We’ve known about and been excited for the upcoming Han Solo movie for a while now but new details have just been revealed.
At the Deutsche Bank 2016 Media, Internet & Telecom Conference yesterday, Disney chief Bob Iger revealed that the movie wouldn’t just be the origins of everyone’s favourite smuggler… but his best friend’s too.
Yes, Chewbacca will appear in the new Han Solo standalone set for 2018 and to be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller: “We have others [standalone Star Wars movies] in the works, including one, which is an origin story about Han Solo and Chewy. And that’ll come after ‘Star Wars 8’ in 2018. And then there’ll be possibly be more thereafter.”
He added that the “‘Star Wars’: Stories” [will be marketed] “differently, but aggressively” so as not to distract fans from the actual Episodic movies but also ensure they’ll be keen to follow both sets of Star Wars movies… i.e. spend their money on the whole franchise.
In related news, JJ Abrams has been talking about a scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that had many fans – ourselves included – a little baffled.
In the movie, after Rey, Chewie and Finn return from Han Solo’s fateful meeting with Kylo Ren, Chewie can clearly be seen ignoring Leia and following Finn. Given the events, we all thought this was more than a little odd. It’s at this point Rey and Leia seemingly find each other and embrace.
Abrams had this to say: “That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that. My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of.
“So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other — that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia.
“And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss… Had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn’t have thought of it. But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention.”
It’s nice that Abrams is humble enough to admit he made a mistake on that scene… and we sort of understand now what he was going for now.
What do you make of the new Han and Chewie news? Let us know…