With early reviews looking positive and the box office intake promising for the opening of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the excitement is ramping up -- especially as director Ron Howard and his cast make the press circuit rounds.
At Saturday's Solo press conference, the film's screenwriters, Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan, got fans even more excited, describing their love for the roguish smuggler Harrison Ford first introduced fans to in Star Wars: A New Hope, and how they translated his characteristics to Han Solo's origin story starring Alden Ehrenreich.
"From the moment I was relatively young and I first saw Han Solo in the cantina, I immediately sparked to him. He lifted up the whole movie for me," Lawrence Kasdan said. Kasdan made it clear from the time he saw the cantina scene -- made even more famous in pop culture thanks to the "Han Shot First" debate -- he knew the character was special.
"This is the kind of character I have loved always [...] This is a character who is reckless, cynical, doesn't trust anybody. [Han] is a little bit stupid, I love that [laughs]. He does things he shouldn't do, and gets in over his head. You can see that in the brilliance of George Lucas' cantina scene," he added.
Lawrence's son, Jonathan, also expressed a similar passion for Han, as he spoke about co-writing Solo with his dad, making the younger version appeal to modern audiences.
"I think he wanted me to write it with him because I am all that [Han's traits]," the younger Kasdan said. "He got pulled into [The] Force Awakens and when he came out, he said, 'I need somebody to do this with me and I was sort of the obvious choice for the above reasons.'"
"I came it at from a totally different place, " Jon added, as he described himself as "a fan" and his father as "a Jedi master," with both working assiduously to forge a story that "felt contemporary and true to the spirit of Star Wars."
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, 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. The film opens May 25.