A lot regarding the upcoming Han Solo spinoff film has been questionable. Yes, we all love Han Solo. We love his smooth-talking, his swagger, and his street savvy. It’s no accident that he ended up being one of the most beloved Star Wars characters of all time. The fact that LucasFilm is actually going back and re-visiting him was quite the risky move.
So far, all the talent in place seems promising. We have Lawrence Kasdan co-writing the script, we have Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the helm, and we have Alden Ehrenreich taking on the role of the scoundrel himself. However, last month, there was an investors call, and on it, Bob Iger reportedly said, according to reporter Ben Fritz, that the film would follow Han finding the Falcon, meeting Chewbacca, and “getting his name.”
This set off some red flags in the eyes of many hardcore Star Wars fans. The question went from, “Will this Han Solo film be any good?” to, “Wait, Han Solo isn’t his real name?” So not only did fans have to worry about the film being good, but now we had to worry about his name being retconned. Could it be that Han Solo was never really Han Solo to begin with? And worse, would they make it something stupid, as in “he only goes solo?”
Speaking with MTV, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy clarified the situation, stating:
“I’m not sure that that’s entirely what Bob meant. There’s more to Han Solo’s name, but it’s not that it’s not his name. It’s obviously his name. It will always be his name.”
This sounds to me like we’ll get some insight as to why he was named Han Solo to begin with, not why he “earned” it. I don’t think this will be a case like Better Call Saul, where Saul Goodman is literally what the character becomes. Does this mean we’ll be seeing Han’s parents at some point? Is that how we will find out why he was named Han?
While her statement was meant to clarify, it does seem to open more doors to questions. Why would he be named that? And if I’m misinterpreting her statement, then what is it she means? Well, we have just north of a year to find out. In the meantime, I’ll just celebrate the fact that my biggest problem in life involves Han Solo’s name.
What do you think Kennedy means by her statement? Let us know in the comments down below!
The Han Solo spinoff film hits theaters on May 25, 2018!
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