The casting of Han Solo in his own Star Wars anthology movie is a big decision for Disney and Lucasfilm as it can make or break the movie. Though numerous fans want impressionist Anthony Ingruber in the role, Disney is looking for more experienced actors and bigger names. The problem is that other than Ingruber, none of those in the casting list resemble Harrison Ford. Now, Disney CEO Bob Iger has revealed that the untitled Han Solo feature will not only deal with the origin of the beloved space smuggler but also of Chewbacca as well.
The Wrap mentions that the Disney chief talked about plans for both “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the untitled Han Solo movie while speaking at the Deutsche Bank 2016 Media, Internet & Telecom Conference on Tuesday.
“‘Rogue One’ … is about a band of rebels plotting to steal the plans to the Death Star,” the Disney CEO said. “It takes place right before what was George Lucas‘s first film, which came out in 1977 and is now called ‘A New Hope’,” he added.
Next, Iger mentioned the Han Solo movie. “We have others in the works, including one which is an origin story about Han Solo and Chewie.” Iger added that “it will come after ‘Star Wars 8’ in 2018. And then there’ll be possibly be more thereafter.”
The Collider mentions that there is a possibility that a scene featuring Han and Chewbacca meeting up for the first time might be featured in the film.
Slashfilm notes that in the Star Wars related books based on Han Solo, the space smuggler and Chewbacca first meet on an Empire slave ship while Solo, then a Lieutenant, is an Imperial pilot. “Solo boards a slaving craft to find that its cargo of Wookiee children had escaped, with a badly wounded Wookiee in the pilot’s seat. Han is ordered to skin Chewbacca, but refuses. The duo escape punishment with the assistance of the Rebel Alliance,” Slashfilm’s summary explained. Chewbacca then swears a life debt to Han and saved Solo numerous times proving his trustworthiness and the two become friends for life.
In the original story for “Revenge of the Sith” by George Lucas, a 10-year-old Han Solo was supposed to be wandering around on Chewbacca’s home planet, Kashyyyk, raised by none other than Chewbacca himself.
In J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Han Solo was murdered by his own son, Kylo Ren, while the former attempted to convince him to turn his back to the dark side and return with him to his home. This was the last Han Solo role for Harrison Ford, whose image is indistinguishable from the character today. There have been theories doing the rounds on the internet that Han Solo might have knowingly sacrificed himself for his son. However, whether such rumours are true or not isn’t clear yet.
Screenrant reports that principal photography on the “Han Solo” movie would begin sometime in 2017 for a summer 2018 release. It’s not known if Peter Mayhew will still play the Wookiee in the movie.