Whilst still a rumour at this time, there are rumblings of speculation that Harrison Ford has shot a flashback scene for Star Wars: The Last Jedi that will reunite his Han Solo character with Luke Skywalker on screen for the first time since Return of the Jedi in 1983.
With Lucasfilm yet to confirm it, director Rian Johnson has confirmed that the loss of the character will loom largely over the film, in particular pushing Ben Solo’s destiny in a direction that fans have yet to anticipate.
The director says The Last Jedi retains Han Solo’s ‘figurative ghost’ and that he is ‘present’ throughout the film. He went on to say how the death of the character will have an obvious effect on characters such as Luke, Leia and Chewbacca but will also have an impact upon Han’s son and killer as well.
When asked about how the death of Han Solo affects his son, Johnson said this via IndiaTV,
“Kylo has definitely been knocked off base. The defeat that he had at the end of The Force Awakens, but even bigger than that, his huge defining act which, spoiler alert, is the murder of his father… that’s the more interesting thing to dive into. How has he dealt with that in his head? Where is he at in terms of that act and what does that mean for him?”
Meanwhile the director has urged fans via his Twitter account not to take note of merchandise coming out before the film is released. Johnson wrote;
“More stuff is coming, that’s the nature of the beast. But I fully endorse avoiding everything you can from now till December”.
This was endorsed by actor Mark Hamill who Tweeted in response,
“I fully endorse this @rianjohnson endorsement:
AVOID EVERYTHING YOU CAN FROM NOW TILL DECEMBER!!!!! #WordsOfWisdom.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is due for release December 15th 2017 in the U.K.