Han Solo isn’t someone who becomes Han Solo in a vacuum. Like everyone else, he is a product of his upbringing and his environment. Growing up, a lot of folks had questions about who his character was, and how he ended up the way we saw him in Star Wars: A New Hope.
This is a question that was answered in the A.S. Crispin book The Paradise Snare, which portrayed the smuggler as a Corellian street urchin. It was only through the guidance of the Garris Shrike, who used Solo and others to make money.
But is this who we could expect Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett to be? The Paradise Snare has since become de-canonized, and now Lucasfilm can cherrypick content at will. Speaking with EW, Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard gave a quick description of Tobias:
”He’s a powerful criminal, but a free agent. Tobias Beckett really shapes Han more than anybody, as Han comes to believe that in a lawless time, he needs a moral code.”
Tobias’ goal in the film is to up his status by pulling off a heist, though it’s not clear if it’s the same railway heist that was teased earlier (though, it’s a good bet it is).
As someone who didn’t grow up with a father, it looks like Tobias is someone Han will look up to, though I’d be shocked if this relationship didn’t end up going sideways about two-thirds through the flick.
What do you think of Tobias’ character? How much do you think they’ll be pulling from Garris Shrike? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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