Sorry, folks. Young Han Solo won't be in ROGUE ONE after all

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Star Wars rumours are dime a dozen. Due to the fact that Disney/Lucasfilm keeps details of the upcoming films so insanely secretive, fans end up having to latch onto the smallest nugget of info to draw their own conclusions from. Because of this, rumours spring up all the time with many of them being pretty ridiculous. However one recent rumour actually made a whole lot of sense: Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo would get introduced via a cameo in director Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Narratively, this made a lot of sense, seeing as how Rogue One is set right before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and details the stealing of the Death Star plans that Princess Leia had in her possession in the beginning of the original film. This means that we know that Han is indeed hanging out in the near vicinity of all that action. On top of that, Rogue One infamously also underwent a whole bunch of reshoots. That would be the perfect time to sneak Ehrenreich, who was only cast after Rogue One was already well into production, into a couple of scenes. So yes, it makes a lot of sense.

It’s also complete nonsense. That’s according to Edwards himself who addressed the rumours when he spoke to ExtraTV.

“I’m not sure if I’m allowed to do this, but I think I should… I can put to bed, Han Solo is not in the movie.”

 

And if for some reason you don’t trust Edwards – he does have some sneaky looking eyes – then here’s Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy herself to tell you the same thing, and to also shut down one of those other previously mentioned ridiculous rumours that Hayden Christensen’s young Anakin Skywalker would also be showing up.

“No, that is not true. I can confirm that, he is not in it.”

 

Now of course it’s very possible that both Edwards and Kennedy are outright lying here and just playing the PR game to preserve a couple big surprising reveals from Rogue One. However, there’s just no way that Lucasfilm, and especially producer and Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams, is not cognizant of the hugely negative backlash the filmmaker faced when he blatantly lied to fans about character details in his Star Trek Into Darkness. I just can’t see them risking that kind of trouble again.

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And if that is the case, that means we’re going to have to wait even longer before we get our first official in-universe look Ehrenreich as our favourite scruffy looking nerf herder. As for Christensen’s Anakin? If I never see that that mopey child murderer’s wooden acting again, it would be too soon.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled for release on December 16.

Last Updated: July 28, 2016

Kervyn Cloete

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