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Wes Anderson Thinks He Could Make a Film About Han Solo’s Past

Wes Anderson is a self-professed Star Wars fan, but don’t expect him to be clamoring to direct the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. He’s never made a big action movie, and he says in a new interview that he thinks that would be the biggest drawback to him getting to helm the new Star Wars film.

“Well I have a feeling I would probably ultimately get replaced on the film because I don’t know if I have all the right action chops. But at least I know the characters from the old films,” he told Deadline.

While he might not want to tackle a big blockbuster, Anderson does think he could make an intimate story about one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars canon: Han Solo.

“I don’t think I would do a terrible job at a Han Solo backstory,” he admitted. “I could do that pretty well. But maybe that would be better as a short.”

Now that we would pay to see. Star Wars: Episode VII still doesn’t have a director, but it is being written by Michael Arndt. The film is due out in 2015.


  • ChrisIII

    Funny thing is, in one of the ROTS drafts Han was going to make an appearence on Kashykk with Chewbacca and it’s revealed he was raised by Chewie’s family or something like that….

    The Expanded Universe story (Based on some of Lucas’s notes) is mainly told in AC Crispin’s novels, which have Han having a short stint as an Imperial officer and pilot before learning the smuggler’s trade, as well as his first adventures with Chewbacca and Lando, as well as early encounters with Boba Fett.

    There’s also the early Han Solo novels from the 80s by the late Brian Daley which were quite good.

  • John Small

    Han Solo’s back story is already out there. Unless Anderson is planning on adapting the trilogy by A.C. Crispin, it’s already been done.

  • Lee Maidment

    Terrible idea, younger fans really aren’t too interested in deep plots, older fans are already sick of the massacre that has been the prequels, clones wars (2003 animated), and The Clone Wars (currently airing). Plus we all (I think) can agree, it would be very hard to find an actor to replace Harrison Ford, that isn’t going to end with fan backlash. 

  • Ben

    I’ll admit, I haven’t read the Han Solo trilogy in YEARS, but I wouldn’t mind seeing in film. I do have the “who is Han Solo OTHER than Harrison Ford?” reservation, but in terms of whether I’d be interested in the story or not, I’d be down. I remember those novels being really good.

  • Will M.

    Ha, I love how all the comments on this article are coming from the angle of addressing the practical realities of a “Han Solo backstory movie”.. not that they aren’t good points, but hey, it’s a “Han Solo backstory movie directed by Wes Anderson,” probably zero chance of that ever happening anyway. It is fun to imagine though.. the Wes Anderson aesthetic applied to space fantasy in general sounds cool, but to imagine that aesthetic adapted to work with the general look and tone of the original trilogy (able to be whimsical in the way the original trilogy was that we often take for granted, but not overly precious or quirky as Anderson can be?)… that sounds kind of amazing. I’d actually really love to see that.. theoretically.

  • Zor-El of Argo

     I would be good with Nathan Fillon as a young Han Solo, if he can get the time off from Castle.

  • ChrisIII

    Yeah, but Disney is already set on ignoring EU continuity it seems, just like Clone Wars (The CGI version) overwrote a lot of Dark Horse and Del Rey’s Clone Wars stuff.

  • ChrisIII

    One thing I’d like to see with the Disney films is for a character that fits the Han Solo template (Although Harrison’s return is rumored, it’s not yet set in stone). This is mainly what the prequels lacked. It seems that a lot of the characters were either Jedi, Sith or politicians. Heck, they even turned Jar-Jar into one.

  • Reth Sogen

    Nathan Fillon as a young Han Solo?  Nathan Fillon is 41 now.  Harrison Ford was 35 when Star Wars Episode IV was made.  Nathan Fillon would be a good candidate to play Han Solo in a movie set a few years after Return of the Jedi, though.

  • LightningBug

    As fun as it is to imagine a Wes Anderson Star Wars film of any kind, this is better to remain just a fantasy. But, if Wes wanted to do a little Sci-Fi, I bet he could knock a “Saga” film adaptation out of the park.

  • Panji

    This is Star Wars we’re talking about here, not to mention being Han Solo.
    Fillion would probably quit Castle if he had to in order to play the role.