March 23, 2017


Young Han Solo 'Star Wars' Movie Will Span 6 Years, Reveal 'How He Got His Name' (?!)

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images

If the powers that be don't want you to have Star Wars details, you're not getting Star Wars details. So today's an intergalactic holiday, because Disney CEO Bob Iger dropped a few thermal detonators about Young Han Solo: The Movie – A Star Wars Story (working title, exclusively in my brain and this post).

Hail, Caesar!'s Alden Ehrenreich will portray Solo for the six years (!) from ages 18 to 24. Harrison Ford's version we meet in 1977's A New Hope is 29, "which means," Slashfilm points out, "there’s another five years of criminal mischief going on before we even get to the original trilogy (which means plenty of room for more solo Solo movies)."

Of the story itself, Iger revealed in today's interview, "There are a few significant things that happen in Han Solo’s life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee [editor's note: CHEWBACCAAAAA!] that will happen in this film. But you will also discover how he got his name."

The measured take here is to assume Iger meant why Han's parents gave their li'l scruffy-looking nerf herder the name they gave him. The medium-hot take is that Iger means how Solo earned his reputation as one of the galaxy's most infamous smugglers. Or Han Solo really could be an assumed name. Is this a Breaking Bad/Saul Goodman situation, where the wonderfully named character we know and love actually chose the moniker himself to escape a dark past? Considering that Han seems to have been on the run from bounty hunters and criminal syndicates for the majority of the life, it's highly likely.

By the way: Woody Harrelson told Jimmy Fallon last night that his mentor/criminal character is named Beckett. He's co-starring alongside Donald Glover, Michael Kenneth Williams, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Iger also spoke about what comes after the third Skywalker trilogy wraps in 2019. "We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX," he mused. "About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories."

Fifteen years is an exciting figure (or exhausting, if you're a hater?), and it jibes with what we'd heard just before The Force Awakens resurrected the franchise. A Wired article called "You Won't Live to See the Final Star Wars Movie" promised that "the company intends to put out a new Star Wars movie every year for as long as people will buy tickets.

All right, now let's nerd out together at New York Comic Con 2016 via the video below, shall we?