Tuesday, 23 August 2016

No Han Solo in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Even before the recent confirmation of Alden Ehrenreich's (Hail, Caesar!) casting as the younger version of everyone's favorite interstellar smuggler Han Solo, there was speculation that given standalone Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's timeline, we might see him crop up alongside Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and the rest. But Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) has recently shot the rumour down.

Talking to Extra TV, a shifty looking Edwards – presumably for fear of Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures bosses throwing a thermal detonator his way if he spilled too much information – tackled the subject. "I can put it to bed," he told Extra TV, but wouldn't be drawn on anything else, including exactly when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finishes in relation to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, who is a little freer to talk about such things, addressed that question and also answered about the much less likely matter of Hayden Christensen showing up in the movie. "No. That is not true. I can confirm that he is not," she said, before doubly confirming that Han Solo won't show up either.

Darth Vader, however, has been confirmed, but there will be someone else in the suit and James Earl Jones once more on iconic voice duty.

So now we know we will have to wait until the standalone young Han Solo movie to first meet Ehrenreich's interpretation of the hero, unless everyone has been lying and he casually strolls through the background of a scene talking to a familiar walking carpet. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be out in UK cinemas on 16 December.

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