Friday, January 06, 2017

Geeking out

After the huge success of the first Star Wars spinoff film, Rogue One, the internet is abuzz with speculation about the plot of the Han Solo spinoff, which is due for release in 2018.

All that is known is that it will be a Han Solo origin story, and it is also possible that it will be a trilogy rather than a stand alone movie. Lead actor, Alden Ehrenreich is reportedly contracted for three movies. There definitely is ample scope for compelling stories to be told across multiple films.

It could explore Solo's friendship with Lando Calrissian, who will be played by Donald Glover, and how he won the Millennium Falcon from him in a game of chance, or his association with Jabba the Hutt.

No doubt fans are also itching to see how he met Chewbacca, and rescued him from slavery, events that have been written about in Star Wars spinoff books. The pair formed a lifelong friendship that ended when Solo was killed in The Force Awakens.

These stories are probably too big to be told in one movie. I'm sure it has never occurred to Disney, parent company of Lucasfilm, that it will be more lucrative to make three movies rather than one.


Bill said...

It's good that this story is being kept alive, and expanded. I saw the first Star Wars film when I was 16, in the summer of 1977. I'd just gotten my drivers licence.

Fast forward, years later, I took my young son and his friends to see the "prequels" as they were released.

A couple of weeks ago I went to see Rouge One. It was the first time I'd been in a movie theater since going to see the one that came out last year.

I'm looking forward to the return of Luke Skywalker this year.

Fascinating that this series of films can span and keep the interest of generations. They take me back not only to my own teenage and college years, but also to my son's childhood. And now they're carrying me on toward senior citizen status. :)

Ross said...

I didn't get to see the first Star Wars film until 1982. My brother and I were eight years old. We've seen every Star Wars film together ever since.

I have friends with kids whom they've passed on their love of Star Wars to.

The Last Jedi sounds like a cool and intriguing title for Episode 8. Do you agree?