'Star Wars' Secrets: Here's How Lawrence Kasdan Ended Up Working On 'The Empire Strikes Back' And Han Solo's Standalone Film

Nov 19, 2015 08:30 AM EST | By Nobelle Borines

Have you ever wondered how George Lucas came up with the ideas and plans that would work for the 'Star Wars' franchise? A recent feature on everything 'Star Wars' will shed light on the Lucasfilm think tank, and actually spilled some secrets.

In the Wired feature, it is revealed that writer Lawrence Kasdan was not actually supposed to write 'The Empire Strikes Back.' In 1978, Kasdan was handing in the first draft of the 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' script when George Lucas asked him to write the 'Star Wars' sequel. Sadly, Leigh Brackett, who wrote the first 'Star Wars' movie, has passed away of cancer and has left the sequel without a script.

Lawrence Kasdan shared that he got the job writing the 'Empire Strikes Back' script after George Lucas read the first draft of 'Raiders,' and that the best part of working on it was the plot twist.

"George said to me, 'Darth Vader is Luke's father.' And I said, 'No s--t?' I thought that was the greatest thing I'd ever heard," Kasdan said, adding that he saw how 'Empire' would be so important to the franchise.

"The second act is always the best act, because everything goes wrong and there's a huge question at the end," he said.

By 2012, Lawrence Kasdan got a new offer from George Lucas and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to write yet another 'Star Wars' movie (other than the new trilogy). The writer's choice was quite obvious: Han Solo, who he admits is his favorite character. With no questions, Lawrence Kasdan will get to work on the script for the highly anticipated Han Solo standalone film, which will be collaboration between him and his son Jon.

You can read more amazing 'Star Wars' secrets in the Wired feature.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' will premiere on December 18.

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