Director Promises Something New For Han Solo
Coming off the success of two Jump Street movies and The LEGO Movie, directing duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord have countless options—and very little time to pursue them. They’ve already been forced to pass on sequels for their recent successes, and bow out of upcoming Ghostbusters and Flash movies. Most Hollywood filmmakers would kill for these high-profile opportunities, but Miller and Lord have pledged their allegiance to two similarly desirable projects: an animated Spider-Man movie and their recently announced Han Solo spin-off.
The latter is especially daunting for the duo, partly because of fan expectations—and partly because of their own connection to the franchise. “It’s a huge pressure,” Miller told IGN. “We always try and find something that’s gonna make us… give a fire to our bellies and do a really good job. And this feels like there’s a lot of pressure to not screw this up. So we’ve definitely got that motivation and then the rest of it is about trying to give audiences a fresh experience that doesn’t feel like you’re just trying to check off some checklist of beats that you’re expecting and make something that feels new and exciting for people, but at the same time honoring what was so great about that character.”
While it’s still way too early for Miller to open up about his vision for the movie, he is happy to share his perspective on Han. “He is the perfect blend of rogue-ish cowboy… morally ambiguous, but has a clear moral compass. He’s funny, he’s off the cuff. When I was a kid on the playground, fights were about who got to play Han Solo. He’s just one of the best characters ever created.”