Han Solo movie to over-explain Kessel Run

In the original Star Wars, Han Solo, in a completely forgettable but for some reason noted line, claims his Millennium Falcon is “the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.” Obi-Wan Kenobi appears dubious of the claim, but it’s left at that, and the audience is left never knowing if it was a hollow boast or a valid claim.

But, like everything else in this universe of rapidly expanding franchises, it seems that briefly mentioned event will not remained mercifully unexplored for long.

Already The Force Awakens called back to the Kessel Run record and loosely insisted on its validity. And now, Untitled Han Solo Project substitute director Ron Howard has suggested that the Solo prequel will likewise delve needlessly into this throwaway line, last night tweeting:

The filthy casuals of Star Wars may read this as Sean Spicer being rightfully compared to a dirt wall with a hole for all the bullshit to emerge from. But devotees have quickly picked up on the more likely meaning: it’s a reference to the Kessel Run, which Wookieepedia describes as “a hyperspace route used by smugglers and unscrupulous freighter captains to move spice from the spice mines of Kessel.”

Yes, it appears that, finally, this offhanded comment will get the multi-million dollar expository set-piece it deserves.

We’ll find out for sure when the film hits theaters May 25. Luke Verifiably Bullseyes Womp Rats in His T-16 does not yet have a release date.

  • Jeremy Tilton

    Big deal, I once finished a Marathon in one mile.

  • P.T. Internet

    $5 says that they show a scene of him finding a vest and/or get a chin scar.

    • jaime_arg

      I have a feeling he’ll be wearing the vest from the onset. How are we supposed to recognize Han without it?

      • His other Basic clothes, like his tight, high boots and slim blue pants.

    • adam3w

      $10 says that at some point he’ll have a bad feeling about this.

      • David Shire

        What are the odds that someone tells him the odds and he tells them not to tell him the odds?

  • Thanos

    I was really hoping to see Han as a gifted child building an exposed R2-D2, but I guess the space version of Ice Road Truckers will let me feel just as empty.

    • P.T. Internet

      Spice Road Truckers? Space Road Truckers? Road the Spice Sprocket?

      Either way, coming soon to The History Channel, right after Tuskan Sand People and before Storage Star Wars.

      • jaime_arg

        > Storage Star Wars

        “Jeez, it looks like a jawa sandcrawler in here!”

  • jaime_arg

    So predictable. Also, spice from the spice mines? How do you mine for spice?