Is Han Solo a fake name? It seems like that may be the case, according to the Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz, who reported on a press event with Bob Iger of Disney. After the briefing, Fritz tweeted the following…“The Han Solo movie will follow him from age 18 through 24 and show him finding the Falcon, meeting Chewbacca, and getting his name, Iger says.”
Of course, it’s possible that Iger is trying to say that this story tells how Han makes a name for himself and establishes his reputation. But if you take what he says literally, he will gain the name “Han Solo” sometime between age 18 and 24. Some people don’t like this and are complaining about this possible plot revelation. We, however, think it’s a logical decision.
Why do we think so? First of all, Han Sol is a pirate. Yeah, he’s a space pirate but still a pirate. Pirates often change their names. For example, look at Blackbeard, Red Legs, Montbars the Exterminator, Le Lyonnais, Black Bart, Calico Jack, Black Sam, Shanghai Kelly, Black Caesar, among others. So it’s a nice nod to the pirate tradition that Han Solo is an adopted name.
Secondly, if Han has a family somewhere (siblings, parents) it makes sense that he’d change his name to protect them from the Empire. It would be perfectly within the usual MO of the Empire to take his family as hostage, or just kill them as punishment for what he does. We know that Han has a noble side under his gruff, selfish exterior, so he would naturally take steps to keep his relatives from harm.
Did Igers simply misspeak? Or did Fritz misquote him? After all, the tweet says that Han will be “finding” the Falcon, not winning it from Lando, so it may not be 100% accurate. But if both are speaking accurately, it’ll be interesting to see what his real name is, and if it connects to any other established character we’ve met in the Star Wars universe.