Star Wars was a franchise too big to fail… until Solo came out, that is. The prequel, which was all about the backstory of fan favorite Han Solo, flopped financially. No Star Wars film has ever done this before, so what went wrong? The movie did gain largely positive reviews from critics, even if many thought the story was one which didn’t need telling. Yet that didn’t translate into box office gold. Recently, Lucasfilm C.E.O. Kathleen Kennedy spoke candidly about mistakes made during the process.
In 1977 a fairly unknown actor named Harrison Ford took the role of Han Solo in a movie called Star Wars. Little did he know that the movie would go on to spawn one of the biggest franchises of all time. And not only that, but Han Solo would end up becoming a truly beloved character as well.
Solo was a main character all the way to the end of the original Star Wars trilogy. In its final chapter, Return of the Jedi, Ford suggested Solo be killed off. However, Star Wars creator George Lucas thought differently, and Solo ended the movie alive, well and continuing his relationship with Princess Leia.