The decision to give [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) entirely new protagonists was a stroke of genius, and is one of the many things that will elevate Star Wars Episode 7 above the likes of the prequel trilogy. It puts a fresh new face on a series that desperately needs to sell its originality once more. Sure we can talk about coherency of canon, and the bringing back of Harrison Ford as Han Solo, but it's here in which the real prowess of Star Wars Episode 7 is forged! For extra on info Finn the Stormtrooper in particular, check out my article on him here!
The Leaked Han Solo Photo
The latest in a long line of leaks depicted Harrison Ford seemingly at the helm of the Millennium Falcon with Finn and Rey, played respectively by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. Although I'm not usually one for leaked information drip feeding a fandom and spoiling imagery and narrative beats to come, it's nice to see a photo like this confirm that yes, these characters are operating within the same universe, and exist within the same story!
The first trailer for The Force Awakens contained so many disparate images, it almost seemed like JJ Abrams was chucking concept art into a tumble dryer! The second trailer to Star Wars Episode 7 fleshed things out a little more, but still ultimately boiled down to showing us images it knew we'd like. Strangely enough, this leaked photo does more to exhibit the actual story of The Force Awakens than either of the trailers. From this, we understand that Finn, Rey and Han Solo are likely all situated on the planet Jakku early in the film, and it seems they do indeed team up at some point.
Does Rey Now Own the Millennium Falcon?
So from this set photo, combined with the promotional material for Star Wars Episode 7, I've developed the idea that Daisy Ridley's character, Rey, may be the new owner of the Millennium Falcon by the time The Force Awakens rolls around. My reasoning goes like this.
- Rey is said to be a scavenger on Jakku.
- The Millennium Falcon is clearly shown battling TIE Fighters on a desert planet.
- Han Solo's line at the end of the trailer for Star Wars Episode 7.
Perhaps I could be wrong, but the character of Rey looks pretty at home in the photo that depicts she, Finn the Stormtrooper and Han Solo in the cockpit together. While Harrison Ford appears to be sat on the side he was always on in the original trilogy, I can't help but suspect that Rey could have lived a scavenger life style on Jakku, before eventually salvaging the Millennium Flacon for herself. Han Solo's line in Return on the Jedi takes on a different light when you look at it like this.
I just got a funny feeling, like I'm never gonna see her again.
Yeah maybe you were right, Han! His "Chewie, we're home" line also adds to the idea that he's been apart from the Millennium Falcon for some time. The one thing that complicates this theory is the rumor that Daisy Ridley is in fact playing the daughter of Han Solo and Leia. If that's the case, then perhaps it's a kind of loan situation, like when your dad lets you drive his old car right after you get your license. Considering that car is one of the most iconic space crafts ever put to film, Han Solo is a pretty cool dad!