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While the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers that we’ve seen so far have given us glimpses at a lot of amazing stuff, there is one moment in particular that really stands out: Han Solo and Chewbacca’s arrival on deck the Millennium Falcon, and the pronouncement, "We’re home." That scene has been dropping jaws for months now, but it turns out that it also had the same effect on the crew when the movie was being shot.
In a story detailing the return of Harrison Ford to the Star Wars franchise, Entertainment Weekly has revealed a wonderful quote from Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy about the moment on set when Han Solo and Peter Mayhew's Chewbacca first step on to the Millennium Falcon in the film. It turns out that it was not a great day for productivity, as she explained,
Every single person on the set was stunned. I remember turning around, and there must have been 200 people gathered behind me — completely quiet. I didn’t even know they were there. The whole crew had stopped working, staring at the monitor, because it was so iconic.
Surely the experience of working on a Star Wars movie must have been a thrill for everyone on the crew, but can anyone really blame them from being stunned by Han Solo and Chewie’s homecoming? It’s been multiple decades since we’ve seen these two characters in the legendary spaceship, and it must have been a hell of a thing to see actually happen in real life.
Just to reinforce my point, watch the Star Wars Celebration trailer once again below, and tell me that you don’t get goosebumps in the final moments:
At this point, we know that Han Solo and Chewbacca will both be back and in action in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the reality is that we actually know very little about how they actually fit into the film’s plot (whatever that may be). Rumors have said that the movie will begin with the characters having not stepped foot aboard the Millennium Falcon in years, having somehow managed to lose it after the events of Return of the Jedi (maybe Lando decided to not give it back?). We also don’t know if he is still in a relationship with Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia – though one hopes that J.J. Abrams hasn’t torn those two apart.
We still have many questions about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and we’re excited to learn all of the answers when the film arrives in theaters on December 18th.