Han Solo to return
The director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, has confirmed that the character will be returning as a "figurative ghost" despite being killed in the previous film
Director Rian Johnson has confirmed that Han Solo will have a major role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi despite being killed off in the 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The iconic character, played by veteran actor Harrison Ford, was murdered by his own son Ben Solo/Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in The Force Awakens, but the director thinks it's important to still retain the character. "A figurative ghost of Han had to be present throughout this entire film,' Johnson says.
The director goes on to add, "Kylo has definitely been knocked off base. The defeat that he had at the end of The Force Awakens, but even bigger than that, his huge defining act which is the murder of his father, that's the more interesting thing to dive into. How has he dealt with that in his head? Where is he at in terms of that act and what does that mean for him?"
Johnson also confirmed that Han Solo's long-time companion Chewbacca has a new mission in the film. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will release in December with John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Dohmnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Andy Serkis and the late Carrie Fisher reprising their roles.