Even with a new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer having dropped last night and a building excitement over what will be the first spin-off film of the Star Wars series, there are those of us who can't help but be that much more excited about the next spin-off in development: the Han Solo standalone film. As the character most often ranked as the favorite of Star Wars fans, we'll take any bit of info we can gather around the untitled film to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Casting is settled for our young Han Solo in Alden Ehrenreich and yesterday news broke that Han's conniving best bud Lando Calrissian will be another character in the film — let the fan casting begin! (Donald Glover, anyone?) Considering Han acquired his infamous ship the Millennium Falcon in a gambling game with Lando, I expect we'll see that scene in the secretive script from Jon Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan.
Here are just a few other elements any film about young Han Solo should consider including:
This planet where Han Solo was born is one never visited in a previous Star Wars film. Known as a planet of ace pilots (Wedge Antilles is also from here), Corellia just might be where we'll see exactly how Han Solo became the great pilot we know and love. It's also where he was orphaned at a young age and worked his way up as a scrappy smuggler, living outside the laws of the Galactic Empire. Han won the Millenium Falcon from Lando in a game of "Corellian Spike." Here's hoping the game makes for a lively action sequence on this intriguing planet.
It's hard to imagine Han Solo without his trusty sidekick. In last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens the two were seen to be inseparable even after all these years. It's only right that we get to see exactly how these two first met, especially since Chewie claims to owe Han a life debt. Plus, it would be interesting to learn how it is Han knows how to speak Wookie so well.
3. Jabba The Hutt
Han's former employer first appears in Return of the Jedi where he displays Han's carbonite-encased body in his lair of lewd entertainment and shady dealings. Han worked for him before we meet him in A New Hope and it would be interesting to see not only how Han came to be employed by this intergalactic space slug, but also how the thriving thug worked his way up to such a high place of power as leader of the Hutt Clan. Maybe he wasn't always quite so, um, big-boned?
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Say it with me now: "You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs." Is there anyone who doesn't love Han Solo and his snarky reply to Luke scoffing at his ship's abilities? It seems only fair we get to see what it is Han's been bragging about all these years. Kessel is a planet whose main export is spices and the Kessel Run Han refers to is the route smugglers take to illegally transport those spices off the planet to their buyers. Considering there is much debate over what exactly a "parsec" is and if Han is bragging about time or distance, this film could show us the planet, the famed run, and clarify just exactly what Han has been bragging about all these years.
5. Sana Starros
This one is a bit out there since Sana Starros is a character introduced in Marvel's Star Wars comic book series. But Marvel is Disney and Disney is Star Wars, so there's a sincere possibility she's introduced in Han's backstory. In brief, Sana claims to have been married to Han as part of a robbery scheme in the years before Han joined Luke and Leia against the Empire. Her appearance in the comics is after Han and Leia are happily together (you can imagine Leia isn't keen on meeting her), but in a film about young Han Solo, she could make for an intriguing love interest, not to mention up his alley as far as petty thieves go. Perhaps we'll get to see what they intended to rob, or even a fake wedding ceremony that will come back to bite Han in the butt years later.
There's plenty the Han Solo anthology film could include, but these 5 things (along with Lando) would go a long way in making fans of the space cowboy extra happy.
Anything you especially want to see in the Han Solo film?