Official 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Synopsis Confirms Han and Chewie's First Meeting

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 - 8:11PM
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Star Wars: Han Solo
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 - 8:11PM
Official 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Synopsis Confirms Han and Chewie's First Meeting
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Despite now being just a little over four months away from release, almost nothing is known about Lucasfilm's next movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, which will tell the story of the character that made Harrison Ford a household name.

Well, almost nothing is known - while we haven't got any official images or trailer footage, we do at least know that this movie has been an absolute chaotic mess behind the scenes.

Now, in anticipation of the film's upcoming release, Lucasfilm has given us something beyond the film's title, in the form of an official synopsis which provides all the expected story beats, plus a few interesting tidbits which could shed light on exactly what kind of movie this is going to be. The press release states:

Opening quote
"Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes."
Closing quote

A lot of the logical story beats are here - the first meeting between Han and Chewie, a significant gamble with Lando, and of course, the debut of the Millennium Falcon. These elements of the Han Solo mythos have been baked in since the days of the Original Trilogy, and it makes sense that we'll get to see them.

It's significant that Han will apparently meet Chewbacca over the course of this movie. At one point, George Lucas' official backstory for Han involved him being raised as an orphan on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk, and he was even supposed to appear in Revenge of the Sith, helping Yoda to get off-world after the Clone Troopers initial Order 66.

Whether this element of Han's backstory will be dropped entirely remains to be seen, but there's a good chance that in this new canon, he comes from somewhere else entirely. Here's hoping he'll have grown up on a planet where the Wookiee language of Shyriiwook is spoken regularly, as otherwise he might have trouble keeping up with what his copilot is saying on their first encounter.

Perhaps the most intriguing line within this synopsis is the reference to "a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld". Some of this will presumably involve other key moments from Han's past as established in the Original Trilogy, such as his time working for Jabba the Hutt, and his notorious Kessel Run.

If we are to see Jabba in this movie, that means we'll either get an elaborate Return of the Jedi puppet, or another of the horrendous CGI approximations of the character that have appeared in more recent entries in the series.

As the release date for this film draws nearer, it's hard not to wonder what kind of shape Solo will be in when it hits theaters. Reports suggest that almost all of the footage shot by the film's original directors has been trashed, as it's rumored that new project lead Ron Howard has reshot pretty much everything himself.

A lot is riding on this film - perhaps more so than any movie in the history of Star Wars. Lucasfilm probably wasn't expecting The Last Jedi to be as divisive as it is, and Solo was an inherently risky endeavor long before the studio had something to prove.

The odds of this movie turning into a beloved classic are pretty low at this point, but then, Han Solo knows never to trust the odds.

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