend)

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