The 'Han Solo' Movie Adds the Expanded Universe Characters Tag and Bink

Monday, 16 October 2017 - 9:23PM
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Star Wars: Han Solo
Monday, 16 October 2017 - 9:23PM
The 'Han Solo' Movie Adds the Expanded Universe Characters Tag and Bink
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We're gradually learning more and more about the upcoming Han Solo movie, despite the lack of any full trailer so far. And from the looks of it, the next Star Wars spinoff will be pulling deep from the franchise's enormous mythology, most of which has become non-canon as of the new trilogy. 

And now slightly less of it is non-canon, because new director Ron Howard revealed that the old Legends characters Tag and Bink will be making an appearance in the movie. If you happened to be a Star Wars comics fan in the early-to-mid 2000s, then hearing these names should be a welcome surprise. If not, you'll soon be introduced to the "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern" of Star Wars when Han Solo comes out.

Just like his previous announcements about Lando Calrissian and the Kessel Run, Howard broke the news through his social media accounts, tweeting a photo of himself along two fellows dressed as Imperial officers, with the caption "Tag and Bink?" While it initially seemed like a joke, some interesting responses that followed suggested that this is indeed Tag and Bink:



Shortly after this, the creator of the two characters, Kevin Rubio, tweeted his excitement over seeing his creations make it to the big screen. Replying to that, screenwriter Jon Kasdan (who has a credit on the Han Solo film) explained just as excitedly that he's a big fan of Tag and Bink, and the two made it into the film at his request - Kasdan is even playing one of them in that photo.

So yes, it's essentially confirmed, and Howard wasn't joking around.



For those who aren't aware, Tag and Bink are two comic relief characters (actually funny ones, unlike Jar Jar) who ran around the original and prequel trilogies, crossing paths with all sorts of major Star Wars characters and generally screwing things up as they went along. Since they were inspired by the Hamlet characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, they starred in a small handful of beloved comics called Tag and Bink Are Dead.

So this is a really deep cut to choose from, and a good sign that the movie's sense of humor is still intact, even after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were kicked off the film for reportedly joking around too much and going off-script.

The two may only appear for a cameo, as the cast is plenty crowded already, but if Disney and Lucasfilm continue to rework the Expanded Universe/Legends characters back into the new canon, it's only a good thing.

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