I heard today on BBC.com that Disney is creating or thinking of creating a spin-off film to highlight Han Solo. It’s going to cover the period of time before we met him in Star Wars and I suppose give us some insights into how he became the swash-buckling, quick talking, space pirate we’ve come to idolize.
Frankly, I’m a bit nervous.
It’s not the funding which will surely be impressive. It’s not the writing which includes original Star Wars alumni Lawrence Kasdan. It’s the casting.
Who’s going to play a young Han Solo and will Disney try to capture the tween/teen market by creating a 19 year old Han? I’m still on the fence about the whole thing. One person has pointed out to me that a back story might be nice seeing as how the character seems to jump in from nowhere… but maybe that’s what makes him so loved.
If we got to see Han Solo’s teen angst years and his awkward self conscious rise to the overconfident hero perhaps the mystery would be lost. So, for now I’m going to just sit back and make a list of potential Hans…
1. Peter Quill
2. Jon Snow
3. Peeta Mellark
4. Harry Potter?
…this is gonna take all day!