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Ben Jay

Last week, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards confirmed that the galaxy's favorite scruffy looking nerf-herder, Han Solo would NOT be appearing in the first installment of the new Star Wars anthology, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. "I’m not sure if I’m allowed to do this, but I think I should…I can put to bed, Han Solo is not in the movie," director Gareth Edwards recently told Extra.

Now, you can understand why people thought there would be a cameo from the lovable smuggler in Rogue One. News has recently broken that Alden Ehrenreich will portray a young Han Solo in his own spin-off movie, due to be released in 2018. This coupled with the fact there had been some re-shoots for some scenes in the Rouge One. But here are four reasons why not having a Han Solo cameo is a good idea:

1. It Just Wouldn't Make Sense

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set before the events of Episode IV: A New Hope (ANH). The main thing with Han in ANH was his reluctance to take part in the rebellion, it was only in this film that Solo began to carve his way into hero status. So if Han Solo, was to appear in Rogue One trading blows with the imperial forces alongside the rebels, it would totally just dislodge the story of Ep IV and leave us all scratching our heads.

2. It Gives A Chance For Someone Else To Take The Reins

The fact that there will be very few characters in Rouge One that are in the original trilogy. Paves the way for someone else to take the lead and become a new fan favorite. For decades now, the Star Wars Universe has been tied together by only a handful of characters. So, for Han not to appear allows the universe to explore new characters, new species etc. An appearance from Han Solo, may take the light away from other potential shining characters, such as Jyn Erso.

3. It Would Be Too Coincidental

The Star Wars galaxy, according to Star Wars site 'Wookieepedia' spans over 100,000 light years. So what are the chances of Han just randomly bumping into Jyn Erso and her pals somewhere along the way? Star Wars often use coincidental meetings for scenes or for story-lines e.g the Yoda/Chewie meet in Ep III, Finn meets Rey in Ep VII, Han and chewie meet Rey and Finn in Ep VII, the list goes on...

4. It Makes Rogue One Original

The cast and crew of Rogue One have explained already this is an original film. So to include Han Solo, as well as the already confirmed Sith Lord, Darth Vader, would bring Rogue One too close to the main franchise. In my opinion, it will be refreshing to have a new, original film. Rogue One is going to branch out the Star Wars universe, with never seen before planets and characters.

For those of you who are severely disappointed that the nerf-herder and his big, fuzzball pal won't be returning to our screens at the end of the year. There is a "New Hope" for you: Alden Ehrenreich will make his debut as a young Han Solo in 2018, not light years away.

Do you think Rogue One is right to not have a cameo from Han Solo? Comment below with your thoughts.

Rouge One: A Star Wars Story will hit cinemas December 16th 2016.


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