Han Solo has always been a popular character in the Star Wars universe, but for The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams decided to make Harrison Ford’s character the emotional epicentre of the narrative.
In the revelation that Solo was Kylo Ren’s father, it immediately added even more depth to the original trilogy’s character, along with spending more time on screen than Carrie Fisher’s Leia or Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker. However, our hearts were ripped from our chests in seeing Kylo Ren murdering Solo in the film’s third act.
Due to the massive secrecy surrounding The Force Awakens, the filmmakers and actors have never spoken openly about what happened to Han Solo. Until now. A new feature-length documentary entitled Secrets of the Force Awakens gives us unprecedented access behind-the-scenes to the blockbuster of a generation, with Harrison Ford speaking about how we wanted to see his character go out in the manner he did.
“His destiny is resolved in a powerful and effective way. I wanted Han Solo to be able to lend some significant emotional weight to the story,” Ford says in the documentary.
The death of Han Solo was an incredibly poignant moment inStar Wars: The Force Awakens and, in the documentary, Adam Driver admits it was the scene that made him most nervous.
It’s clear that Harrison Ford wanted Han Solo to be able to add more to the Star Wars saga for a long time. He had previously spoken about how he wanted to see Solo die in The Return of the Jedi. Now that Solo has sacrificed himself for the future of the galaxy and the Rebellion, in the fight against the First Order and the Dark Side, he has succeeded in adding significant emotional clout to the story.
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