How Treasure Island, The Big Lebowski, and Heat influenced Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Join me, boy, and together we will rule the galaxy.

This isn’t really precisely the deal Lawrence Kasdan made to his boy Jon, however close enough.

The upcoming stand-alone movie Solo: A Star Wars Story was composed by the veteran scribe of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens— however this time his writer-director boy joined him for the trip.

Jon Kasdan composed and directed the 2012 coming-of-age romance The First Time(it’s presently up on Netflix) and the 2007 funny In the Land of Women, and he penned episodes of Dawson’s Creek and Freaks and Geeks

He did not need the tough sell that Darth Vader offered Luke Skywalker.

Even prior to Lucasfilm was offered to Disney in 2012, introducing a renaissance of stellar storytelling, Lawrence Kasdan had actually signed on to create a Han Solo-centric motion picture. He was brought aboard Episode VII, and that ended up being intense.

“When I was done, I was sort of burned out. And I said, ‘I don’t know, do we still want to do this Han thing?’” Lawrence states. “And they said, ‘Yeah! We really want you to go ahead with Han.’ And I said, ‘Well, my son, Jon, is very enthusiastic and full of ideas about the saga.’ And he had directed two movies and had done other things. ‘What if he came on and worked with me? Because, that would give me a shot in the arm.’ And so, that’s exactly what happened. They made a deal with Jon, and he and I have been writing since for three years.”

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In some methods, Jon states he has actually been comprising Star Wars stories since he was a young boy gathering action figures. “Yes, we had ’em all, and we played with ’em a lot,” he states.

“When I was a little kid, George was still in the habit — this was the coolest thing ever — George would send a box of toys at Christmas, and it was absolutely the highlight of Christmas. We were fanatical about it. And we had no interest in presents from our parents,” Jon includes. “It was simply, ‘What was gonna come from Lucasfilm?’ And it was constantly a rating. The years advanced into, like, ’89 [The gifts] began to be things like sweatshirts and umbrellas. It was a genuine dark minute in the Kasdan home when we understood the toys were not coming.”

Now, the toys are life-sized, and they’re taking the type of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and brand-new characters to the canon such as Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ ra, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s L3-37, and Woody Harrelson’s coach criminal Tobias Beckett.

Before composing, dad and boy discussed the type of stories they both love, films and books that may supply some type of plan for where they wished to take Han Solo.

Just as Lucas was affected by Flash Gordon serials and other precious area legends from his youth, the Kasdans had some preferred stories that they relied on for motivation.


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This picture is from the 1950 Disney motion picture starring Robert Newton as the pirate and Bobby Driscoll (likewise the voice of Peter Pan) as young Jim Hawkins. The Kasdans really went back even further, to the 1882 unique, for motivation.

“One of the things that Larry and I talked about right at the beginning of where we started working together on this was what kind of stories we wanted to riff off,” Jon states. “One we right away go over was Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island due to the fact that we desired it to be a young boy’s experience story, however one where he comes across characters of suspicious intent, which everybody he would come across would arrange of notify his maturation as a grownup.”

In Solo, Tobias Beckett is a kind of Long John Silver character, a long time hooligan who is searching for a last huge rating and relying on a young Jim Hawkins type to assist make it take place. “We were talking a lot about Long John Silver and his relationship with the kid in Treasure Island,” Jon states.


Michael Mann’s 1995 break-in legend likewise offered underworld motivation.

” We discussed the relationship in between Val Kilmer and Robert De Niro in Heat, where there’s a sort of older, smarter criminal, and after that somebody who’s discovering the ropes from them. We desired this motion picture to have that taste which swagger.”

“No one is reliable,” Lawrence Kasdan states. “There’s always a chance of betrayal. And, I wanted to take what is essentially a street smart, but very innocent, young man, and figure out how could we start him on the journey to being the character who comes into the cantina?”


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Clint Eastwood’s 1992 revisionist Western was another gunslinger/apprentice story that struck a nerve.

” There’s a sensation in Unforgiven in between the kid and Clint that strikes the type of [apprentice/gunslinger] relationship we had an interest in,” Jon states, including that the Oscar-winning movie “is obviously a much darker movie than [Solo] is.”

But dark or light, it’s about a young man being led astray– years prior to he is lastly led back to the ideal side of the battle.

“How did he become that Bogart character who has to pronounce that he’s only in it for himself?” Lawrence states. “We know that’s not true. But where did that come in? He wasn’t born that way.”


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Think of Han as the Dude, stumbling through a movie noir he does not totally comprehend, and Chewie as his roaring Walter Sobchak.

“Larry and I are both huge Coen brothers fans, and we talk a lot about that [relationship] as a reference,” Jon states, including that they likewise relied on the much more major Coen siblings drama Miller’s Crossing

“[We were] trying to create a crime movie where our character was entering a crime world where there were already dramas in place and relationships and complications, and we have to see him negotiate a lot more rivalries than he is expecting at the beginning of the story,” Jon states.

“[Solo] has that flavor of a crime world that has weirdness and surprise and people stumbling into things — and other people very intentionally getting into [trouble],” he includes. ” Since Solo has a more off-kilter tone than you’ve ever seen in [ The Big Lebowski is an excellent example Star Wars]”


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In this 2000 British drama from director Paul McGuigan, Paul Bettany plays an ultra smooth lawbreaker. His efficiency influenced his Solo character of Dryden Vos, a slick, good-looking variation of criminal offense lord Jabba the Hutt.

Vos was initially played by Michael K. Williams, who played the charming however likewise deadly criminal offense lord Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire He wasn’t readily available for prolonged shoots when Ron Howard took over directing tasks in the middle of the clash in between Lucasfilm and initial Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

So the part wound up going to Bettany, who dealt with Howard on The Da Vinci Code and A Beautiful Mind The star who influenced the character eventually wound up playing the part.

Gangster No. 1 is a wild motion picture and Paul is excellent in it,” states Jon. “It’s a combination of class and swagger and real danger, which I think is a fun thing, and he absolutely inhabits it.”

While Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett is having a hard time to discover a huge rating, Vos is currently safe in his status as an employer.

“He’s way deeper in the world than anyone else that we meet in the movie, but again, Woody’s character is a career criminal, too,” Jon states. “They’re simply in somewhat various locations, similar to a film like Layer Cake, where you see a [Michael Gambon]- kind of character who’s a little bit advanced. Within the criminal underworld, there’s no hierarchy. There are some that are in power, and there’s some that are rushing to survive.”

Solo: A Star Wars Story opens May 25.

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