Han Solo, arguably the most iconic character in the Star Wars universe, played by the equally iconic Harrison Ford, was stabbed with a lightsaber by his own son Ben Solo/Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in Episode VII. He died nobly while trying to persuade Ren to abandon the dark side and return home with him. This has altered Star Wars forever. Most die-hard Star Wars fans had trouble accepting his death. Some still hope that he’ll somehow show up in Episode VIII. Now, various reports are indicating that the space smuggler will be given a funeral.
Dork Side of the Force and The Week mention that there are multiple reports which suggest that a funeral scene for Han Solo is in the cards for Ryan Johnson’s untitled Star Wars film. The scene, which was likely filmed on the Dubrovnik sets in Croatia, would be an emotional farewell that will serve as a proper closure for Chewbacca’s co-pilot and friend.
The scene will reportedly have “major repercussions on the political landscape of the galaxy,” suggests the Dork Side of the Force website. Vine Report had pointed towards Collider who reported about the funeral rumors in their Jedi Council show.
Interestingly, there have been theories that Dubrovnik could stand-in for Corellia, Han Solo’s homeworld. In fact, the leaked set pictures from Dubrovnik showing a procession of several black-robed figures could actually be an element of Han Solo’s funeral scene; the black robes being a symbol of sorrow and reverence at the death of someone so important as General Solo.
Han Solo wasn’t a Force-sensitive being, so there was never a chance for him to come back as a Force ghost like Obi-Wan Kenobi or Yoda. There could be flashbacks to Ben Solo’s Jedi training by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) which might feature Han and Leia, but it is pretty much a certainty that Harrison Ford is retired from Star Wars for good. If anything, those scenes could have already been shot while “The Force Awakens” was being filmed. Ford wanted Han Solo to sacrifice himself since “Return of the Jedi” and finally got his wish fulfilled by director J.J. Abrams.
However, “The Force Awakens” is not the last we’ve seen of the “scruffy looking Nerf-herder.” Han Solo will have his own movie, a Star Wars anthology spin-off coming in 2018. “Hail, Caesar!” actor Alden Ehrenreich has been selected to portray a younger version of the character. Ehrenreich may also appear as Han in a cameo role in Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One” which is currently going through some re-shoots.
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