A New Book Explores How Han Solo Became Our Favourite Smuggler

This behind-the-scenes photo from the set of The Empire Strikes Back is perfection, and it’s one of many in a new Solo-centric book. (Photo: Insight Editions)

We all know about Han Solo as a character: Smuggler, scoundrel, father of an evil son. But what about as a concept? Why did this character, more than almost every other character not just in Star Wars, but in pop culture as a whole, resonate so much with so many? A new book will try to figure it out.

The book is called Star Wars Icons: Han Solo, written by Gina McIntyre, and it’ll be out November 13 from Insight Editions. It features interviews with Harrison Ford, Alden Ehrenreich, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Peter Mayhew, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Jonathan Kasdan, along with all sorts of new photos and concept art.

Here’s the book’s cover as well as a few pages, which show how it approaches Solo not just from the Ford and Ehrenreich versions, but the comic book and book versions of the classic character too. Click on each to see it larger.

The book cover. (Photo: Insight Editions)
Two pages focusing on Solo in the sequel trilogy. (Photo: Insight Editions)
Pages focusing on Solo from his standalone film. (Photo: Insight Editions)
Pages from Solo in The Empire Strikes Back. (Photo: Insight Editions)
Pages talking about Solo from the Marvel Comics. (Photo: Insight Editions)

As a Han Solo fan, this book has me drooling with anticipation. I can’t wait to learn more about the development of the character from that enormous list of experts.

The one minor knock, though, is it seems McIntyre didn’t get to speak to Solo’s original creator, Mr George Lucas, about it. However, she got Ford, Kasdan, Mayhew and many others, so even without Lucas’ direct insight, we’ll sure get a glimpse into his mind too.

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