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The Films That Inspired Lawrence and Jon Kasdans Script for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Discussion in 'Solo' started by SWNN Probe, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly continues his coverage of Solo: A Star Wars Story with his interview of the film's screenwriters, the iconic Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon. The father-son duo reveal the movies and books that helped influence how they shaped the the story of Han Solo's early life.





    The pair worked on the script for roughly three years after Lawrence completed his work on co-writing The Force Awakens with director J. J. Abrams.

    One of the bigger influences on the writers was Robert Luis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

    Long John Silver's relationship with Jim Hawkins is reflected in the relationship we'll see between Tobias Beckett and a young Han - the older criminal needing a young motivated character to pull off a big job.



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    Michael Mann's 1995 classic Heat was another inspiration.
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    While it is obviously much darker movie than Solo, according to Jon Kasdan, Clint Eastwood's Oscar winning Unforgiven provided another relationship the writers wanted to pull from.
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    Probably the most interesting item on this particular list is the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski, mainly because at face-value it is difficult to imagine 'The Dude' inspiring anything Star Wars related. But with that said, I feel this particular choice says a lot about what we can expect young Han Solo to be and not to be in the new standalone movie.
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    The character of Dryden Vos, a smooth crime boss in Solo, was inspired by the Paul McGuigan crime drama Gangster No.1, specifically the character 'Young Gangster' played by Paul Bettany. While Vos was originally played by Michael K. Williams, Williams was unavailable for Ron Howard's extensive re-shoots, and the role eventually went to the original gangster himself - Paul Bettany.

    Vos is someone who is in a different stage of his criminal career than Woody Harrelson's Beckett. He is more advanced and secure in his position as a crime boss. As Jon Kasdan says:

    This list provides interesting insight, not just into the Kasdans' creative process, but also into the potential tone of the film, where Han is at this point in his life, and ultimately the figurative and literal journey he takes over the course of the film. A heist movie with western undertones set in a gangster underworld in the Star Wars galaxy? They have my attention, and I want to hear and see more!



    You can follow Anthony Breznican on Twitter where he posts his EW articles and Star Wars coverage.



    Solo: A Star Wars Story begins its (Kessel) run in theaters on May 25th, 2018.





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    Nice, all these inspirations seem logical and quite direct (unlike the films that inspired TLJ, where connections weren't that obvious - not that it's a bad thing). Even Lebowski sounds right and interesting in this context.
     
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    The Big Lebowski as an influence? I'm sold!

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    I am fully expecting a major betrayal in Solo. I liked the rumors that said that Qi'Ra would betray Han like Eva Green in Casino Royale but now with the Long John Silver comments I wonder if it'll be Beckett who betrays him. Either way a betrayal is a great way to make Han go from the way he is in the trailer to the cynical shoots first Han from Star Wars.
     
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    sometimes there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there, and that's Han Solo.
     
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    The walking carpet really tied the Falcon together!
     
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    Good news that the script is in safe hands.
     
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    I was expecting a more Artful Dodger/Fagin relationship between Han and Beckett. A Hawkins/Long John dynamic is interesting. I'm curious to see that play out.
     
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    I'm ashamed to admit how few of these movies I've seen.

    Anyway, it is a while until May 25- I've got time to catch up!
     
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