‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Leaks Suggest Han Solo Survived Fall

Star Wars: Episode VIII news is being kept secret, as is the case with every Star Wars project, but early rumors and leaks are beginning to piece together a sparse plot. While most have accepted the death of Han Solo as a fact, some Star Wars fans haven’t been so willing to let go of the legend, played by Harrison Ford, and their obsessive digging for the truth may have finally borne fruit. There’s a new fan theory, suggested by some of the more determined Star Wars fans, that we may yet see Han Solo back in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Star Wars: Episode VIII To Bring Back Han Solo?

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In fact, the idea that the next Star Wars film will return Han Solo to the land of the living is just one aspect of a greater plot theory, as revealed by the Morning Ledger. The fall that supposedly killed Han Solo was not that different from the fall Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) survived in his confrontation with Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, so, as current theories suggest, Han Solo’s survival isn’t all that implausible. Critics of The Force Awakens have pointed out that J.J. Abrams has been recreating the events of the original trilogy, which may also lend credence to this theory.

The Star Wars: Episode VIII theory further suggests that Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) was, in fact, working with his father as a double agent and that the fall had been a premeditated farce set up to prove Kylo’s loyalty to the First Order.

There aren’t any facts to support this idea as of yet. The Morning Ledger reported that Harrison Ford is still credited as Han Solo on the Star Wars: Episode VIII IMDb page, but, if that listing did exist, it has since been removed. That might indicate Ford’s Han Solo does play a role in the upcoming Star Wars sequel and the studio is trying to keep that under wraps, or it may have just been a clerical error. There’s always the possibility that Han Solo really is dead.

Star Wars Production Company Found At Fault In Harrison Ford Accident

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One can’t talk about the Star Wars franchise without giving at least a moment’s thought to the accident Harrison Ford suffered on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Force Awakens. As a result of Ford’s accident, which resulted in a broken leg, Variety reports that a British court has found Foodles Production, the Disney production company, guilty of breaking health and safety rules. As a result, the company has been fined £1.6 million ($2 million).

The accident occurred when an unnamed Star Wars crew member pressed an unlabeled button aboard the Millennium Falcon set, causing a hydraulic door to come crashing down on Ford’s leg. In addition to suffering fractured tibia and fibula bones, which had to be screwed together in a costly surgery, Harrison also had plastic surgery done to repair a “deep laceration” on his left hand.

“The greatest failing of all on behalf of the company is a lack of communication, a lack because, if you have a risk assessment and you do not communicate it, what is the point of having one? That is the most serious breach here,” said Judge Francis Sheridan, in passing sentence at Aylesbury Crown Court in the U.K.

The Aylesbury Crown Court judge added that preventing the accident might have been as simple as keeping the Star Wars actor better informed about the sets on which he was working.

As Harrison Ford has previously shared in interviews, the door in question comes down with just as much speed and force as is seen in the Star Wars film. As such, Harrison is fortunate that his injuries were limited to his left leg and hand. Had he been positioned differently, Mr. Ford might have been killed. This was a point made by the U.K. government’s Health and Safety Executive director, Tim Galloway.

“The power and speed of the door was such that, had Mr. Ford or anyone else been struck on the head by the door as it closed, they might easily have been killed.”

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