“He’s a maverick, he’s a scoundrel, he’s clever but he’s not smart and he wants to present himself as this cool, tough guy but in the end he always does the right thing and that’s why you love him so much and why he’s one of the most iconic characters of all time,” added Miller.
Lord and Miller get the inherent contradiction that’s made Han Solo one of the most loved character in cinema, and it’s one of the reasons Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of not just the Solo movie, but The Force Awakens, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, pushed hard for the duo to direct. “He was quite vocal about it in a way only Larry can be,” said Lucasfilm’s SVP of development and story group leader, Kiri Hart. “He had a tremendous amount of belief in them and a feeling that they were just the right people to do this. That ended up being really meaningful to all of us as we went forward and put the whole thing together.”
And don’t forget, Lord and Miller have already directed a Han Solo in a movie… it just happened to also co-star Batman.
Lord and Miller just moved to London to work on the Solo movie full-time and are currently working on the script with Lawrence and Jake Kasdan, as well as overseeing pre-production and set-building. They hope to start production early in 2017, with the movie targeted for winter 2018 release.