Ever since ‘Star Wars,’ one of the most known pop culture phenomenons in history, kicked off with the original movie, today known as ‘Episode IV,’ in 1977, the franchise introduced dozens of characters who kept enjoying the global popularity to this day. One of the franchise’s original characters is Han Solo, who quickly became one of the most legendary characters the franchise ever introduced. In this article, we’ll focus on Han Solo’s life to provide you with information about the time and place of his birth.
Han Solo was born on the planet of Corellia in 32 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin, in which Luke Skywalker, with Solo’s help, destroyed the first Death Star), which means he was 32 during the events of ‘A New Hope.’ Han Solo spent his childhood on the rough streets of Corellia, where he was a street thief that worked for the White Worms gang. After an important deal went bad, Solo fled Corellia and started chasing his dream to become a pilot.
We all still remember the scene when Harison Ford was first introduced as Han Solo in the cantina scene in ‘A New Hope.’ Back then, there wasn’t much to tell about Han except that he was already a smuggler and a captain of the Millenium Falcon who worked with his close friend Chewbacca. As the franchise’s lore expanded beyond the movies, we started getting more and more information about Han, and we eventually witnessed his origin story on the big screen in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ which was released in 2018.
From rough childhood to becoming a legendary Rebellion fighter!
The character of Han Solo was created by the creator of ‘Star Wars’ himself, George Lucas. It’s interesting how earlier concepts didn’t depict Han as a human but as a green-skinned alien with no nose, and one other concept also pictured him as a bearded pirate. Lucas later decided to make Han a human because he wanted Han to be one of the central characters and not an alien sidekick like Chewbacca. Harrison Ford was cast for the role after many other actors, including Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, were considered.
Han Solo debuted in the original ‘Star Wars’ movie in 1977. In the movie, he is portrayed as a cynical loner who works only for the money and takes orders only from himself. When the fans first met him, he was already an established captain of the Millenium Falcon and a smuggler who worked closely with his Wookiee friend Chewbacca. Back then, we didn’t know much about Han’s background apart from the fact that he owed a great deal of money to Jabba the Hutt.
Details about Han’s childhood and his life before ‘A New Hope’ can be thoroughly studied in the comics and other media in the ‘Star Wars’ Expanded Universe. But, the fans who stuck to consuming the ‘Star Wars’ content only through movies found out a lot about his history in 2018’s ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ in which young Han was portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich.
The movie opens on the shipbuilding planet of Corellia, Han’s homeworld, where Lady Proxima, the leader of White Worms, recruits young Corellians and makes them participate in criminal activities in exchange for food and shelter. Han and Qi’ra were orphans who wanted to escape from Corellia, but once they tried, Qi’ra was captured, and Han was forced to leave on his own, vowing to come back for her. Shortly after, Han joined the Imperial Navy, where he was given his last name, Solo. Because he was alone, you know? Never mind.
After he was expelled from the Imperial Flight Academy due to insubordination, Han eventually found himself on the planet of Mimban, where he met his life-long friend, Chewbacca. After Tobias Beckett had him arrested and thrown into the pit to be eaten by the Wookie, Han, who understood Chewie’s language, made a deal with Chewie to escape together, and that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
The ‘Solo’ movie provides many details and explanations about Han and his accessories. Of course, we learned more about Han and Chewie’s first meeting, Han’s history with Lando Calrissian, and how Han and Chewie got into possession of the Millenium Falcon. But additionally, the movie also explains how Han got his gun, and even the dice from Millenium Falcon’s cockpit were given more context.
Even though the ‘Solo’ movie was the first box-office bomb, the legacy of this legendary character hasn’t faded. After joining the Rebel Alliance, Han went on more adventures with his friends Luke and Leia, which ultimately led to him becoming Leia’s husband and Luke’s brother-in-law.
Following the conclusion of the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, fans waited for Ford’s return as Han Solo for more than 30 years. In 2015’s ‘The Force Awakens,’ Ford’s wish to kill the character off was ultimately granted to him, although he did appear once again in a cameo scene in 2019’s ‘The Rise of Skywalker.’
If you want to re-experience the journey of Han Solo and all the other characters, all ‘Star Wars’ movies are streaming on Disney+.
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