Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Young Han Solo 'Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith' Concept Art By Iain McCaig

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - by Maurice Mitchell 6



See some designs by IainMcCaig that show what young Han Solo would have looked like in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Iain McCaig is an illustrator, storybhoard artist and conceptual designer. He was involved in the Star Wars film projects as well as John Carter of Mars.

Check them out after the jump and click on the images to enlarge.


Some concept art has been swirling around recently. It's not new or anything, but what makes it exciting is it ties into the news of Star Wars spin-off films.  It first appeared in the excellent concept art book Art of Star Wars III (Star Wars Episode III) from 2005.

The story goes that Lucas wrote early drafts of the script in which a 10-year-old Han Solo appears on Kashyyyk, Chewbacca's home planet, but the role was not cast or shot.

Here's the clip from the script:

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…

McCaig 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.”

Thankfully, it got cut. I can think of 100,000 things wrong with this idea, but the biggest one is implying that Chewbacca was Solo's surrogate father. It changes the whole relationship.


You can see more of Iain McCaig's work at www.iainmccaig.com and iainmccaig.blogspot.com and on my Filmsketchr Concept Art blog.

Wikipedia Description
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the sixth film released in the Star Wars saga and the third in terms of the series' chronology.

The film takes place three years after the onset of the Clone Wars. The Jedi Knights are spread out across the galaxy leading a massive clone army in the war against the Separatists. The Jedi Council dispatches Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi to eliminate the evil General Grievous, leader of the Separatist Army. Meanwhile, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, separated from Kenobi, his former master, grows close to Palpatine, the Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and, unknown to the public, a Sith Lord. Their deepening friendship proves dangerous for the Jedi Order, the Republic, and Anakin himself who inevitably succumbs to the dark side of the Force and becomes Darth Vader, changing the fate of the galaxy forever.

Directed by George Lucas
Produced by Rick McCallum
Written by George Lucas
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz
Cinematography: David Tattersall
Production Design: Gavin Bocquet
Via /Film

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Maurice Mitchell
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6 comments:

  1. Maybe not that way, but seeing a young Han Solo in it would have been awesome.

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  2. If you read the Han Solo books, the old story is that Han has surrogate mother wookie on board a ship of smugglers (he's kind of adopted/enslaved by the smuggler captain).
    Cool art thought, and the concept might have been interesting, if not quite fitting with Han and Chewie's relationship later.

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  3. Yeah, they were friends and partners first. That would've been awkward.

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  4. I know right Alex. He would be bossing around his Dad!

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  5. I guess that part makes sense Tyrean. Thanks for the perspective.

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  6. I always thought it was strange he wasn't there Joshua.

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