Me and Han Solo Down by the SchoolyardWhit Honea
It was early in the Star Wars universe. Darth Vader hadn’t turned in the dark side for daddy blogging, Luke still had a shot with his sister, and Han Solo still shot first. I spent my days beneath the shade of a brick wall and stocky third graders, planning our rebellion, and trading bubblegum cards like so much jailhouse currency.
We never could have known that the reach of Star Wars would stretch well beyond our childhood years and swaddle itself accordingly around kids of our own, but we always figured it would. Some things are meant to stay.
It has been well documented by every parent with a mouth how much their kids love Star Wars. In fact, the family bonding opportunities created by the multigenerational pop culture juggernaut were powerful enough to lift the voices of countless singing Padawans high above the ether and into the good graces of Disney, which, among other things, immediately put the chocolate of my youth squarely inside the peanut butter of my now (or vice versa). Needless to say, I was pretty excited.
And then the announcements came from galaxies as far away as Burbank and just outside San Francisco, more Star Wars movies are coming, and the story of Han Solo would, possibly, be one of them.
My thoughts on the matter are somewhat torn. On one hand, I am thrilled to see anything with Han Solo make it to the big screen, but the chance that he may have grown up next to a young Jar Jar Binks fills me with terror. Luckily, Disney has done right by Muppets, Avengers, and Munchkins, so I really have no reason to doubt they will show the same respect for our lovable scoundrel.
But that’s not all! I just read on the Daily Express (not to be confused with Honea Express) that the new Star Wars trilogy being directed by J.J. Abrams has signed Harrison Ford to reprise his role as Han Solo. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) have reportedly agreed to return as well.
I think I’m going to need a bigger vest. And some more bubblegum cards.
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