The release of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) is only two months away, and the speculation about what could happen in the film is ramping up to a fever pitch.
Director J.J. Abrams has long been known to be very secretive about his movies. Super8 and Star Trek into Darkness are only two examples of the tremendous lengths he goes to in order to surprise his audience.
When it comes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of the main questions people have about it are who are these young, new cast members? In particular, characters Finn (John Boyega), a renegade Stormtrooper, and Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger on Jakku, are especially mysterious since Abrams has point blank refused to release their surnames, saying:
“I will only say about that that it is completely intentional that their last names aren’t public record.”
This seems to imply that Finn and Rey could be related to someone from the Star Wars universe that the audience will recognize. And just recently, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has gone on the record, saying:
“The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga. The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and a variety of genres inside the Star Wars universe.”
Her quote seemingly implies that someone among the young cast is a Skywalker, and the most popular theories suggest that either Rey and/or the cross-saber wielding Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) could fit the bill. But that is not the possible generational connection we want to talk about today.
Today, we’re looking at Finn and whether or not he’s is related to another established Star Wars character: Han Solo. Since John Boyega is an actor of color it has been widely speculated that he’s related to either Mace Windu or Lando Calrissian, two of very few, canon black characters within the Star Wars universe.
But Marvel’s Star Wars comic is also part of the official canon and recently revealed a shocking truth about Han Solo: he has a wife and it’s not Princess Leia. In 'Star Wars #8,' a black woman going by “Sana Solo” is introduced and she’s a bounty hunter claiming to be Han’s wife, something that Han doesn’t outright deny. Much of the scene takes place under threat of Imperial attack, so there hasn’t been adequate time to hear the full explanation—at least not yet.
Now, this all could very well be a coincidence and have nothing to do with Finn or Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But it does at least suggest the possibility that Finn could be the son Han Solo never knew he had. If his last name is being withheld for a reason, and that reason is it’s a name we’ll recognize -- and considering there has been no announcement of either Samuel Jackson or Billie Dee Williams appearing in Episode VI -- then there’s every possibility Finn is a Solo.