In a brand new interview as a part of the promotion for the brand new Disney Plus sequence Willow, Jon Kasdan spoke candidly with The Hollywood Reporter about his work on Solo and the place he believes Lucasfilm ought to take potential sequels to the story. Kasdan, who co-wrote the movie along with his father, legendary screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Misplaced Ark, The Empire Strikes Again), has by no means shied away from speaking concerning the movie and the plans they have been making for doable future installments.
First, he revealed his greatest writing downside with Solo, which apparently made him lose some sleep after they have been making the film:
“I’m going to disclose the author’s nightmare proper now. If Dryden Vos [Paul Bettany] is so involved about exposing his gang within the [Kessel] heist, why does he ship his most trusted help [Qi’ra] to be essentially the most seen member of the workforce that steals the coaxium? It appears to me that he’s going to need to kill her virtually instantly simply to separate himself from that job. So it all the time drove me loopy, and it was an issue that I used to be desperate to retcon in a sequel.”
One of many highlights of the film, for him, was the character of Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke). She was a creation of Lawrence Kasdan himself, who was attempting to create a morally ambiguous feminine character in Star Wars. Jon Kasdan mentioned the next about her:
“Earlier than I received concerned and earlier than anybody was concerned, my dad was actually enthusiastic about creating a distinct type of femme fatale within the Star Wars universe, somebody who was sincerely morally ambiguous. Qi’ra had grown up very arduous, she’d had a life that pressured her to turn out to be a survivor, and she or he was going to need to make powerful selections that Han [Alden Ehrenreich] couldn’t fairly make. Even within the ultimate moments of his life, Han was all the time going to be undone by his humanism and his coronary heart, however Qi’ra was on the opposite aspect of the road.
So what I believed Emilia delivered to it splendidly is that she’s not evil or duplicitous. She’s a survivor and she or he’s maneuvering by way of all these completely different highly effective entities to get to the top of the sport. Because the years have passed by and there was extra Star Wars, my enthusiasm for doing extra Solo has waned solely as a result of there’s a lot nice Star Wars on the market proper now. However the factor that I’d like to revisit is the connection between the 2 of them, as a result of there’s a lot enjoyable and complexity to be discovered within the relationship between Han and Qi’ra.”
Lastly, when requested concerning the potential for extra Solo-related tales dwelling on Disney Plus, within the vein of Willow, he admitted that he’s been attracted by the thought of creating a TV particular presentation like Marvel Studios has been doing not too long ago:
I don’t actually know. I’m all the time afraid to ask Kathy as a result of she will see proper by way of me. Regardless of all my resistance, she immediately sees proper by way of me, and she will see my need to inform extra tales there. However in current months, I’ve been intrigued by the great Werewolf by Night time as a possible type of storytelling on Disney+. So I’d like to see Lucasfilm embrace a short-form novella model for telling a few of their tales. That actually looks like a spot the place future tales about these characters might reside.
After all, no Star Wars live-action TV specials have been introduced to date, however it could possibly be an fascinating thought to discover if Disney considers the numbers pulled by Werewolf by Night time and The Guardians of the Galaxy Vacation Particular are ok. All Star Wars live-action content material is now coming to us by way of tv (Andor season 1 has now wrapped, and we’re within the three-month countdown to The Mandalorian season 3 premiere), and because the franchise seems to be to return to the large display — one thing prone to occur in late 2024 or 2025 — a TV live-action particular might work as a bridge between each worlds whereas we wait.
This isn’t the primary time Kasdan has acknowledged the will for extra Solo tales in current weeks, and with Willow now scoring nice opinions throughout the board, maybe Kathleen Kennedy can be keen to offer Alden Ehrenreich one other alternative to play the character.