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The man who has three Star Wars film writing credits to his name, Lawrence Kasdan has also done an interview with Vanity Fair magazine which follows the one JJ did. There were some very interesting things he shared with interviewer Bruce Handy. Here’s the key take-aways we err… took away.
On taking up the writing duties of The Empire Strikes Back following the death of Leigh Bracket:
“She was an amazing person. She has a credit on The Big Sleep, and she was one of the first female science-fiction pulp people. She was a big writer, important writer. [Her other screenplay credits include Howard Hawks’s Rio Bravo and Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye.] I don’t know all the things that happened [with Brackett’s draft of The Empire Strikes Back], but when George got it, it was nothing like what he wanted. It’s very hard to get into his head; I turned out to be able to get into his head a lot.
On Darth Vader being Luke’s Father after being asked if Luke’s father was originally a different character:
“I do not know. I’ve heard that. But what I know is when I came in to Empire and when I actually started to work, George said, “You know, Darth is Luke’s father.” And I said, “No shit?” So it was a total surprise to me and I thought wonderful. That to me was when the whole thing got really interesting and I thought, This thing’s going to be so much more complicated than I thought.”
It’s a matter of record that Luke’s Father and Vader where different characters. Obi Wan said so in ANH ;)
And finally, what of Lando Calrissian?
“Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form.”
I would read that as Lando is a lock for Rian Johnson’s VIII!