Force Awakens artist says Han Solo movie is “the best Star Wars script”

Film will explore the early years of Han Solo and Chewbacca

Details of the Han Solo movie have been kept firmly under wraps but one concept artist from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has revealed that it’s the best Star Wars script.

Filming on the forthcoming Star Wars Han Solo origins movie is set to begin in January 2017, with Alden Ehrenreich reportedly the favourite to portray young Han Solo.

If he does take on the role, it means he would’ve beaten Dave Franco, Logan Lerman, Jack Reynor, Ansel Elgort, Scott Eastwood, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner to become Lucasfilm’s number one choice.

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As Star Wars Newsnet reports, The Force Awakens concept artist Iain McCaig spoke at an Art and Industry of Imagination conference in New York recently, and praised the script as “the best Star Wars script.”

Describing the screenplay, he said it was “by far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read,” before adding, “I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You’re in for a treat.”

The script was written by The Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan along with his son Jon. The Han Solo movie is scheduled to open on May 25, 2018, just five months after the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII. As well as telling the origin story of Han Solo, it will also focus on the back story of Chewbacca.