Before J.J. Abrams and the Lucasfilm crew took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con where they blew the fans away with the incredible behind the scenes reel for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, some other huge news came out from a galaxy far, far away. We learned last week that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord of ‘The Lego Movie’ would be helming the second ‘Star Wars Anthology’ film written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan that would focus on a young Han Solo. Now, reports has surfaced that may have revealed what the notorious smuggler will be up to in 2018.
Making Star Wars recently shared some new details about Captain Solo’s backstory ahead of ‘Episode VII.’ Apparently in the three decades after the victory on Endor, Han has become sad and bitter, and spends his time frequenting seedy bars because he and Chewie somehow lost the Millennium Falcon. This likely explains why Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew’s duo end up on Jakku during ‘The Force Awakens.’ It also adds some extra punch to the line “Chewie, we’re home” from the last trailer. But buried deep in the article, there’s some mention of the pair’s history between the two trilogies according to the new ‘Star Wars’ canon and it’s speculated that this could be explored in the upcoming spinoff:
Chewbacca is captured and put into slavery in the aftermath of ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and the invasion of Kashyyyk. Han Solo frees the Wookiee and therefore Chewbacca owes Han Solo a life debt.
This matches up with the continuity established in the pilot for ‘Star Wars Rebels’ that states that the Empire enslaved the Wookies. It also resembles the Expanded Universe history because of the life debt, so could we see how all this played out in the ‘Star Wars Anthology’ film scheduled for 2018? It’s very possible since Han and Chewie’s relationship when we first meet them seems to have been forged over many years and adventures together. I could even see this playing into the Kessel Run storyline (which is something that I hope gets explored in this Han Solo origin story) when Solo rescues the iconic Wookie and they make the legendary trek together. Of course, this is all speculation at this point, but it makes sense, right?
What do you think about these details potentially playing into the upcoming Han Solo origin film? Are there any other landmark events in the hero’s life that you hope will factor into his ‘Star Wars Anthology’ film? And what do you think about the supposed state that we find Solo and Chewbacca in during ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.