Disney Chairman Bob Iger has confirmed that Chewbacca will play a central role in the upcoming Han Solo origin film.
According to The Wrap, Iger confirmed Chewbacca's appearance in the Phil Lord and Christopher Miller directed film during a speech at the Deutche Bank 2016 Media, Internet, and Telecom Conference.
Speaking of Chewbacca, many fans were puzzled why Leia passed over Chewbacca in favor of comforting Rey in the closing moments of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, director J.J. Abrams has explained why he made the choice for Leia to embrace Rey, a woman she only recently met, in favor of her longtime friend Chewbacca.
“That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that,” Abrams explained to SlashFilm. “My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other — that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss.”
“Had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn’t have thought of it. But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits home video April 5, while the Han Solo film is scheduled to hit theaters in May 2018.