Rumors Hint at Han Solo and Chewbacca's Tough Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 - 9:59AM
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 - 9:59AM
Rumors Hint at Han Solo and Chewbacca's Tough Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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When Han Solo and Chewbacca appeared at the end of the second Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, I witnessed hundreds of grown adults break down with tears of joy. Whether that was delirium from hours of waiting in line at Star Wars Celebration or not, it's safe to say that this dynamic duo are two of the most important characters to the Star Wars franchise. With their inclusion in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many are desperate to learn what the pair have been up to in the 30 years that have unfolded between JJ Abrams' movie and the climax of Return of the Jedi. A new report from the people at Making Star Wars claims to shed some light on what shenanigans the pair have been getting into since the fall of Palpatine's Empire.

First off, the report claims that Chewbacca's backstory will match up with his origin as explained in the old Star Wars Expanded Universe.

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"Chewbacca is captured and put into slavery in the aftermath of Revenge of the Sith and the invasion of Kashyyyk. Han Solo frees the Wookiee and therefore Chewbacca owes Han Solo a life debt."
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The enslavement of the Wookies is a major part of Star Wars lore, so it's nice to see they're keeping it in there. Similarly, the Wookies of Kashyyyk are undoubtedly one of the franchise's most interesting species, and keeping as much of their proud yet troubled story as possible would certainly make many Star Wars fans happy. If Han's rescue of Chewbacca were to feature in the recently announced Han Solo prequel movie, that would achieve the impossible and actually make me more excited for the second Star Wars: Anthology movie.

Back to Mr. Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, though. When Harrison Ford uttered the words "Chewie, We're Home" as they set foot on the Millennium Falcon, it got everyone wondering where exactly they had been for them to have missed their iconic ship. Had Lando Calrissian really held onto it for 30 years, or had something more sinister happened? Well, according to Making Star Wars Han Solo's backstory will fall more in line with the latter.

As he is wont to do, Han has cheesed off a number of nasty people and even with Jabba the Hutt out of the picture the loveable rogue continues to live a life on the run. Apparently, the Han and Chewie we see in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are going to be very similar to the pair we first met in Star Wars: A New Hope. They're down on their luck and looking to do anything they can to survive.

Rumor has it, just days before the opening scenes of The Force Awakens, Han and Chewie have a run in with a particularly nasty bunch who are after the Falcon. Unfortunately for our rogues, they lose ownership of their beloved Corellian Freighter, hence the reunion we say in the trailer.

Now, I admit that this is merely a rumor, but if it was true I would feel a little cheated. Is it really possible to have an emotional reunion (one that makes grown men cry no less) with something or someone you have only been separated from for a few days? Hopefully that's one element of the rumor that is incorrect and the pair have been separated with their ship for a good deal longer.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in theaters on December 18th

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