‘Han Solo’ Cinematographer Bradford Young Talks Film’s Direction

Earlier this year it was announced that the Star Wars character Han Solo will get his own spin-off film. Now, the Han Sol: A Star Wars Story cinematographer  Bradford Youngsheds some light on the projects tone and direction, according to Comicbook.com

Young stifles any misgivings fans might have about the film’s directors (Phil Lord and Chris Lord ) being the right choice to helm the second Skywalker-less entry:

“These cats are subversive, don’t let it fool you,” he said with a laugh. “They are prepared to say exactly what they wanna say and it’s complex, it’s layered, it’s smart, it’s visual, it’s dramatic, it’s funny, it’s uneasy, it’s unexpected. These cats are—I’m honored to have them in the list of directors I’ve worked with, that’s for sure.”

Young goes on to say that the team at Lucasfilm are behind them one hundred percent:

“Nobody at Lucasfilm is asking us to betray that [Star Wars formula], they’re saying ‘We’re in full support of what you do and we wanna make sure that we’re able to help you do it in the best way.’ It’s gonna feel like a Star Wars film, but we’re definitely gonna break some rules, and we’re encouraged to do that… Visually, narratively that’s a good mandate. They really are about, from what I’ve seen so far, supporting up and coming artists, artists who have a strong vision and voice and perspective, and they really wanna permeate the films with those kinds of voices.”

Giving a billion-dollar-grossing franchise to up-and-coming directors shows the trust Disney and Lucasfilm has for them. It’s an unprecedented and possibly risky direction to take.

The Han Solo movie doesn’t even have a title yet or a specific plot. What is known: the movie will follow the adventures of a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) prior to events in A New Hope.

Donald Glover, who will play a young Lando Calrissian, is the only other actor cast thus far. Phil Lord and Chris Miller will direct from a screenplay written by Jon Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan, the latter of whom wrote both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters sometime in 2018.

Ryan Malik
Ryan Malik
Ryan is a screenwriter with a BFA in Film from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. He's a connoisseur of Batman, Ghostbusters, Hitchcock, Scorsese, Stephen King, and Pop-Tarts. Tweet me @Theaterfilms1