About a month ago the world was struck by news coming from Disney CEO Bob Iger saying that Han Solo, after 40 years, was not his original name anymore. Turns out that it was all just a big misunderstanding.
What started the whole thing was when Bob Iger at a special USC lecture said: "you will also discover how he got his name." After that, there was no further explanation about it so it seemed like Disney had decided that Han Solo was not always named Han Solo anymore. With fans of the lore and people on the Internet disliking change in general, it caused a bit of commotion. Now Disney and Lucasfilms have, in a video with MTV, gone out and cleared the air. Lucasfilms President Kathleen Kennedy said:
"I’m not sure that that’s entirely what Bob [Iger, Disney CEO] meant. There’s more to Han Solo’s name, but it’s not that it’s not his name. It’s obviously his name. It will always be his name."
So what Bob Iger really meant about a month ago was that the Han Solo spin-off film will explain how he earned his name in a more figurative sense, like how he became the galaxy renowned smuggler and capable of doing the "Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs". For those who read all the old books, this film will be rather familiar since, from what has been revealed, it takes quite a bit from the Han Solo trilogy books, some of the best extended universe books, in both revealed names and settings.
The Han Solo spin-off film is set for release sometime 2018, what date will be revealed later on, as will its official name.