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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ takes place before the events of ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’.  And the next anthology film in the series is the unnamed young Han Solo movie directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with Alden Ehrenreich starring as the famous pilot/smuggler.  Since both movies are set in the past and Ehrenreich’s casting seems to have come at an opportune time– around the time that ‘Rogue One’ reshoots were taking place– there was heavy buzz that his Han Solo would actually pop up in ‘Rogue One’ in some capacity.

But director Gareth Edwards was recently asked point blank about this possibility and unfortunately shot down any hope of seeing everyone’s favorite space scoundrel in his movie:

Gareth-Edwards“I’m not sure if I’m allowed to do this, but I think I should. I can put to bed, Han Solo’s not in the movie.”

He was then gunned down by snipers from Disney.

Not really, but it is very uncommon for a director of such a high-profile film to comment one way or the other about the contents of said film, even when it comes to rumors.

In fact, the next question lobbed at Edwards was whether or not ‘Rogue One’ ends ten minutes before ‘A New Hope’ which has been widely reported, but Edwards refused to confirm that.  (So does that mean it’s true?)

We still have several months to go before ‘Rogue One’ hits theaters, so expect many more rumors to pop up before that happens.

Are you upset that Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo won’t be in ‘Rogue One’?  Or would  you rather these films be kept separate despite them taking place in the same universe?

Directed by Gareth Edwards, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, and Jiang Wen and will fly into theaters on December 16th, 2016.

Source: Cinema Blend