In ‘Solo,’ a battle for the soul, and tone, of ‘Star Wars’

Actors Joonas Suotamo, from left, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, director Ron Howard, actress Emilia Clarke, actor Alden Ehrenreich, actor Donald Glover, a person dressed as the character Chewbacca and actor Paul Bettany pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

CANNES, France — When J.J. Abrams was a “Star Wars” novice, Lawrence Kasdan, the writer of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Return of the Jedi,” had some advice for him: “Star Wars” is not important.