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With the arrival in theaters of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens very much on the horizon, it's getting towards the time where we have to look a little more closely at what's coming after. Sure, Episode VIII'll be here in 2017, but between now and then - most likely in 2016 - we're set to see something pretty much just as exciting: a standalone Star Wars spin-off.

The first one we're set to see was just confirmed to be Star Wars: Rogue One, a Rogue Squadron-centric take on the Star Wars universe directed by Gareth Edwards, and starring Felicity Jones. What comes next, though, remains a mystery...

I've talked elsewhere about the possibility of that spin-off featuring Boba Fett, and just what that'd entail - but the rumor mill has also, in recent months, suggested that we could soon be set to see a standalone film starring Han Solo himself.

And, if so, there's whole lot of back-story hanging around in the now non-canon (but still highly influential) Star Wars Expanded Universe that might just give us a clue as to what to expect.

For instance:

Han Was Basically Oliver Twist

Or, at least, he was an orphan - born on the planet of Corellia - who was taken in at a young age by a group of thieving vagabonds and smugglers, led by a man named Garris Shrike. Under Shrike's tutelage, Solo became an adept sneak-thief, and, soon...

He Was Taken in By a Wookiee

Ever wondered why Han and Chewie were so close? Well, it probably had something to do with the fact that Han was largely raised by Shrike's ship's cook, a Wookiee named Dewlanna - which is also why he understood the Wookiee language Shyriiwook so fluently. Later, though, Han would discover that...

He Was Descended from a Long Line of Solos

Including, many years earlier, a king of Corellia named Berethron e Solo, who had introduced democracy to the planet and its environs. Shrike, though, kept him away from his surviving family, and he didn't discover anything much about his actual parents until he was an adult. Soon enough, though...

Han Became a Well Known Swoop-Racer

To get an idea of what a swoop-racer is, imagine a cross between a pod-racer and one of the speeder bikes from Return of the Jedi - but either way, Han sure was good at racing them. He also won a Hunger Games-esque organized brawl while imprisoned for cheating at cards, proving that his talent for getting into trouble was developed at a young age. Before long...

He Escaped Shrike...and Joined the Imperial Navy

Yup, that's right - Han Solo studied at the Imperial Academy of Carida, graduating top of his class as a Lieutenant in the Imperial Navy. It didn't take too long before his morality got the better of him, though, when...

He Came Across an Enslaved Chewbacca

Ordered by his commanding officer to skin the Wookiee alive, Han rebelled, and was put to work alongside him. When, shortly after, the same commander attempted to kill Chewbacca, Han saved him, and was dishonorably discharged from the Imperial Navy, returning to his life as a smuggler, at which point...

He Taught Lando Calrissian How to Pilot the Millennium Falcon

Because, after all, it was originally Lando's. The pair remained friends throughout their time as smugglers, even when they both reached the finals of the Cloud City Sabacc Tournament, and Han won the Falcon from Lando. Later, though, things got a little weird...

He and Chewbacca Accidentally Started a Religion

Known as the Cult of Varn, the pair inadvertently started the belief system when they briefly ran a holo-theater on the desert planet of Kamar. Unbeknownst to them, the locals began to believe that the theater's only offering - a documentary called Varn: World of Water - was in fact a vision of a fantastic watery afterlife. The only problem? When Han and Chewie replaced the film with the lighter fare Love is Waiting, the locals rioted, chasing them off the planet and adding Han to their religion as the nefarious Solohan the Deceiver...

And then, finally, before the Original Trilogy kicked in...

Han Made the Kessel Run in Less Than 12 Parsecs...But Only Because He Had Gotten in too Deep with Jabba the Hutt

Han and Jabba had long had a fruitful working relationship, but when Solo was forced to dump a load of glitterstim (a spice-based drug) when he was boarded by an Imperial patrol, the crime-lord quickly turned on him.

That famously quick Kessel Run, then? Well, for one thing, it wasn't 'quick' at all, but rather shorter. The 'run' was usually 18 parsecs in distance, but Han and Chewie managed to cut it down to 12 by flying closer than was strictly wise to a Black Hole. The other key thing? They were only doing it as part of a failed attempt to recover the spice.

And, then, the duo picked up Luke, Obi Wan and the droids, and the rest is Galactic history...

What do you think, though? What details of Han's Expanded Universe history could we see in a solo movie? Do you even want to see a stand-alone movie get made? Are there others you'd rather see?

via Wookieepedia

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