Han Solo is a fictional male Corellian smuggler in the Star Wars film series who was portrayed on screen by Harrison Ford. Han Solo is a Coreillian space trader who was originally an Imperial Pilot but left after allegedly saving Chewbacca from being a slave. Han is a pilot of the space craft the Millennium Falcon that can do the Kessel Run in three parsecs. In reality, a Parsec is a distance not a length of time. Han has done one trade too many and has become Jabba, the Hutt, a gangster based on the planet of Tatooine number one target.
Han was transporting some illegal goods which he had to dump when challenged by an Imperial Star Destroyer. Incensed at Solo's actions, Jabba despatched a number of Bounty Hunters to capture him including Greedo and Boba Fett. His freedom is cut short when he visits his old pal 'Lando Clarissian' who betrays him. The Rebels launch an operation to recover him whilst he is frozen in carbonite at Jabba's palace. In the final battle between the The Old Republic and The Galactic Empire, Han leads a ground force to destroy the moon based shield generator.
Han Solo is introduced to Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the droid (C-3PO and R2-D2) at the Mos Eisley spaceport when Obi-Wan Kenobi is searching for someone to take them to Alderaan. After striking a deal with Obi-Wan, Han is confronted by Greedo, a bounty hunter. Han tells Chewbacca that he believes that the deal he has done to take Obi-Wan to Alderaan could see his problems with Jabba be resolved. Han kills Greedo when the latter attempts to shoot him. There has been much disagreement on the internet over who shot who first. In the special editions, it was altered so that Han returned fire after Greedo shot first. In the special editions, Han is confronted by Jabba before his patrons arrive for the flight to Alderaan.
During the journey to Alderaan, the Falcon arrives at their location but instead of seeing the planet, all they can see is an asteroid belt which turns out to be the remnants of the planet of Alderaan. The Falcon is captured in a tractor beam and bought onboard the Death Star. Han Solo is persuaded by Luke Skywalker to help rescue Princess Leia who is being held captive onboard the space station. To get around the station without being seen, Luke and Han disguise themselves as Stormtroopers. From the first moment Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa meet, they do not see eye to eye but they all manage to escape to the Rebel base on Yavin IV from where the Rebels are to launch their strike on the Death Star. After some reluctance, Han Solo takes part in the mission to destroy the Death Star by providing cover for Luke Skywalker as he attempts to fire the missile that will destroy the Death Star.
Han Solo hides with the Rebels on the planet of Hoth when the Empire attacks. When Luke Skywalker fails to report in from a survey, Han takes a Tauntaun to go out and search for his friend. Han finds Luke delirious and near death. Han makes a special hide out from the snow by cutting a hole in the TaunTaun. Han Solo used a lightsaber to cut open the Tauntaun to keep Luke warm. He is the most prominent non-Jedi to use a lightsaber in the Star Wars universe. A group of Snow Speeders eventually find the two rebels and take them back to the base. Whilst recuperating, Han witnesses Princess Leia kiss Luke which is aimed at making Han jealous. When a probe is spotted on the radar, Han Solo and Chewbacca go off to investigate. When Chewbacca makes a noise and alerts the probe, Solo is forced to shoot and destroy the probe. The destruction of the probe alerts the Empire that rebels are on the planet. The order to evacuate Hoth is given.
Han Solo leaves the planet in the Falcon with Princess Leia, Chewbacca and the C-3PO. R2-D2 leaves Hoth with Luke Skywalker. The Millennium tries to escape the Imperials by flying into an asteroid belt and then eventually a cave to hide. The cave turns out to be the insides of a giant worm. The Millennium manages to escape from the cave monster before it closes its mouth.
The Millennium Falcon visits Bespin to meet Han Solo's friend Lando Calrissian who Han beat and won the Millennium Falcon. Han Solo is betrayed by Lando as the Empire had reached Bespin before Han did. Han Solo is frozen in carbonite and before he can be rescued, bounty hunter Boba Fett leaves Bespin with his prize.
At the beginning, Han Solo is frozen in carbonite and is on display in the court of Jabba the Hutt. Han is defrosted by Leia who has disguised herself as Boushh, a bounty hunter with Chewbacca as her prisoner. When Han is defrosted, Jabba decides that he must be killed by being thrown into the Pit of Sarlacc. However when the hover crafts arrives at the Pit, Luke launches into an escape operation and the Rebels manage to escape.
At the reunion of the Rebellion, Han Solo agrees to lead the ground force to destroy the shield generator on the Moon of Endor. On the Moon, the rebels make friends with an unlikely group of heroes, the Ewoks. With the shield generator down, the rest of the fleet led by Lando Calrissian in the Millennium Falcon can launch an attack on the new unfinished Death Star.
By far the most important and well known of Han's relationships is with Princess Leia. Not much is known about his life until we get to see the movie based solely on him in 2018. The relationship between Han and Leia is a a slow burn until Leia reveals that she loves him as Han is being lowered down into a freezing chamber so he can be transported to Jabba who has a bounty on him.
Leia attempts a solo rescue mission for Han Solo dressed as Bossk, a bounty hunter. When Leia is found out, she is stripped and forced to wear a metal slave girl outfit.
Han and Leia would later go on to marry and have a child together, Ben Solo. Ben eventually turned to the Dark Side and became Kylo Ren. Ben turning to the dark caused a schism between the two and Han returned to his old ways of being a smuggler until he is called upon to help Rey and Finn join the resistance.
During the assault on Starkiller Base, Han confronts his son and seems to be winning him over but Kylo falls back and kills his father.
In the extended universe, Han Solo courts and marries his one true love, Princess Leia. It is not so straightforward as he had competition to wooing the Princess but wins out in the end. Together they have children togther, Jaina and Jacen who are twins and Anakin. In the expanded universe, it is Jacen, the first son of the Solo's who goes to the dark side. Jacen becomes Darth Caedus and is also the younger of the two twins, the other twin is Jaina. In the extended universe, Ben is the son of Luke Skywalker and Mara-Jade. Han remains in the Rebel Alliance tracking down the remnants of the Empire but in the seventh movie, he has split from Leia after their son, Ben went to the dark side.
Although Harrison Ford had wanted his character killed off at the end of Return of the Jedi, he was willing to reprise his role one final time in Star Wars - The Force Awakens as the smuggler. He is no longer with his love of his life, Princess Leia who is now General Leia. Han meets Leia once more on D'Qar, the new hideout for the Rebel Alliance. The meeting is uneasy but eventually, they come together. In the intervening years, they had married and had a son, Ben Solo. Ben had Force ability but even though Luke Skywalker had tried to keep him on the straight and narrow path, it wasn't successful and Ben turned to the dark side and became Kylo Ren. Turning to the dark side caused a schism in their marriage and the two leads separated and went their own way. Luke Skywalker departed the Rebel Alliance and cut off all contact with the Alliance.
At the beginning of the movie, we learn that Han Solo no longer has his treasured Millennium Falcon which had been stolen from him and then stolen again, ending up on Jakku. He managed to get it back when Finn And Rey steal it from a Junk Trader. When Han meets the two new leads, he tells them that everything they've heard about the Force is true and that is he is willing to take them to the Rebel Alliance although he doesn't quite know where they are so he takes them to Maz Kanata.
Maz Kanata is a 1000 year old space pirate who has a history with Han Solo, just slightly older than Yoda, at 930 years (Yoda said he was 900 years old in the originals and that was set 30 years previous). Maz assists the travellers to get to the Rebel Alliance. However, their voyage to D'Qar is spoiled by the arrival of Kylo Ren. Han, Chewbacca and Finn are rescued by the Rebel Alliance and taken to D'Qar where there is an uneasy reunion between Han and Leia, briefly interrupted by C-3PO. Rey is captured by Kylo Ren and taken away to Kylo's Star Destroyer.
Han Solo leads a small team, consisting of just him, Chewbacca and Finn to the Starkiller Base to disable the shields and blow up the base. Leia suggests to Han to try and bring Ben Solo back to the fold but it doesn't work out, Ben is too far gone as Kylo Ren who stabs his father in the front and kills him. The other Rebels make it so safety. Although Han Solo is dead, Disney do plan to make a spin off Solo movie but they will cast a younger actor in the role.
Before Episode VIII was released, there had been rumours that we would see Han Solo's funeral. There was one big problem with that, when Han Solo died, he fell into what might seem a bottomless pit so how during the battle were they able to retrieve the body. In the end, the event never took place.
The first spin off Star Wars film we got was Star Wars - Rogue One which featured a band of rebels who recruited and then was led by Jyn Erso to steal the plans from the Death Star. The second film that has been produced is Solo - A Star Wars Story which gives an earlier insight into the life of Han Solo before he was recruited by the Rebel Alliance to first rescue Princess Leia and then to destroy the Death Stars.
Stepping into the shoes of Harrison Ford is Alden Ehrenreich, an actor who has yet to reach the pinnacle of his career yet. All the previous films that he has made have been quiet affairs or television. Rumours doing the presses that his acting wasn't up to scratch and that a lot of the scenes were re-shot when Ron Howard took over the directing.
It is a time when Emperor Palpatine has risen to power and now controls the galaxy with his battalions of stormtroopers. Han wants to become an Imperial Pilot but doesn't cut the muster and decides to go it alone. Along the way, he is recruited by Tobias Beckett for a mission and makes friends with Chewbacca. With Princess Leia not on the horizon, the love interest is Qi'ra played by Emelia Clarke, a British actress who made her name in Game of Thrones, the fantasy H.B.O. series.
You couldn't do a Han Solo film without also featuring a young Lando Calrissian could you. Lando appears in the film and it seems like he will have a significant role in it by the looks of the trailer.
In the trailer, we learn that Han Solo had been scraping a living since he was ten. The trailer scenario implies his family was dead and he had to live and survive on his own on his home planet of Corellia.
The role has always been played by Harrison Ford and forever be his role. When the producers began the search to play the leads, they wanted someone fresh and someone new who the audience hadn't met. They interviewed many well known actors for the role including Kurt Russell who would later get his own science fiction movie role in the first Stargate film.
Harrison was used by the producers to interact with the actors, to be someone they could spar with so to speak. George Lucas had previously cast Harrison Ford in a film called American Graffiti which how he had known him. After all the screen testing, they decided to hand the role to Harrison as he had the right charisma and the chemistry with the other leads, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
Harrison had wanted his character killed off by the end of the second film, Empire Strike Back when he was frozen in carbonite but George had vetoed the idea. Harrison again wanted his character killed off in Return of the Jedi but again it was vetoed. However, Harrison got his wish in the Force Awakens when there was no George Lucas around to veto the decision. Harrison was always indebted to the Star Wars films for his meteoric rise to stardom so he didn't simply want nothing more to do with it. Harrison was also known for his role as archaeologist indiana Jones who in his fourth film in that role goes in search of ancient alien technology rather than something religious.