Given that it’s a Star Wars movie, you’d have thought that Solo would draw its influence from other Star Wars movies.
But, while it undoubtedly will, it turns out the upcoming spin-off takes inspiration from a more eclectic range of movies than you might expect – and we’re not just talking action flicks here.
Case in point: the Dude’s relationship with Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski, which co-writer Jon Kasdan said influenced Han’s relationship with Chewbacca.
“[Father Lawrence Kasdan] and I are both huge Coen brothers fans, and we talk a lot about that [relationship] as a reference,” Jon told Entertainment Weekly.
“[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.
“[Solo] has that flavour of a crime world that has weirdness and surprise and people stumbling into things — and other people very intentionally getting into [trouble]. The Big Lebowski is a great example because Solo has a more off-kilter tone than you’ve ever seen in [Star Wars].”
Another big reference point was 1995 heist drama Heat, with Jon explaining: “We talked about the relationship between Val Kilmer and Robert De Niro in Heat, where there’s a sort of older, wiser criminal, and then someone who’s learning the ropes from them.”
Other influences included Clint Eastwood’s 1992 Oscar-winner Unforgiven, the 2000 Paul Bettany-starring British drama Gangster No. 1, and Treasure Island (the book, that is).
“One we immediately reread was Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island because we wanted it to be a boy’s adventure story, but one in which he encounters characters of dubious intent, and that everyone he would encounter would sort of inform his maturation as an adult,” Jon added.
Well, however it turns out, it looks like Solo is going to be a lot different to what we’ve come to expect from a Star Wars movie.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will be released in the UK and the US on May 25.
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