Star Wars’ Concept Artist Calls the Han Solo Anthology Script the Best He’s Ever Read, and Drops a Huge Hint About Rey’s Parents


When first we heard about the Star Wars anthology films and specifically, that a young Han Solo would feature in his own spin-off movie, I’m not sure how excited any of us were. Realizing that such an undertaking would require a most excellent actor to take on a younger version of one of our favorite smirking swaggerers, and hearing that just about every male thespian between the ages of 18 and 32 were auditioning, most of us steeled ourselves for news they’d picked the wrong guy. But, surprise and hello…with Alden Ehrenreich, they actually chose quite well.


Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) also announced their excitement.

The road to Han continues to be full of good news; speaking at New Zealand’s Art of Industry and Imagination Conference, concept artist Iain McCaig (The Force Awakens, Revenge of the Sith, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers) mentioned that he’d read Lawrence Kasdan’s script for Han Solo (written before TFA), and said (as passed on by an attendee) it’s:

By far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read. I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You’re in for a treat.”

so simple

Whether or not he’s being hyperbolic, who cares? The bottom line is McCaig is very enthusiastic about the script, and that’s more reassuring news for we who were never quite sure about the idea of a Solo origins movie.

Now, for some über-exciting, possibly ***Spoilerish*** Episode VIII news. I will tag it thusly, so if you don’t care to have any thoughts you’ve harbored about Rey’s parents confirmed or denied, you can go merrily on with the rest of your day. But, if you would like to read what Iain McCaig mentioned about that, click on the Spoiler***Please be kind to your fellow readers and don’t discuss this Spoiler in the comments.

Possible Star Wars: Episode VIII Spoilers
“The meat really came at his mention of Rey, and then her mysterious background. He spoke of how Qui-Gon and Shmi had a romantic affair in early-mid drafts of TPM, and how you can still see the remnants of this idea in the final film. He also teased that (paraphrasing) ‘though none of these prequel-related concepts were able to be used outright, these ideas remain in the Lucas ecosystem, and filter through.’ AND, though he spoke thus quietly, he almost certainly then said: ‘…And now we have a new Skywalker.’ To me, this confirms without a shadow of a doubt that Rey is, if not Luke’s daughter, certainly a Skywalker of sorts, and that her backstory will involve a grey Jedi (Luke?) having an affair with a citizen – perhaps with a child born of another virgin mother through the Force.” (E.R. Cina)




Finally, McCaig also related this disturbing and heartening Force Awakens tidbit:

Disney execs were reluctant to include non-Caucasian characters. The new trio were all initially all Caucasian, but it was JJ’s favoring of Boyega that brought about VII’s multi-cultured character set.”

To which I say, FORK YOU, Disney executives, and THANK YOU, J.J. Abrams. John Boyega is a true gift, and we love you for being inclusive and wonderful. We can’t wait to see him again in Episode VIII.


Via/read more at SWNN.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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