Yesterday Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm were also developing stand-alone character-centric spin-off Star Wars films in addition to the previously announced third trilogy of the Skywalker saga (Episodes VII-IV). Earlier today it was revealed that one of the spin-off standalone movies would follow a young Han Solo, set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. What would young Han Solo even look like? We might have a good idea, as Lucasfilm created concept designs of the character in the early 2000s for a brief segment that was cut from Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Thats right, young Han Solo was originally set to appear in the last Star Wars prequel. George Lucas wanted to include a young Han Solo in Revenge of the Sith, but due to the timeline of that film, the character was only to be about ten years old. This idea made it far along in the development process. He appeared, complete with dialogue, in the Kashyyyk battle scenes of the rough draft of the screenplay. Lucasfilm even had concept art approved. Solo’s role was to be a helpful kid who helps find the elusive General Grievous’ location.
Now, just because this concept art focused on a much younger Han than will likely appear in a new film that’s not to say that it can’t be used as a template for how he’ll turn out in the film. While I’m still not crazy about the idea of so many new Star Wars films coming down the pipeline, I can’t help but be interested to see how all of this will turn out. It was neat to see what Darth Vader was like as a kid in Star Wars: Episodes 1-3, even if I didn’t love the young version of Annakin Skywalker too much. Here’s hoping they get young Han Solo more right.