Solo: A Star Wars Story's Unlikely Inspirations Include Heat & The Big Lebowski

Solo: A Star Wars Story's Unlikely Inspirations Include Heat & The Big Lebowski

Though Kylo Ren, who is a Skywalker by heritage if not name, still occupies a central role in the soon-to-be-concluded third trilogy, it seems obvious the franchise is moving on from the Skywalkers, as evident by the tonal shift in The Last Jedi, and in the brand's focus on stand-alone films such as Rogue One and Solo.

"When I was done, I was sort of burned out".

According to The Belfast Telegraph, sources inside the studio have said they will take up residence there once Game of Thrones finishes production.

"He came by to visit the first day that I picked up shooting". There's even one little moment in a scene that - I can't tell you what, sorry - but in the scene on the Millennium Falcon where George said, 'Why doesn't Han just do this.' It actually is a amusing little bit that will probably get a laugh.

It's understood that it was to give his seal of approval to the latest Star Wars spin-off being shot in Northern Ireland - a move that will pump millions of pounds into the local economy.

"I sat with George in April of 2012, and the company was sold in September of 2012, so it was a relatively short amount of time before". The wide-ranging titles include Treasure Island (previously mentioned as a key inspiration for Woody Harrelson's character), Michael Mann's crime-thriller Heat, Clint Eastwood's somber Western Unforgiven, the Coen Brothers comedy The Big Lebowski, and the British crime drama Gangster No. 1. "We wanted this movie to have that flavor and that swagger", he explained.

Bouncing off that, Jon Kasdan name-dropped Unforgiven as a big influence for its long gunslinger archetype. "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".

"[Solo] has that flavor of a crime world that has weirdness and surprise and people stumbling into things - and other people very intentionally getting into [trouble]", he said.

Aside from Lucas, actor Harrison Ford also reportedly offered some help in the making of "Han Solo".