Bring Me the Head of Han Solo

Harrison Ford believed Han Solo should die, and he was right. So let's kill him.

It was actually my pal Village Voice Film Editor Alan Scherstuhl who pitched me on this piece. When Disney announced the other week that Harrison Ford would be returning for at least one more Star Wars movie, Alan figured — and I immediately concurred — that it’s high time for Han Solo to receive the heroic demise that Ford wanted to give him in Return of the Jedi, 31 years ago. With apologies to Mike Ryan, whose work I admire, here’s why Solo gotta go-lo.

Han Solo frozen in carbonite in "The Return of the Jedi."

Not like this. Not like this. But somehow. Solo-as-conversation-piece in Jedi, 1983.

 

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