While most eyes are on the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story or the currently filming Star Wars: Episode VIII, we're mostly curious about the movie that follows both of them, telling the story of a young Han Solo. News that the directors of the film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will be in attendance at Star Wars Celebration Europe means that we might actually get some questions answered about the movie, and possibly the enigmatic Han Solo himself.
While we got to know Han Solo very well over the course of the movies that we saw, we got almost nothing about what his life was like before Luke and Obi-Wan sat down with him at the Mos Eisley cantina. Here are the questions that we hope we get answered in the new Han Solo movie.
How Did Han And Chewie Meet?
There may be no more endearing relationship in the entire Star Wars saga than the one between Han Solo and Chewbacca. We see them go through everything together, right up until the end. We can tell the two have been together for a long time, but exactly what brought them together is still a mystery. We know that Chewbacca will be in the film, so we're hoping that the two aren't already partnered up when the film opens. We want to see what made the two so close.
How Does Han Become A Smuggler?
Generally speaking, professional smuggling is an unusual profession. While the galaxy far, far, away is an alien place, we doubt there are schools for such things. It's also highly unusual that a child would want to be a smuggler when they grew up. So how does Han Solo get into the business? Is he forced into it against his will? That's not likely, since he doesn't seem to have a problem with the job when we meet him. Is he looking for a way to make easy money? There a number of possible scenarios, so we're curious to see what happened.
How Do You Complete The Kessel Run In Less Than 12 Parsecs?
It's a line that has become one of the funnier jokes among Star Wars fans. When we first meet Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope he informs us that the Millennium Falcon is "the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs." The problem is that a parsec is a measurement of distance, not time. How does a spacecraft possibly travel from one place to another while covering less distance? The word parsec is used correctly in other parts of the movies, so we know it's not a translation issue. The Star Wars Expanded Universe has come up with solutions to this problem, but as they're no longer canon, will this ever be explained officially? Will we see Han make the Kessel Run?
Why Is Han Such A Jerk?
When we meet Han Solo for the first time, he's not a nice person. He's only convinced to help Luke and Obi-Wan because they're willing to pay him an obscene amount of money. Even after realizing what the Empire is planning, he just wants to get paid. He eventually warms up and joins the Rebel Alliance so we know he's not all bad. More than likely, something happened to him to make him so cold and pragmatic. We're more than a little worried that the Han Solo movie is not going to have a happy ending.
How Did Han Win The Falcon From Lando?
In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, it is revealed that Han Solo got the Millennium Falcon by winning it from Lando Calrissian. While the Expanded Universe has, once again, dealt with this question, that doesn't mean the film will use the same scenario. We can see Han getting his hands on the Millennium Falcon as a major scene in the movie. It's the Star Wars equivalent of Arthur pulling the sword from the stone. We're also curious about Han and Lando's early relationship. We get the impression that the two have not always been friends. Is Lando losing the ship just the risk one takes with gambling, or is he really unhappy when it happens?
Does Han Solo Have Any Family?
When George Lucas named Han Solo, he didn't do so randomly. His last name exists to tell the audience that this is a man who lives and works alone. He only has the one friend. So, does Han Solo have any family? Does he have brothers or sisters? Certainly, he must have had parents at one time, even if they left his life early on. Did he leave his family behind? Did they all die when he was a child, leaving him orphaned? Answers to these questions may go a long way to helping to explain not only Han's character when we first meet him, but why he ultimately embraces his new family in the Rebel Alliance once he finds them.