It's not exactly the greatest of ways to meet the being who will be your best friend and co-pilot for the next thirty-plus years, but the coming together of Han Solo with the chained, starved and angry 'beast' prisoner Chewbacca, on the swamp world of Mimban, was certainly unexpected, dramatic, fun and a well conceived/ executed idea for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Their soon leg-chained escape from the pit reminded me of a Star Wars version of that classic on-the-run drama The Defiant Ones, which starred Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier. Though here it was clearly done in a much more humorous vein.
Very interesting information on the film's first draft and the original ideas pairing Han and Chewie for the first time:
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Find out more about our ever-lovable Wookiee hero of the cinematic adventure Solo: A Star Wars Story via the colourful, informative and gloriously photo-packed The Official Guide to the film, comprehensively written and compiled by Lucasfilm Story Group expert Pablo Hidalgo, published by DK Books.
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