Today Disney CEO, Bob Iger, discussed some details surrounding the upcoming Star Wars movies at a USC Tech Conference. When the topic of conversation turned to the untitled Han Solo movie, this is what we learned:
Iger also revealed that the next film, a standalone project on Han Solo, will follow his life from the age of 18 through 24. The film will including “acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookie,” he said. “You’ll also discover how he got his name.”
So, we’ll discover how he got his name? But why though? Why do we even need to know? Also, why do we even care to know? This is just stupid. And, apparently, people on Twitter agree with me.
— Mark Palmer (@MarkPalmerComic) March 24, 2017
The new Star Wars movie will reveal how Han Solo got his name. Turns out it was John Travolta trying to read Hank Sawyer off a teleprompter.
— Will Presti (@WillPresti) March 24, 2017
— James Gavsie (@JamesGavsie) March 24, 2017
We’ve remarked here at Legion of Leia that the new round of Star Wars films is primarily tapping into the nostalgia of Star Wars fans everywhere. The approval of a Han Solo spinoff is a testament to executives tapping into and feeding off of nostalgia. And, like we saw in Star Wars: A Force Awakens, there was a lot of pandering made towards fans in the script.
With the announcement that we’ll find out Han Solo’s name, it begs the question of how much pandering is too much pandering? How much information do we, as Star Wars fans, need to actually know? As great as it is that we’ll find out Han Solo’s actual name, there is no significant reason for including that in the story except as a bone to throw at hardcore, rapid Star Wars fans.
I’ll end with the question that Andrew Walsh posed last year upon the release of Rogue One: “How long must we wait until Star Wars no longer needs to survive on nostalgia?” And how long will it take for executives to realize that some Star Wars fans are wising up to their pandering shenanigans?
We’ll just have to wait and see.