Leaked 'Han Solo' Set Photos Give Clues About Solo's Origin

Friday, 19 May 2017 - 12:17PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Han Solo
Friday, 19 May 2017 - 12:17PM
Leaked 'Han Solo' Set Photos Give Clues About Solo's Origin
Image credit: Lucasfilm, Disney
Alden Ehrenreich's role as Han Solo in his own Star Wars spin-off prequel was always going to be subjected to some pretty terrible criticism, simply because Alden Ehrenreich is not Harrison Ford. That's not his fault, but overcoming this shortcoming will be the biggest challenge of his career.

This being the case, it's worth stating that the leaked photos of Ehrenreich playing Han Solo are not the way Lucasfilm would ideally have liked to introduce this movie to the viewing public. Nevertheless, the photos are out there now, and there's no escaping the tantalizing truths we learn about the movie from these few snippets.




Leaving aside the issue that poor Alden's face is different from Harrison Ford's (again, not his fault), the character's hair is on point. His costume, though, tattered and covered in dirt, suggests something of what Han Solo's origins might be in this movie.

Once upon a time, George Lucas had planned to include a young Solo in Revenge of the Sith as a street urchin who aids Yoda in his escape from Kashyyyk. It could be that this movie will see Solo coming from a similarly humble background, before escaping to the stars with the help of his mentor, who's played by Woody Harrelson.

The vehicle we see Ehrenreich sitting in could also be a big clue as to Solo's origin—it could be the case that, like young Anakin Skywalker before him, Han Solo is a talented mechanic with a penchant for racing a junker vehicle of his own design. This certainly would give the character the skills he'd need to survive as a smuggler, and would help him in adding the "special modifications" that he makes to the Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive. You know, the ones that make it incredibly fast, but also mean that it doesn't actually work for the entirety of The Empire Strikes Back.

So here's what we can gain from these set photos: Han Solo and his fabulous seventies hair comes from humble origins, he has a love of technology and fast speeders, and eventually finds a way off-planet and out among the stars to begin a career as a smuggler, where he ends up "getting his name", according to Bob Iger.

At least, that's our best guess based on a few blurry photos. There are plenty more secrets to be uncovered in this movie, and we'll no doubt learn more when we get an official look at the return of Han Solo later in the year.

The Han Solo movie will hit US theaters on May 25th, 2018.
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