Disney CEO Bob Iger, while appearing at a USC tech event today, has just revealed some key facts about the upcoming Han Solo spin-off movie, one of which is guaranteed to send Star Wars fans into a tailspin of fervent speculation.
Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz was there:
Han Solo movie will follow him from age 18 through 24 and show him finding the Falcon, meeting Chewbacca, and getting his name, Iger says
— Ben Fritz (@benfritz) March 23, 2017
So, let’s break this down…
The Han Solo Movie Takes Place Over 6 Years
Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich, will be 18 years old when the movie starts. And the film will take place over the course of six years, ending when he’s age 24. That’s quite a lot of time to fill in the character’s backstory, and a storytelling approach that’s an unexpected first for Star Wars.
The Han Solo Movie Shows How Han Meets Chewie and Acquires the Falcon
While it’s been talked about since the movie was first announced, we now know for sure that the movie will show how Han got the Millenium Falcon from Lando Calrissian, played by Donald Glover. And we’ll finally get the story about how Han and Chewie came to be best buddies. There are lots of stories in the old Legends continuity about that, of course, but all we know about it in the new canon comes from the Life Debt novel:
“I saved him, at least that’s what he says, the big fuzzy fool, but really, he saved me. I was on a bad path, and Chewie, he put me straight. Saved my shanks more than once too. He said it was part of some life debt… It means that he owes his life to me… He doesn’t owe me. I owe him. I got a debt to Chewie to get him his home back.”
Cue Explosion: Han Solo Wasn’t Always His Name!?
The quote that’s sure to set the internet on fire: Iger says we’ll see Han Solo “getting his name” in the upcoming movie. Now, that COULD mean something figurative — making a name for himself and establishing his reputation — but that’s not what those in attendance understood the quote to mean.
What if Han’s name wasn’t always Han Solo? What implications could that have for the larger Star Wars story? Let the social media explosion begin…
"Why should I change my name? He's the one who sucks." pic.twitter.com/C4D6BxdwxJ
— Brandon Katz (@Great_Katzby) March 23, 2017
— Monster🎃Mash👻Mac (@iMac1975) March 23, 2017
"How did Han Solo get his name?"
"That's an epic tale of drama and adventure!"
"How did Porkins get his name?"
"That was just a fat joke."
— The Bibbidook (@WilliamBibbiani) March 23, 2017