[WARNING: This article contains possible Star Wars SPOILERS.]
Arguably the most popular character in the Star Wars universe, Han Solo is set to make a triumphant return to the big screen in J.J. Abrams’ (still untitled) Episode VII. Earlier reports stated that Harrison Ford would have a “gigantic” part in the sequel, which was in line with the rumors that script rewrites had expanded the roles of the Original Trilogy actors (including Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher).As filming is set to resume following Ford’s recovery from a broken leg, we now have an idea of what Captain Solo might look like in Episode VII, as well as some interesting rumored details surrounding the character.
Indie Revolver has revealed Han Solo concept art for the film, which showcases two distinct costumes Ford is allegedly wearing. One outfit is very similar to the getup Solo wore on the ice planet Hoth during The Empire Strikes Back, while the other bears some resemblance to something one would see a Rebel officer don on Endor or Yavin IV.
One other interesting aspect is that both costumes have a second blaster holster on the belt, indicating Solo might use two guns in the movie.
The rumored Episode VII plot currently involves Daisy Ridley and John Boyega’s characters discovering a lost lightsaber and embarking on a journey for AWOL Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, who disappeared following the events of Return of the Jedi. If that’s the case, it would be very plausible for Han, Leia and Chewie to accompany the youngsters on the search for their old friend.
Their quest could theoretically span multiple parts of the galaxy (since nobody knows where Luke went off to), leading to Abrams’ costume department designing different apparel for Ford.
Part of the film’s production took place in Iceland, causing some to speculate that Hoth would once again be seen. However, Badass Digest is reporting that it’s a different “ice and forest” planet where the bad guys are building a “superweapon.”
Meanwhile, Badass is also reporting certain story details surrounding Solo in Episode VII. Their sources say that not only does he hold a lightsaber again (recalling the Hoth sequence in Empire), but he is no longer the captain of the Millennium Falcon. No word on if a friendly game of sabacc takes place early on, but Badass believes that Oscar Isaac’s unnamed character is the new pilot of the iconic ship.
As for what Han’s riding these days, apparently he and Chewie got their hands on a Super Star Destroyer.
According to the Badass reports, Star Wars fans will also be treated to other familiar vehicles, as the family of TIE fighters (including the intercepter and remodeled bombers) is returning. Abrams has already shown off the new X-wing design, so maybe the conflict between the Rebels and the Empire still isn’t over after all these years.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be in theaters December 18, 2015.
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