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Peter Mayhew Just Blew the “Han Shot First” Debate Wide Open

We'll bet you've been looking forward to this for a long time.


In the middle of February, Peter Mayhew (who plays Chewbacca, though you knew that already, didn’t you) teased that he had a pretty big announcement. He started building hype by posting pictures of Star Wars script pages, and today’s reveal was a bit of a doozy. According to the pages he tweeted, not only did Han shoot first, he was supposed to be the only one to shoot at all.

As you may know, things can definitely change between the drafting of a screenplay and the actual shooting of a movie… not to cast even more doubt and shade on this entire thing. Just a thought, really.

It’s been fun seeing this peek into the original Star Wars script, especially coming from Mayhew himself. If you want to see more, you should check out his Twitter feed.


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