Ever since the announcement that Han Solo would get his own Star Wars Anthology film, fans have been wondering where the film would fall in the Star Wars timeline.
Would it be between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back? After Return of the Jedi? Before?
Thanks to writer Lawrence Kasdan, who has long worked on the Star Wars franchise, we now know we will be meeting a young Han Solo, roughly 10 years before the events A New Hope.
"[The film] will not be, 'Here's where he was born and this is how he was raised.'" Kasdan says (via Comicbookmovie.com). "I think what it will be is what was he like 10 years earlier [than A New Hope] — maybe a little earlier, you'll get a glimpse. But Kurosawa once said the heroes are the ones that are still changing and the villains are locked and petrified into what they are, and Harrison embodies in Force Awakens someone who is still not settled on who he is."
It has been reported that Disney is currently testing around 2,500 actors from the ages 16 to 31 to fill in Harrison Ford's massive shoes for the role. As for any other details pertaining to the film, it's a little too early to know anything too concrete. Might the movie tell of Han's now famous Kessel run? Or how the smuggler became lifelong friends with the Wookie Chewbacca?
Since the Expanded Universe stories that did fill in those gaps are no longer canon, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, along with writers Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, have a blank slate to tell new stories.
The Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film is set to be released on May 25, 2018. For a list of every Star Wars movie in the works from now until 2020, click here.