WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theaters now.
Early concept art for Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals the film nearly introduced Wookiee Stormtroopers. While Solo's script underwent several drafts, details about what did and didn't make the final cut are now becoming clear.
The franchise spinoff, which depicts how Han Solo and Chewbacca met and became friends, ends with the duo in possession of the Millennium Falcon, and flying a little closer to the characters that debuted in 1977's A New Hope.
However, Chewie isn't the only Wookiee due to be part of the movie — or that actually appeared in the theatrical release — as concept art shows new designs for the fan-favorite species. Revealed in The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story, designs show how Wookiees were originally supposed to fight on the side of the Empire with some Stormtrooper-inspired armor.
An imposing troop of Wookiees was set to be part of the war on Mimban, but was swapped out in favor of the standard character design seen elsewhere in Solo. The cut storyline linked events between Revenge of the Sith and Solo after Order 66 and the Empire began enslaving the population of Kashyyyk.
Characters like Anthony Daniels' Sagwa had minor parts in Solo, meaning that the biggest Wookiee presence was Chewie himself. There's no denying that seeing the Mimbanese War played out with Wookiee vs. Stormtrooper Wookiee would've been a huge action sequence, but it was one that Solo decided not to include.
An expanded focus on Chewie's enslavement may have explained how he became the caged "beast" of Mimban, but instead, the movie leaves this plot point up the audience's imagination. Freeing slaves on Kessel helped give Chewie more of his backstory, but it is clear that the wooly Wookiees were once imagined to play a much bigger part in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
In theaters now, director Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett.
(via Screen Rant)