As we draw ever nearer to 2018 and the standalone Han Solo film (A Star Wars Story), more and more behind the scenes tidbits are beginning to surface regarding everyone’s favorite lovable scoundrel…
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What if I were to tell you that Han Solo’s origin story almost began on the planet of Kashyyyk — Chewbacca’s home world — during Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith? And, what if I were to furthermore to tell you that a ten year-old Han, had been adopted by Chewbacca, and the lad had interactions with Jedi Master Yoda during the pivotal Battle for Kashyyyk…would you spit your blue milk through your nose holes?
Well set the cups down, my friends, because according to Den of Geek, that’s exactly how George Lucas intended it to happen, in the Prequel Trilogy.
"“It’s not in the script anymore,” explained concept artist Iain McCaig in the Revenge of the Sith art-of book, “but we were told that Han Solo was on Kashyyyk and that he was being raised by Chewbacca. He’s such a persnickety guy later on – he always has to have the best of everything – so I thought it’d be great if when he was a kid, he was an absolute slob.”"
I’m not sure how I feel about a father/son relationship between Han and Chewie, especially since the two have such a great buddy or best friend dynamic. To try and imagine Chewbacca raising Han, and then seeing Han talking to Chewbacca the way he does in the Original Trilogy — that busting balls/buddy dynamic — is completely opposite of the nurturing father/son relationship one would expect of the Wookies.
Then there’s that whole bit about Han not believing in the Force, in A New Hope. Well, if that was the case, then Yoda couldn’t of had much of an impact on him…but in Lucas’ scrapped-script, this happened:
"“Solo was to utter about finding a scrap bit of droid would have been directed at the pointy-eared Jedi master, who was to have been hunting around on Kashyyyk for clues as to General Grievous’ whereabouts.“Good, good,” Yoda would have replied. “Track this we can back to the source. Find General Grievous, we might…”"
Just more continuity problems from George Lucas, and proof positive on why the prequels had so many failures. At least this didn’t actually make it into Episode III (arguably the best of the PT). I personally am a Prequel Trilogy fan…they do have their fare share of problems, and yes there are some poorly directed and written scenes/lines/characters, but over all they are still Star Wars films that have their place in the pantheon on the greatest film saga of all time.
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