"There’s a Future for Lando Calrissian" - Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan’s first produced screenplay was for The Empire Strikes Back—not a bad Hollywood baby step! Maybe even more impressively, he had already written the scripts for Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Bodyguard, which would be shot subsequent to The Empire Strikes Back. Kasdan would go on to co-write Return of the Jedi with George Lucas. His films as a writer-director include Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist, and Mumford.
More recently, he has returned to the galaxy far, far away, co-writing the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens with director J.J. Abrams. I recently spoke with Kasdan about his history with Lucas, the was-Darth-Vader-always-Luke’s-father question, the possibility of a Big Chill sequel, and the fate of Lando Calrissian, the roguish character played by Billy Dee Williams.
Head over to VARIETY.COM for a great interview with the man himself.