A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…

Star Wars Legends: Han Solo and Chewbacca

One of the most iconic duos in cinema history, we were first introduced to the crew of the Millennium Falcon (the ship which made the kessel run in under 12 parsecs) in 1977 with Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope.

Han Solo

Star Wars Legends Han Solo

Han Solo

A smuggler from the planet corellia, Han Solo was an orphaned at an early age and was made taken in and made part of the crew by pirate Garris Shrike.

In his teens joined the Imperial Academy and served with distinctions but was later kicked out after stopping an Imperial Officer from beating a Wookie called Chewbacca who was resisting capture.

Because of this act, Chewbacca or affectionately known “Chewie” among his friends, swore a life dept, in doing so formed the life long friendship we all know today.

After helping Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan Kennobi rescue Princess Leia from the clutches of Darth Vader aboard the Death Star in A New Hope, Han joined the Rebels cause to overthrow the Empire.

  • Actor/s – Harrison Ford
  • Species – human male
  • Family – Leia Organa, Ben Solo
  • Affiliations: The Empire, The Rebels

After the battle of Endor, Han went back to smuggling after loosing the falcon and his son, Ben Solo who was training to be a Jedi from Luke, turned to the Dark side with the help of Supreme Leader Snoke.

Appearances

Both Han and Chewie are key members of the Rebel Alliance and feature in the original trilogy as well as #TheForceAwakens, where sadly (if you have not seen the movie skip this last bit) Han is betrayed and killed by his Son as a final act of his journey to the Dark Side.

Chewbacca

Star Wars Legends Han Solo and Chewbacca

Chewbacca

A Wookie Warrior from the planet of Kashyyyk, Chewbacca helped Jedi Master Yoda and the Clone Army during the Clone Wars.

Chewie is the co-pilot and mechanic aboard the Millennium Falcon and plays a mean game of space chess…I suggest a new strategy and let the wookie win as they do not like to lose and will pull your arm out of its socket.

  • Actor/s – Peter Mayhew
  • Species – Wookie

On a personal note I have met the big walking carpet at Supernova pop culture festival on Australia’s Gold Coast and I can can confirm that Mr Mayhew is indeed very tall but also very kind and happy.

 

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