– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Forget Leia and Han. We all knew that Han and Chewie were the real lovers in the Star Wars franchise. With Lucasfilm’s next film in the Star Wars franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story, that tale will get explored.

Speaking with EW, Solo screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (who also penned the script to The Empire Strikes Back) mentioned that he would joke to his son and co-writer Jon Kasdan about this very thing.

“To me, this is a love story between Han and Chewie. Their relationship has always been my favorite part of the saga, and the fact that only Han understands what Chewie is saying, I find a very funny possibility for comedy. Wookiees have so many positive qualities. But what they don’t do is make it easy for you to get in [emotionally].”

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From the sound of it, this younger Han Solo is one who is in desperate need of an ally. While he may be a troublemaker here, he’s still pretty young and naive, and likely very prone to getting swindled. In a film like this that seems backed to the brim with unsavories, a true friend can certainly help.

Actor Alden Ehrenreich spoke to the younger version of Han Solo:

“I think the main thing that’s different is that the Han we meet in this film is more of an idealist. He has certain dreams that he follows, and we watch how it affects him as those dreams meet new realities — realities that are harder and more challenging than he’d expected.”

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.