‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Rumor Has it These Characters May Have Cameos
There have been some major concerns about the upcoming Star Wars movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Rumors that Disney is privately preparing for a flop have persisted, while the facts of the situation haven’t helped anything. Directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord were let go in the middle of production, amid rumors that they had deviated a bit too much from the script. Actor Alden Ehrenreich, the pick for young Han Solo, needed to have an acting coach brought in.
That’s not good. But there is hope — after all, this is Star Wars! Solo will feature Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, and so far that looks like a winner. Chewbacca is back for Solo, as well. But what other familiar Star Wars characters may be showing up? Let’s take a look at a handful of cameos that have either been rumored or confirmed in recent months.
Jabba the Hutt
It hasn’t been confirmed yet that Jabba the Hutt will be making an appearance in Solo, but it makes sense, right? He’s not a major character as far as the saga is concerned, but Jabba certainly plays a large role in Han Solo’s early life. After all, he does place a price on Han’s head, setting up the scoundrel’s story arc for the entire original trilogy.
Although Jabba has yet to show up in a trailer, there have been some major hints that he will indeed make a cameo. We know that there are scenes in which Han will be present on a desert planet, and the desert planet of Tatooine is where we first find him in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Will Solo take us back into Jabba’s palace, bringing back such timeless characters as Salacious B. Crumb? It seems pretty likely.
Right alongside Jabba the Hutt in the “slam dunk cameo” category is the bounty hunter, Boba Fett. He was originally a very large part of Solo’s story, hunting him down in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Fans absolutely love Fett, even though he really didn’t get much screen time and was killed off unceremoniously early in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (or was he?).
If Solo takes us back into Jabba’s palace at a time when Han is around 20 to 25 years old, sliding a Boba Fett cameo into the fold is pretty simple. Thanks to the dreadful addition of young Boba Fett to Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, we know that Han and Boba are around the same age. Fett is a frequent visitor to Tatooine and it has been established that he hangs out around Jabba’s palace, so why not give him a small role? Chalk this one up as being extremely likely to happen.
Let’s get weird! There were some major rumors late in 2017 that a set source confirmed that Darth Vader will indeed make some sort of appearance in Solo. Many have wondered how such a fit could occur, but after the first trailer, it seems clear that the shadow of the Empire will loom large over Han’s early story. In fact, it appears that young Han even attempted to enlist in the Imperial Navy, and that’s not far off the mark from the Expanded Universe storyline.
In the now non-canon story, Han was a pilot in the Imperial Navy until he went against orders from his superior. If Solo is a cadet at the Imperial Academy early in the film, shoehorning a Vader cameo in won’t be too tricky.
But should they do it? It’s no secret that one of the most well-liked things about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is that they found a way to include Darth Vader. He didn’t get any more than a few minutes of screen time, but Rogue One led into A New Hope perfectly while giving us one of the most quintessential Darth Vader moments of all time. More Vader, please and thank you.
Grand Moff Tarkin
Another major cameo from Rogue One was Grand Moff Tarkin, although it came with more criticism than Vader’s cameo. According to YouTuber Mike Zeroh, Solo will be bringing Tarkin back via CGI for another Star Wars cameo. The character originally appeared in a major role in A New Hope, played by actor Peter Cushing, as the evil face of the Empire. He was killed when the Death Star was destroyed, but that wouldn’t be the end of Tarkin in Star Wars.
A CGI version of Tarkin briefly appeared in a scene at the very end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and he actually played a significant role in Rogue One despite Cushing having passed away over 20 years ago. Given what we’ve established about the Empire’s role in Solo, the timeline, and the rumored Vader cameo, having Tarkin appear makes sense too.
There is plenty of debate about whether bringing dead actors back via CGI is ethical, even in scenarios such as this when it appears that the family is perfectly fine with it. If Tarkin does pop up in Solo, we can only hope that it’s done tastefully and isn’t too distracting.
There have been no credible rumors about Maz Kanata appearing in Solo, but there are plenty of reasons to believe it could happen. First, her potential cameo makes sense for the time period. Han’s comments about Maz in Star Wars: The Force Awakens establish that she’s well over 1,000 years old, and he also hints that he has known her for quite some time. Their relationship very likely went back well before his involvement with the Rebellion.
In the early days of production on Solo, a representative from Funko (either accidentally or mistakenly) added Lupita Nyong’o to the list of actors involved that he is excited to see, leading to further speculation. And if that is the case, bringing the CGI character out for a few scenes wouldn’t be too hard — so long as Nyong’o is on board.
After all, it wasn’t that hard to fit her into a scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And let’s face it, her presence makes way more sense in Solo than it did in The Last Jedi.
Tag and Bink
Most Star Wars fans probably don’t even know who Tag and Bink are, but this cameo has actually been all but confirmed by director Ron Howard. Tag and Bink are a non-canon, comic book creation of Kevin Rubio, who put them together to help explain away some of the fun coincidences in the Star Wars universe. It’s very tongue-in-cheek, but the Tag and Bink comics have a lot of fans — and apparently some at LucasFilm.
Welcome to canon, Tag and Bink! Howard tweeted somewhat cryptically about their inclusion in the film, and screenwriter John Kasdan followed up to confirm that he and Second Unit Director Toby Hefferman will suit up to give the duo their first official on-screen appearance.
The guess here is that whatever those guys are doing in the movie won’t be all that noticeable to the average viewer, but the true diehards will know what’s up.
There is a fun little fact that many younger Star Wars fans don’t know, but Chewbacca has a wife and son back on his home planet, Kashyyyk. At least, that’s true of the story in the Star Wars Holiday Special, which was released in 1978 and critically panned by just about everyone that has seen it. In the story, Chewie is desperately trying to return home for Life Day, a holiday observed specifically by Wookiees. In the end, Han helps him get home just in time.
Chewie’s wife, Malla, and his son, Lumpy, make up a decent portion of the plot. The Holiday Special has been disavowed and is not official canon, so Solo isn’t bound to keeping Chewie’s history in any specific way. But a small scene including the Wookiee family would be some fun fan service, and it may actually happen.
George Lucas probably won’t be thrilled, but there are some hints from set photos that appear to look like Chewie and another Wookiee expressing affection for each other. Is this the first official appearance of Malla? Why not? We’re rooting for as much fan service as possible to be crammed into Solo.
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