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Han Solo’s Standalone Star Wars Movie Will Also Tell Chewbacca’s Origin Story


Perhaps we should stop referring to the young Han Solo movie as such, and instead call it “The Han and Chewie Movie,” or “First Mate Fuzzball: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Han” or “Revenge for the Star Wars Christmas Special.” Disney CEO Bob Iger just gave this description of the movie to The Wrap:

[It’s] an origin story about Han Solo and Chewie. And that’ll come after ‘Star Wars 8’ in 2018. And then there’ll be possibly be more thereafter.

We’ll definitely get to see a young Chewbacca, then — although he won’t be that young, since he’s already 200 years old during A New Hope. Han Solo is supposed to be 29 years old during that movie, and since most of the actors in consideration for young Han are in their early 20s, it seems fair to assume that this origin story will take place a mere few years before Episode IV — just like Rogue One.

Since this will be a story of Han Solo’s early smuggling days, it also seems likely that the movie will require a young Lando Calrissian — and perhaps an ill-fated round of sabacc. I don’t know whether I want to see that or if it’s better left in my imagination, though. I think we all tend to feel pretty hesitant about Star Wars prequels, but Lando has already re-appeared once on Star Wars Rebels, so I’m tentatively hopeful about the potential story-lines here.

What do you all think about the idea of a Han/Chewie buddy movie focused on the scoundrels and their morally bankrupt pals? Does the Chewie news convince you?

(via Polygon, image via PBS)

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