The Star Wars news hit full steam this week with not only official word that there will be various spin-off movies in addition to the three sequels planned, but also that two of those movies would focus on Boba Fett and a young Han Solo. It's a lot of information to consume, and the geeks of the online world are overdosing on the potential positive and negative outcomes these projects will produce.
Mainly people are all up in the face of this Han Solo movie, casting the role throughout the day while complaining and complaining and complaining about how there shouldn't be a Han Solo origin movie because no one is allowed to be Han Solo except Harrison Ford. To that I say let it go. If you can warm up to Chris Pine playing Captain Kirk and 47 different dudes playing James Bond, you can warm up to someone new playing a younger version of Han Solo, a character who last appeared on-screen almost 30 years ago.
And speaking of that young Han Solo, one thing you might not know about the Star Wars prequels is that George Lucas originally wanted to have a younger version of the vest-rockin' smuggler make a cameo in Revenge of the Sith. He only had one line, and apparently was supposed to be some disheveled punk (not unlike Anakin from The Phantom Menace) who assists Yoda in tracking down General Grievous. Thankfully this random pointless cameo never happened (could you imagine the fan reaction?), even though the parts with Solo in it made it all the way to the concept art stage. Here's what artist Iain McCraig handed in to Lucasfilm, a vision of what a very young Han Solo might look like, courtesy of /Film.
And here's what McCraig said about the cameo in the book The Art of Revenge of the Sith: "It’s not in the script anymore, but we were told that Han Solo was on Kashyyyk and that he was being raised by Chewbacca. He’s such a persnickety guy later on – he always has to have the best of everything – so I thought it’d be great if when he was a kid, he was an absolute slob."
Raised by Chewbacca! We smell ABC's next sitcom. Anyway, most likely the new young Han Solo movie will introduce an older Solo, one who's closer to the guy we meet in the first Star Wars movie (Episode IV) and not Anakin: Part Two. What do you think? Would you have enjoyed this Solo cameo in Revenge of the Sith?
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