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Concept art for Han Solo's Revenge of the Sith cameo

Details for young Han Solo's prequel appearance doing the rounds online.

Last week it was rumoured that the first of the confirmed spin-off 'Star Wars' movies would concern the origins of Han Solo.

However had things gone differently we would already have seen a ten-year-old Solo in 'Episode III: Revenge of the Sith'.

Slashfilm dug out the official Lucasfilm book 'The Art of Revenge of the Sith', and found concept art and dialogue relating to the pint-sized smuggler.

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In early drafts of the script a small cameo was left in for Solo in which he interacted with Yoda on the Wookie homeworld of Kashyyyk.

After a transmission with the rest of the Jedi council, Yoda - who is overseeing an important battle - turns to find Solo.

HAN SOLO "I found part of a transmitter droid near the east bay… I think it's still sending and receiving signals."

YODA "Good. Good. Track this we can back to the source. Find General Grievous, we might…"

It isn't much but it is an indication of what Solo's backstory was in-part originally meant to be.

Clearly an inhabitant of Kashyyyk (there's no other reason for a child being there during a war), it's not hard to imagine that Solo and Chewbacca, who does appear in a cameo alongside Yoda, were friends from a young age.

There is also concept art of what a young Solo would have looked like.

Concept artist Iain McCaig wrote in the book about the sketch, that obviously never made it to the finished film.

He said: "It’s not in the script anymore, but we were told that Han Solo was on Kashyyyk and that he was being raised by Chewbacca. He’s such a persnickety guy later on – he always has to have the best of everything – so I thought it’d be great if when he was a kid, he was an absolute slob."

Of course seeing as the cameo never made it to screen it can easily be disregarded should a Solo origin story ever be made, but it's interesting to know George Lucas' original intentions.