The Directors Behind The Han Solo Movie Plan To ‘Break Some Rules’

When people joke about The Lego Movie’s “Everything is Awesome” like it’s some kind of playful pop hit, they’re forgetting the way it was used in context. As incorporated by writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, this song is a subversive commentary on conformity and complacency. According to Bradford Young (Selma, Arrival)—the filmmakers’ cinematographer on the upcoming Han Solo movie—you can expect precisely this kind of against-the-grain thinking from the duo’s much-anticipated Star Wars movie.


“These cats are subversive, don’t let it fool you,” he told Collider. “They are prepared to say exactly what they want to 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.”

However, knowing that the current incarnation of Lucasfilm has already had major creative differences with at least one filmmaker (Rogue One director Gareth Edwards), is there any chance Lord and Miller’s bold vision will make it to the screen unscathed? Young thinks it’s certainly possible. “Nobody at Lucasfilm is asking us to betray that,” he explained. “They’re saying, ‘We’re in full support of what you do and we want to 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.”