Rumor Busted: Han Solo Will Not Appear in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

Rumor Busted: Han Solo Will Not Appear in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

Jul 28, 2016

For months now it's been rumored that the new Han Solo -- just revealed to be Alden Ehrenreich earlier this month at Star Wars Celebration Europe -- will have a cameo in December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Further fueling those rumors was word of a few weeks of reshoots on the film, which many assumed would include the Solo cameo, ahead of his own currently untitled spin-off due out on May 25, 2018.

Not so fast, says Rogue One director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, both of whom have now confirmed that there will be no such cameo in Rogue One.

Speaking to Extra, Edwards shot down the rumor. "I’m not sure if I’m allowed to do this, but I think I should,” he said. “I can put to bed, Han Solo is not in the movie.” Kennedy later followed him up by adding, "No, I can confirm that." Kennedy also squashed a rumor that Hayden Christensen would reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker in the film, too.

While we're just as antsy to see the new Han Solo do his thing, we definitely think it's smart not to include him in Rogue One, partly because we're still celebrating Ford's latest reprisal of the character in last year's The Force Awakens, but also because he's such a big figure in Star Wars lore that it doesn't make sense to throw him into the background of a scene just for the hell of it -- or to Star Wars-y it up a little more.

When we see Ehrenreich take over the Han Solo mantle for the first time, it should be in his own movie. This way there's more to work with; more to help convince audiences that they made the right decision to recast and reboot one of the most popular movie characters ever.

As for Rogue One itself, we're likely on the cusp of a new trailer arriving, perhaps attached to Disney's Pete's Dragon, or to coincide with the film's toy launch this September. During Star Wars Celebration Europe, we were lucky enough to see what we assume is a part of that new trailer, which concludes with Darth Vader's shadow standing menacingly over a red radar screen. 

Though we can't show you that, we can show you the great behind-the-scenes reel that also premiered at Celebration. This will have to hold you over till the next tease. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16.

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