THE young Han Solo mainly smuggled fags in his ‘space van’ and sold them in pubs, the latest Star Wars film will reveal.
The forthcoming Han Solo spinoff film will show Solo starting out in smuggling by making short, uneventful journeys from Tatooine to nearby planets to buy fags and ‘retail size’ boxes of Golden Virginia rolling tobacco.
Director Chris Miller said: “Star Wars fans are used to seeing Han in space battles, but we felt they’d appreciate the realism of him schlepping back and forth from alien cash-and-carrys with the fags hidden under a tarpaulin in the back.
“Han can make two Imperial credits of clear profit on 20 space fags. That’s about £1.50, so with a whole consignment he’s looking at £300 for a couple of days’ easy work.
“If Han’s van gets pulled over by an Imperial cruiser he can expect no mercy and find himself in the space magistrate’s court facing a substantial fine.
“There’s no Luke or Leia at this stage, but we do meet Chewie when he buys a packet of menthols as Han surreptitiously sells them out of a carrier bag in Mos Eisley Cantina.
“The film ends with him putting a down payment on the Millennium Falcon. It’s a bit disappointing, but we don’t want to ‘use up’ Han Solo too quickly.”