The Origin of Han Solo’s Name is What Sold Disney on Making SOLO
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a great movie but unfortunately the movie didn’t do as Lucasfilm and Disney expected. I really hoped that the film would blow up at the box office, but it just didn’t happen.
George Lucas was working on a standalone Han Solo movie with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan before Disney bought Lucasfilm, so it was only a matter of time before the movie got made. Before it did, though, Lucasfilm had to sell Disney on it.
Thanks to Kasdan, we now know what it is exactly that sold Disney CEO Bob Iger on making the movie. That thing was the origin of Han Solo’s name. Kasdan says:
"Five years ago, when I came onto the thing -- and Disney wasn't on when I came on, then three weeks later, they owned the company -- and they came up to Marin [California] and Kathy [Kennedy] got the people who were already working on it to make a five-minute presentation to Bob Iger and Alan Horn and everyone. My presentation was, [Han] comes to an immigration spot and someone asks, 'What's your name?' It's not just that he doesn't have a name, which tells you a lot about his history. He says 'I have no people.' That to me is so forlorn and so isolating and rife, and the guy fills in his name. Bob Iger said 'Alright, I'm in.' That was it. That was the moment. He reacted to it the way I reacted to it, which was, it's very moving. This was a guy who has nothing. Someone plants a name on him. He doesn't even know the guy. It sticks for the rest of the saga."
I know that there are a lot of fans that don’t care for the origin of Han’s name in the film, but I loved that little scene in the film. I thought it made perfect sense for the character and that it was a credible way of going about it.
Regardless, I imagine that Disney and Bob Iger might be regretting greenlighting that film as it’s not doing very well at the box office.