In his latest in a line of ongoing social media teases for the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled Star War: Han Solo anthology film, director Ron Howard is hinting that an unlikely, fan-favorite duo may finally make their live-action debut: Tag and Bink.
On Twitter, Howard posted a photo of himself standing alongside two actors decked out in full Imperial attire. While the photo itself lends no clues as to the identity of the pair, Howard’s not-so-subtle caption — “#tagandbink ?” — certainly seems to imply that the men in question are supposed to be Officers Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 14, 2017
Created by Kevin Rubio and Lucas Marangon, Tag and Bink made their debut in October 2001 in the pages of the eponymous Star Wars: Tag & Bink Are Dead #1, published by Dark Horse Comics. Often seen infiltrating the Empire, these two bumbling Rebel Officers were retconned into the Star Wars universe to illustrate how their exploits helped influence a number of pivotal moments in the prequels and the Original Trilogy, either deliberately or simply by accident. In Tag & Bink Are Dead #2, the duo die aboard the second Death Star after it’s destroyed by the Rebel Alliance during the events of Return of the Jedi, but in The Return of Tag & Bink, it’s revealed that they live on as Force ghosts trapped in purgatory.
How Tag and Bink factor into the Han Solo film remains to be seen. However, given the pair’s antics in the comics, it’s probably safe to assume they’ll be played for comic relief, if anything.
Based on a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the Han Solo spinoff stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, in addition to Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Woody Harrelson. The as-yet-untitled film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.
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