Star Wars is filled with background lore and side stories that never made it into the films. Fortunately, the internet exists and fans are able to enjoy all of them. With that in mind, I’ve compiled my list of tops five (in no particular order) stories from Han Solo’s past, that I’d like to either see in upcoming movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. And check out some of the stories we recommend on Amazon to help fund the site.
1.Han steals weapons from The Hutts to supply the Alliance.
Han Solo is first a foremost a smuggler, but we’ve never gotten a chance to see him be good at that particular job in the films. With that in mind, after the Battle of Yavin, Han did several heists and smuggling runs for the Rebel Alliance before being convinced to join their cause full time. One of these heists was a weapons shipment sent by Jabba the Hutt himself to the Imperial forces. To pull it off and later destroy the weapons factory Han gets to impersonate an officer…. again…. and this time it works. This one would be more Ocean’s 11 than the other ones on this list, but I think it would be worth it.
Read the story in The Han Solo Trilogy here:
2. The Liberation of Kashyyk
Star Wars has a habit of taking the coolest battles of the actual Wars part, and making them take place off camera. We saw glimpses of the battle on Kashyyk during the Revenge of the Sith and it was one of the more interesting parts of the “movie”. The Liberation of Kashyyk was a battle that actually took place eight months after the Battle of Endor (Return of the Jedi). This is where Han Solo and Chewbacca lead a group of freedom fighters against a lashing out and dying Empire and it’s as amazing as it sounds. Couple that with a super fly Donald “Calrissian” Glover bringing in the cavalry to finally free the Chewbacca’s home world and also his father and tell me that isn’t the Han Solo movie you want to see.
Read the story in Aftermath: Life Debt here:
3. Those times Han Solo leads his own personal Spec Ops team.
If you couldn’t tell, I’ve always enjoyed the Wars part the most in the Star Wars movies. That being said, Han Solo has his own Special Ops team called The Pathfinders, and we’ve actually seen them in the movies before. This is the same team that breached the shield facility on Endor in Episode 6, but they’ve actually gone on several missions including the very Raid at the Wretch Tayron.
That particular raid is closely tied to the the the story form Star Wars Battlefront 2, and is one of the main ways the Alliance got information on Operation:Cinder. Most of the operations carried out by The Pathfinders include a lot of our classic characters like Luke, Lei, Admiral Akbar, but there is no reason a stand a lone film with Han commanding a spec ops team wouldn’t be awesome.
Read about the Raid at the Wretch Tayron in Star Wars: Shattered Empire
4. Han Solo Kills Emperor Palpatine.
Star Wars has made some poor decisions in the past. There was a time when it was considered canon that The Emperor hadn’t actually died during the Death Stars destruction but had transferred his consciousness to a clone he had created for that purpose. Over the course of several books, the multiple clone bodies he had used began to deteriorate due to the Dark Side and Palpatine was left with the only option of using a Skywalker. By this point Han and Lei had just had their third child. When the Emperor confronted Lei and the child Han gives a quick one liner and shoots him dead.
Read about Solo’s battle with the Emperor in The Dark Empire trilogy:
5. Han Rescues Chewbacca
We know Chewbacca will be in the upcoming movie so there is a strong chance this might be featured however there is a good chance this story may be ret-conned by the movie as well. When Han Solo was a simple Lieutenant in the Imperial Navy (yes that’s a thing) he was tasked with providing security via Tie Fighter during slave trades between The Galactic Empire and tradoshan slavers. One of these trades, was attacked and stopped by none other than Chewbacca himself. While succeeding in freeing the slaves the famous wookiee was captured by Han, who was then ordered to execute him. Han refused the order and was no longer allowed to fly. Chewbacca was later taken to Coruscant to work as a slave. He was later freed by Han Solo, after attacking the officer who had repeatedly whipped him and also had been the one to remove Han’s flight privileges in the first place. With Han turning his back on the Imperial military, the pair had no where else to go and turned to smuggling.
Read about Chewbacca’s origins in Star Wars: Chewbacca