With more than a year to go until it’s release, the new Han Solo film made some major headlines today with news that comes straight from the top of Disney. The news is so big that not only does it come with a big spoiler warning, but it can’t even be written in this opening paragraph. Let’s just say that at this point, Star Wars fans are going to like it or will be letting everyone on their social media feeds know exactly how they feel. If you’re ready for some awesome news or utter disappointment, then read on ahead.
Alright, no more messing around, here’s the big news about the new Han Solo flick. From the mouth of Disney CEO, Bob Iger, via an interview from a USC business and tech event,
“We’re actually shooting now an origin story of Han Solo, which will come out in 2018. That picks up with Han Solo when he was 18 years old and takes him through when he was 24. There are a few significant things that happen in Han Solo’s life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee that will happen in this film. But you will also discover how he got his name.”
Now fans have a specific timeline to keep track with at home. They’ll will follow Han Solo on a six year journey in which he’ll become friends with Chewie and acquire the Millenium Falcon and what?!
You mean Han Solo’s name isn’t Han freaking Solo? There will definitely some intrigued by this idea, but knowing Star Wars fans in real life, they are not going to be happy with this. However, let’s entertain this idea for a moment. If you really think about it, it almost makes sense. Han Solo was always too good of a name to be real. So if Han Solo isn’t Han Solo, who is he? This opens up a whole new can of worms. What does Disney have planned for him? Maybe Han Solo is royalty. That would be too easy (and would be kind of lame). It doesn’t make sense to create a whole new family out of this situation. So, it could be possible that he’s related to someone fans are very familiar with. It’s time to re-watch every movie and speculate. Break out the different colored yarn, pushpins, and make another pot of coffee because it’s going to be a long night.
More importantly, with the movie due out May 25,2018 (a year before Episode IX), how will this play out in the grand scheme of things? Will there be some kind of ripple effect in the future? Mind blown.