Han Solo
Han Solo
Real-world information
Portrayed by

Harrison Ford (IVVII)

First appearance

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Fictional information

Rebel Alliance

  • Smuggler
  • Millennium Falcon captain
  • Rebel General




"You like me because I'm a scoundrel."
―Han Solo[src]

Han Solo (portrayed by Harrison Ford) is a protagonist in the original trilogy. He first appeared in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and returned for the rest of the trilogy. Han will be returning for Star Wars Episode VII, and is rumored to be the main character of a stand-alone film.

Fictionally, Han began as captain of the Millennium Falcon, where he and his first mate, Chewbacca, worked as smugglers for crime kingpin Jabba the Hutt. During A New Hope, he helped Luke Skywalker rescue Princess Leia from the Death Star, which he was later instrumental in destroying. He went on to fight with the Rebel Alliance for many years, where he fell in love with Princess Leia. After being frozen in carbonite on Cloud City, Han was rescued from Jabba the Hutt by his friends. Shortly thereafter, now-General Han Solo fought in the Battle of Endor and helped destroy the second Death Star, leading to the defeat of the Galactic Empire.

Years later, Han and Chewbacca found the long-lost Millennium Falcon along with a scavenger named Rey, a rogue Stormtrooper named Finn and a BB-8 droid containing a piece of a map to missing Jedi Master Luke's location. Han was reunited with Leia, now a General for the Resistance and promised to help bring their son Ben home. During the invasion of the Starkiller Base, Han is killed by Kylo while attempting to help bring out the light side of his internal conflict.

Rumored involvement in upcoming filmsEdit

Star Wars Episode VIIEdit

The return of Han Solo for a potential sequel trilogy had been rumored since the 1980s, during a time when George Lucas openly talked about the possibility of nine films.[1] Once the trilogy was officially announced on October 30, 2012, much of the media speculation surrounding the films centered on the potential return of Han Solo, as well as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. Mark Hamill, who played Luke, has himself acknowledged that he and the other actors have been in talks with The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm about returning,[2] though Harrison Ford himself has been tight-lipped about his potential return as Han Solo.[3] According to Lucas, the studio is negotiating with the actors, and he believes Han Solo will return.[4]

Throughout the years, some vague plot ideas have been suggested by Lucas about what Han's role could be. In May 1983, TIME writer Denise Worrell reported, and later published in her book Icons: Intimate Portraits, that Lucas had talked about what an older Han's role might be in the sequels. He said, "Han Solo and Leia would be together. They might be married, or not. We have never actually discussed marriage in the galaxy. I don't even know if it exists yet. Who knows what relationship they will have? I mean, they're together, let's put it that way."[1]

Harrison Ford They should have killed Han Solo

Harrison Ford They should have killed Han Solo

"I thought he should've died in [Return of the Jedi]."

In November 2010, Ford was asked about a potential return for Han Solo and said, "I don't think there's a way to weave him back in the story. And besides which, as a character, he was not so interesting to me. I thought he should've died in [Return of the Jedi] just to give it some bottom." However, he joked that George Lucas "didn't think there was any future in dead Han toys."[5] However, Ford has since indicated that he would be willing to return for Episode VII.[6]

Despite past statements about Han's role, none are confirmed to be actual plot points in the sequels. What is known is that the script for Episode VII is based on an original story treatment that Lucas has written, and not an adaptation of any existing Expanded Universe story.[7]

Spinoff filmEdit

"A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler's origin story..."
Entertainment Weekly reporting on a Han Solo film[src]

On February 6, 2013, Entertainment Weekly reported they had learned that Disney and Lucasfilm would be producing a young Han Solo film. The film would focus on "the wisecracking smuggler's origin story" and would be set between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. According to the report, this would necessitate casting a new actor for the role of Han Solo due to Ford's age—though EW did speculate that Ford could be used as a framing device to bookend the film.[8]

Official canon appearancesEdit

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