The upcoming Han Solo standalone (now titled Solo) will feature some of the most notable names in Star Wars history. Younger versions of Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and…Tag and Bink?
While most Star Wars fans know the franchise for its splendid films, there’s an entire subset that loves its comics as well. To most in that genre, Tag and Bink are two of the best characters ever introduced.
In a recent tweet, the Han Solo Film’s director, Ron Howard posted an image of a pair of Imperial officers, with the caption “#tagandbink .
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 14, 2017
More comedic than the usual tone that most Star Wars content is set around, Tag and Bink debuted in 2001 as part of a four issued series created by Kevin Rubio (director of Star Wars Fan Film Troops), starting with Tag & Bink Are Dead. The miniseries saw the two hapless rebels cross paths with every major main character across, with the first three comic books a single movie in the original trilogy and the fourth covers the entire prequel trilogy.
The characters are loosely based on Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, about two minor characters from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The duos actual names, Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna, are based on based on machinations of names found in early drafts of the first Star Wars script, which featured names like “Bean” “Camie” “Fixer.” Their personalities and traits are based on Rubio’s younger brothers, Craig and Brian.
Thank You, Kevin. I'm a huge fan and I had to get 'em in there, and then had to play it myself (with Toby Hefferman) to do it justice
— Jon Kasdan (@JonKasdan) October 14, 2017
While each story they’ve taken part in are explicitly non-canon, taking place in the Infinities timeline, their role in the upcoming Han Solo flick will definitely be canon. Their role was also confirmed by film’s screenwriter, John Kasdan, as he will play on of the two alongside the film’s Second Unit Director Toby Hefferman.
It hasn’t been stated just how large of a role the two will play, but either way, it’ll be fun to see them in the film. Be sure to check back to the site for updates, as well as all of your other Nerdy News and Needs!