MoviesRumor Has It Han Solo's 'Wife' Will Appear in His Star Wars Spinoff Film
A casting rumor hints that the upcoming movie will feature a character from recent Star Wars comics.
In the last week, a rumor surfaced about the currently untitled, Alden Ehrenreich-starring Star Wars spinoff film about a young Han Solo. The rumor came via Twitter, where Mashable film reporter Jeff Sneider stated that there were four young women in the running for a female lead role in the movie, and none of them were white. Taken at face value, the rumor really doesn't indicate much, except for Lucasfilm and Disney's continued commitment to making the future of Star Wars a diverse one. But if you've been paying attention to all things Star Wars over the past year, there's a very clear implication for a woman of color taking a lead role in a Han Solo movie: They're casting Han's wife.
This is a reasonable thing to believe, I swear.
Back to the summer of 2015, in issue #6 of Marvel's ongoing Star Wars comic book series, Han and Leia are on the run from Imperials when they get cornered by a woman named Sana Solo, who says she's Han's wife. And it's kind of true. Over the following issues, it's gradually revealed that her name is actually Sana Starros, and that the two of them got married as part of a long con with the end goal of ripping off a third party, only to have their partnership fall apart due to mistrust.
Thanks to the new "everything counts" mandate that rules all things Star Wars these days, every new Star Wars story—be it in a comic, or the Rebels animated series, or a tie-in novel—is canon. The events in them are things that really happened in the world that we saw in the first two trilogies, and in the movies we're seeing now. Granted, so far, that doesn't mean a whole lot—most of the various Star Wars media take place in locales and settings well removed from one another. But still, it leaves the window open for something like this: A comic book character that could conceivably leap to the big screen. (Similarly, Forest Whitaker's character in Rogue One was recently revealed to be Saw Gerrera from The Clone Wars animated series.)
And even if it turns out that this female lead isn't Sana Starros/Solo—rewrites and reshoots are a totally normal part of the blockbuster process, after all—the idea of a female counterpart to the famous smuggler is an intriguing and fun one. At the very least, it will give Chewbacca even more room to lay some sick Wookiee burns on his best bud.