While speaking at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business today, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed some minor details about the upcoming movie Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. While most of what he said only refers to the large plot of the film, those wary of spoilers may want to turn back.
First, Iger confirmed that the Han Solo standalone was indeed an origin story. The movie follows the young smuggler over the course of 6 years, from the age of 18 to 24. A main storyline of the film will detail how Han comes into possession of his iconic ship, the Millennium Falcon. Along the way he will also “meet a certain Wookiee,” and the story of ““how he got his name” will also be told. That’s right, “Han Solo” might not be the lovable pirate’s real name.
This all comes on the heels of Woody Harrelson letting slip that his character’s name in the movie is “Beckett,” as we reported on yesterday. Overall, it seems that security isn’t as tight surrounding the production of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story as it has been in previous films, which makes sense, seeing that the Han Solo film has been described as a comedy, and seems to be more lighthearted in tone.
Han Solo wasn’t the only movie that Bob Iger was talking about, however, as he also mentioned that he had seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi in its entirety and that it was “very good.” When asked about if production of the movie was changed due to Carrie Fisher’s passing, Iger said:
“When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie.”
Bob Iger has been a terrific leader at Disney and will be sorely missed when his contract is up in 2019 (coincidentally it expires just as the next presidential election cycle begins). His track record over the past decade is remarkable, and he has been instrumental in helping Star Wars thrive under Disney. Both upcoming movies sound exciting and unique, and I for one am certainly hoping we get our first look at them at Star Wars Celebration Orlando.