When “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened in cinemas back in 2015, franchise fans saw two iconic characters separated from one another: Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). It was clear they loved one another and deserved to be together, so why aren’t they? The movie did not answer these questions, but the book “Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End” written by Chuck Wendig might have.
In an excerpt shared by StarWars.com, Han and Leia are struggling with her pregnancy with Ben. Han, who is so used to living a life of action, finds it difficult to adjust to his new life and settle down.
“It's been hard for Han. He won't say it out loud, but she can see it on his face. Her husband needs something to do. He's bored. Chewbacca's back home, looking for his family. Luke's searching the galaxy for old Jedi teachings. Han Solo's got nothing to smuggle, nowhere to gamble, no foolish Rebellion to fight for,” the excerpt reads.
Han met his end in “The Force Awakens,” so the next film, “The Last Jedi,” will only feature Leia. But since Fisher, 60, passed away on Dec. 27, 2016 following a cardiac arrest, “The Last Jedi” will most likely be Leia’s last “Star Wars” film as well.
The only one left of the main cast from the original movies is Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker. He earlier told The Hollywood Reporter that he had reservations working with Fisher given her age at first, but her acting chops really impressed him.
“She was 19 years old at the time. I was a worldly 24,” Hamill said. “So I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, it’ll be like working with a high school kid.’ But I was just bowled over. I mean she was just so instantly ingratiating and funny and outspoken. She had a way of just being so brutally candid.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be released on Dec. 15.