Han Solo Is Not In Rogue One, Confirms Director Gareth Edwards

‘Rogue One’ director Gareth Edwards has shot down speculation that Alden Ehrenreich will make his debut as Han Solo in the upcoming blockbuster.

One of the many, many, many rumours regarding ‘Rogue One’ was that the recent reshoots for the film included a scene featuring Ehrenreich as the galaxy’s most famous smuggler.

But during an interview with Celebration Europe, via Star Wars Underworld, Edwards was asked about Han Solo’s participation in ‘Rogue One’, which he strenuously denied.

“I’m not sure if I’m allowed to do this, but I think I should,” Edwards remarked, before declaring, “Han Solo’s not in the movie.”

The lack of Han Solo in the film is completely understandable, considering that he only came into cahoots with the Rebel alliance in ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’. Trying to squeeze him into ‘Rogue One’ would have just felt clunky.

That’s not the only ‘Rogue One’ rumour about a returning ‘Star Wars’ character that has been dismissed, though. That’s because Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has come out and denied that Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in ‘Attack Of The Clones’ and ‘Revenge Of The Sith’, will be returning as Darth Vader.

According to Screen Rant, when probed on Christensen’s potential return Kennedy simply responded, “No. That is not true. I can confirm that. He is not.”

Which is hardly surprising since it’s already been confirmed that James Earl Jones’ dulcet tones will once again be used for the super-villain, which is all that really matters.

Plus, Christensen was far from the most popular aspect of the ‘Star Wars’ prequels, which means his presence won’t be overly missed, while he’s previously insisted that he’d have to think long and hard about returning, too.

We’ll get to see exactly who pops up in ‘Rogue One’ when it’s finally released on December 16. Meanwhile, the latest speculation is that we’ll get to see plenty of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in the ensuing years as it’s been rumoured that a full trilogy of films with him as the iconic hero are now in development.

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