Perhaps the standalones are reverse engineering the genre in an attempt to fully understand what audiences respond to in the 1977 original.
The Han Solo movie might be in a state of flux, but Woody Harrelson — who plays Beckett, mentor of the young hero — has suggested that, no matter what the finished product looks like, it might be one of the funniest movies from a galaxy far, far away yet.
“He’s a great actor and a great guy, [with a] great sense of humor,” Harrelson said of the new Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich, when talking to ET. “I think a lot of humor comes through what he’s doing. I think it could be one of the funnier Star Wars movies.”
That shouldn’t come as a surprise; Han Solo has always been one of the primary sources for humor in the entire franchise, after all. (What else would you expect from such a charming smuggler?) What makes it potentially unexpected, however, was how humorless the previous Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One, was.
It’s possible — even likely — that the various Star Wars Story projects are reverse engineering the genre mix of the original Star Wars trilogy and emphasizing particular tropes in an attempt to fully understand what it is about the movies that audiences respond to; Rogue One leans heavily on the action, the untitled Han Solo project the humor, leaving a future third movie to focus in on the Force mysticism, perhaps…?
Harrelson also touched on the movie’s behind-the-scenes problems that resulted in the installation of a new director Ron Howard at the very end of the initial shoot, saying, “Fortunately, the force is still very much with us… It’s great that Ron came along when he did.”
The untitled movie is still scheduled for release May 25, 2018.