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Lawrence Kasdan confims he’s quitting Star Wars after the standalone Han Solo movie

November 11th, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments

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Lawrence Kasdan has finally decided it’s time to hang up his lightsaber. Speaking to the German tabloid Bild (spotted and translated by THR), he’s revealed that the standalone Han Solo project – the second of the Star Wars Anthology films after Rogue One – will be his final act.

“I have now made four Star Wars movies,” he said, “That’s more than enough.”

The report also claims he was uninterested in the as-yet untitled Han Solo film until his family persuaded him and he agreed to collaborate on it with his son Jon.

Kasdan co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. He had no involvement in the prequels, but was brought back to develop the Anthology series and then lent his vast franchise expertise to helping director J.J. Abrams re-work Michael Arndt’s screenplay for The Force Awakens.

Abrams recently described working with Kasdan as being “like taking an extended masterclass. The only requirement Larry and I imposed on each other was that The Force Awakens be delightful. It was not about explaining everything away, not about introducing a certain number of toys for a corporation, not about trying to appease anyone. This has only ever been about what gets us excited.”

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are set to direct A Star Wars Tale: Han Solo – or whatever it ends up being called – and it’s due in 2018, the year after Star Wars Episode VIII.

Source: THR & Squareeyed

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.