Warning: So many Spoilers
While our beloved nerf-herder, smuggler extraordinaire, and all around swag king Han Solo flies the galaxy no more, his legacy will live on in the second standalone Star Wars film. The as of yet untitled Han Solo installment is set to premiere May 25, 2018. The film will star up and comer Alden Ehrenreich (Blue Jasmine, Hail, Ceaser).
Ehrenreich, who will take up the mantle from the great Harrison Ford, was discovered by filmmaking legend Steven Spielberg at a friend’s Bar Mitzvah, and received critical acclaim for his first film role in Francis Ford Coppala’s Tetro. Given Spielberg’s track record for spotting good talent, and his own work with Ford, audiences can hope that Ehrenreich will fill Ford’s boots comfortably.
While the fresh-faced actor can grow a decent bit of scruff, fans are still wondering what to expect from the upcoming stand alone, and just what version of Han Solo they are going to get.
While a generation of fans have grown up with the ‘shoots in self-defense’ version of Solo created by the digital remastering released in 1997, many life long fans argue that the ‘Shoots first’ variety is preferable. But, does it really matter who shot first? Here at Grizzly Bomb you will get a resounding “YES!!” possibly followed by a slap in the face.
In the unaltered version of the first of its name, Star Wars : A New Hope, Solo is introduced to the audience as a hard-hearted mercenary, a man who will shoot you down cold in the middle of a greasy bar and not give a single fuck. He’s a (drug?) smuggler, a skeptic, whose partner will literally rip your arms off.
And yet, in the end, even he can not resist the pull of the light, and the need to bring justice to the corrupt empire. ‘Shot First’ fans will tell you, often in great detail, that this is key to the story as a whole, that Solo’s transformation demonstrates in and of itself the hope returning to the galaxy as the rebellion fights back, and the Jedi return to the fray.
Since the digital remastering of the original trilogy is now classified as canon, and Disney had taken ownership of the franchise, some worry we are more likely to see a softer Solo, one who might only return fire.
The film is being directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, best known for their work on The Lego Movie, and the new 21 Jump Street Franchise, the pair are certain to bring a healthy dose of humor and classic Solo wise-cracking to the project, but will they soften the character too much?
Also no mention yet, as per freaking usual, of our favorite Wookie, Chewbacca. Ancient legends no longer considered canon tell a tale of rescue, in which an Imperial Naval Officer Solo saves the Wookie from death, leaving the two to go on the run, and eventually take up a life of crime. In the new canon Chewie is an old friend to the Jedi, having helped a younger Yoda escape the mind controlled clone army in Star Wars : Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Is this the Wookie Solo will team up with? We only have to wait two years to find out.
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