Hints of Han’s EU past in Solo: A Star Wars Story?

Though the path of production for the Han Solo origin movie has not been smooth (what with changing directors, etc.), trailers and initial reports seem to say it is at least entertaining.

I have never been truly excited about Solo: A Star Wars Story simply because the stories I want to hear about young Han have already been told…in the EU.  The Star Wars Expanded Universe (now Legends) has several great novels featuring Han before the OT.

The Han Solo Trilogy

The Han Solo Trilogy by A.C. Crispin contains many of the expected plot points: Han meeting Chewbacca, winning the Millennium Falcon from Lando in a game of cards, losing a shipment of spice he was smuggling for Jabba, and eventually betraying Lando in such a way that Han anticipates a chilly reception later on Cloud City.  I’m sure Solo will contain all these elements as well, but the details may be slightly different.

A recent clip from the movie shows that one detail seems to align with Han’s EU backstory: his time in the Empire.  In The Paradise Snare, Han eventually achieves his youthful goal of entering the Imperial Academy to become a Navy pilot.  It seems that in Solo, Han also begins his career with the Imperial military, though it appears to be the army instead of the navy.  Check out io9’s article for further information.

Another hint comes from the soundtrack titles.  Check out track 16: “Into the Maw.”  This could potentially be a reference to Han’s famous record-setting Kessel Run.  The Han Solo Trilogy was used to retcon Han’s claim that he had made the Kessel Run in “less than twelve parsecs,” a parsec being a unit of distance, not time.  Oops.

But in the EU stories, Han was actually able to shave some distance off the Run by flying close to a cluster of black holes called the Maw, thereby warping time-space. (The Maw was also the site for the initial construction of the Death Star–what better place to hide your giant planet-killing weapon prototype than a cluster of black holes?)  So, the famous gaffe actually is correct, based on that explanation (sort of…don’t think about it too hard).  It seems possible that this is the explanation they are sticking with in Solo, and we’ll see a Kessel Run up against some black holes.

Also, how cool is it that John Williams got to compose a track for the movie?!

One last minor bit of convergence.  Before the Han Solo Trilogy was written, Han and Lando each had a trio of novellas about their adventures prior to the OT (which were incorporated in the later trilogy); I’ve never gotten all the way through them because, honestly, the books are a bit weird.  But in The Lando Calrissian Adventures, Lando’s co-pilot of the Falcon is a droid named Vuffi Raa.  It seems like this role will be filled in Solo by a droid named L3-37.  Although Vuffi Raa was not humanoid, so the two look nothing alike, there could still be some similarity of function or personality.

L3 and Lando

What parts of Han’s EU backstory are you hoping they keep?  What are you hoping they get rid of?  How many different ways can Han betray Lando? (I think the EU has at least three…)

10 thoughts on “Hints of Han’s EU past in Solo: A Star Wars Story?

  1. blogturtle May 19, 2018 / 8:52 am

    I was not eager to see Solo but the trailer does seem intriguing. The hardest part for me will be to accept this actor as a young Harrison Ford. Good post on his EU !

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    • Mei-Mei May 20, 2018 / 5:40 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, I haven’t made up my mind about the actor yet. But I’ll give the movie a chance at some point.

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  2. NovEllaandBanannabelle May 20, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    I didn’t know too much about Han’s back-story, so I’m glad you pulled together this information. I’m excited to see what the movie is like too.

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    • Mei-Mei May 20, 2018 / 6:48 pm

      We’ll see how similar the movie is to the old books! We’ll have to compare notes once we see the movie 🙂

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  3. Michael J. Miller May 24, 2018 / 7:13 am

    It took me a while to read this trilogy (or the Han and Lando novellas) because, even as a kid, I didn’t think Han needed more of a backstory than we saw in the films. When I finally read them I loved them! I think A.C. Crispin’s trilogy is the perfect example of how to create a new story in a large, interconnected universe. She ties everything in perfectly with the films! The comics! The other novels! One of my favorite things was how she has the little interludes in ‘Rebel Dawn’ so you know where to stop and read the novellas from Brian Daley’s ‘The Han Solo Adventures.’ She’s brilliant! You can tell she loves Han Solo and Star Wars as much as she understands the universe narratively and thematically.

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    • Mei-Mei May 26, 2018 / 5:41 pm

      Yes, I love how she worked in the interludes! So well done. I’m not sure how they hold up at this point, they were definitely some of my favorites in the EU. Certainly the best of the prequel stories.

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      • Michael J. Miller May 26, 2018 / 9:15 pm

        I just read them a year or so ago and I thought they were brilliant. The older ones (along with the Lando Calrissian Adventures) certainly had an old school sci-fi feel to them, but I still think they’re fun.

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  4. starwarsanon May 31, 2018 / 9:20 am

    I can’t wait to see what you think of the movie! I’m really liking it and feel like I’m an anomaly.


    • Mei-Mei May 31, 2018 / 9:27 am

      I’ve definitely heard good stuff, so you’re not the only one!


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