The Star Wars Show is becoming a must-watch for every Star Wars fan who is looking for some quirky news about the galaxy they love (far, far away). We’ve seen early looks at the films, we’ve seen behind-the-scenes featurettes, and we’ve learned that Donald Glover ate an entire pizza when he learned he secured the role of Lando. Now we know that Chewbacca, everyone’s oddly-shaped hairy sidekick had all of his actual lines of dialogue written out in the Solo: A Star Wars Story script.
And by that, we don’t mean “grrrggghhhaaaaaghh.” We mean “grrrggghhhaaaaaghh” was actually translated into English so new Han Alden Ehrenreich would know what Chewie was saying to him in order to help his reactions. This was revealed by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon, who wrote the film and have been living with the Han character in some form or another for over three decades.
It makes you wonder if the elder Kasdan, who wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens, wrote out the dialogue for Chewie in every movie. It turns out, yes.
So anyone knows exactly what Chewie is saying, it’s Kasdan, right? This leads us to the next question: what if Chewie is a foul-mouthed smuggler and he’s just cursing like a sailor and we’ve never known it?
Beyond the Chewie revelation, the Kasdan’s provide insight into the Solo movie by explaining away many of the fears that are starting to pop up as the trailers get released. This isn’t simply an origin story — it’s a good Han story. They wanted to deliver a Han adventure first, while simultaneously explaining his beginnings, and why he became the cynical scoundrel we all know and love.