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Han Solo movie has the best Star Wars script ever, Star Wars insider says

Published Jul 2nd, 2016 9:29AM EDT
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Han Solo is the Star Wars character who got many people hooked to the saga. He’s got some of the best lines in the original trilogy, but also in The Force Awakens, and we all hated seeing him die — which further proves his huge influence on Star Wars movies. Kylo Ren needed to kill Han Solo though, so that we all take him seriously as a villain.

With all that in mind, we have high expectations for the standalone Han Solo story that’s going to hit theaters in 2018. And someone says the Han Solo movie might have the best Star Wars script ever. The only problem with that statement is that it comes from a person who has to say these sorts of things…

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Iain McCaig, a concept artist who worked on Star Wars 1, 2, 3 and 7, appeared at a conference in New Zealand, which is where he talked about Star Wars, among other things.

“[The Han Solo script is ] 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,” McCaig apparently said. That’s a paraphrase from Star Wars News Net’s source, but that sort of statement is still exciting.

There are plenty of questions that come to mind. Did McCaig read all the screenplays for the upcoming Star Wars movies through 2020? Will Episode VIII and IX be less exciting than the Han Solo movie?

Lawrance Kasdan wrote the script for the Han Solo movie before starting work on Episode VII, which is how McCaig may have gotten access to it. It’s not unreasonable to assume that things may have changed since the draft he saw, but McCaig’s opinion is still fascinating.

He revealed that George Lucas pitched Disney a script for Star Wars VII, but it was rejected because it may have been prequel-related. He was not able to confirm or deny whether Lucas’ script had any influence on the Arndt/Kasdan/Abrams script, but he seemed to indicate “the positive,” according to the site.

He also hinted that Rey is a Skywalker of sorts, suggesting he knows something about her backstory. That means he does have some knowledge of what’s going on in the Star Wars universe and has seen stuff mere mortals don’t have access to.

All that being said, we’ve yet to find out any official details about the Han Solo movie, so we can only hope McCaig’s hints pan out.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.