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Five Han mysteries we want ‘Solo’ to solve

Here are the lingering questions that ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ should tackle

Written by
Ian Freer

1. How did Han get his go-it-alone surname?
We know that Han is an orphan from the planet Corellia, who briefly tried to join the evil Empire but dropped out to find his childhood love, Qi’ra. But how did he earn that strangely specific surname?

2. How comes he speaks Chewbacca’s language?
‘Solo’ reveals that our hero met his furry bestie Chewbacca in a mud fight, just like 1980s female wrestlers. But how did he became fluent in Shyriiwook, the Wookiee language? Did he take an online course or just pick it up between TIE Fighter attacks?

3. What’s the deal with Lando?
Han has always been frenemies with fellow hustler Lando Calrissian – last seen played by Billy Dee Williams in ‘Return of the Jedi’ – though it’s a rivalry based mostly on who’s coolest. The correct answer, of course, is Lando – especially now with Donald Glover, aka hip hop star Childish Gambino, donning his cloak. A rumour that he raps ‘This Is Cloud City’ while stormtroopers quell a riot is sadly unfounded.

4. How did Solo get the Millennium Falcon?
We know Han won his iconic spaceship from Lando in a card game. But how exactly did that showdown play out? The ship is in good nick in ‘Solo’: it has a nifty bar, walk-in wardrobes and pristine corridors. We know from the beaten-up Falcon of ‘Star Wars’ that this doesn’t last. Does Chewie throw a keg party?

5. What happened on the Kessel Run?
For the uninitiated, that’s the hyperspace route used to smuggle narcotics from the spice mines of Kessel. (Best to just go with it.) Han famously boasted that the Falcon did it in under 12 parsecs. Here, Solo is smuggling starship fuel – but was he lying about the whole feat? We’ll be keeping track. 

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