Ron Howard May Have Just Tweeted a Major 'Han Solo' Spoiler

Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 10:09AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Han Solo
Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 10:09AM
Ron Howard May Have Just Tweeted a Major 'Han Solo' Spoiler
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Based on the shady backstory that Han Solo gives in A New Hope, there are a few key events that are obviously going to go down in the character's upcoming origin movie: he has to meet Chewbacca, presumably saving the Wookiee's life and earning a life debt, he has to gamble with Lando Calrissian and win the Millennium Falcon through dubious methods, and he needs to make the Kessel Run in under fourteen parsecs.



Ron Howard, seemingly still enjoying the opportunity to break Star Wars news to the world by dishing out teases on his Twitter feed, has (apparently) got to a point in the movie that involves learning a little about what the Kessel Run actually is and why there's a need to run in the first place—a new tweet from the director, simply titled "Spicey" (which is presumably a misspelling of "spicy"), seems to show off something that looks an awful lot like a spice mine.




The specifics of the Spice Mines of Kessel have always remained fairly vague within Star Wars canon, except for some rare Expanded Universe works that are now longer canon. Threepio doesn't seem thrilled about the idea of being sent down to the Mines, but apart from that, not much is know about what goes on there. Spice is the Star Wars equivalent of illegal drugs, we know that much, and it's presumably what Han Solo is carting in the Falcon when he drops a shipment of cargo to avoid getting in trouble when boarded by an Imperial starship, which is what first gets him in trouble with Jabba the Hutt.

Presumably, then, the Han Solo movie will show its titular character landing a job with the giant slug, picking up spice from Kessel, and running it somewhere else. Whether the movie will represent parsecs as a measurement of time or distance remains to be seen—older continuity within the series has attempted to explain why Han would be bragging about travelling a shorter distance when performing the Kessel Run, as parsecs aren't related to time at all.

We've had an entire movie built around explaining why the Death Star had a big, obvious fatal flaw. Now, we're potentially getting a movie that explains why Han Solo is bragging about some kind of speed record that doesn't actually make sense. Perhaps it would be a bit anticlimactic to reveal that Han is making up the Kessel Run in A New Hope just to try and impress Obi Wan—even if Alec Guinness definitely plays the scene as if he doesn't believe a word the smuggler is saying.

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