Star Wars Celebration didn't reveal nearly as much about the future of the franchise on the movie side of things as fans had hoped, but any news that was revealed got left in the dust in the wake of San Diego Comic-Con. During Star Wars Celebration, there were more interviews than anyone could possibly have kept up with. That being the case, some of those kind of got buried and it looks like some big news got lost in the shuffle. The big news being that Han Solo and Hayden Christensen will not be in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The fan site Star Wars Underworld has uncovered a couple of interviews with Extra from Star Wars Celebration that made these confirmations seperately. Starting with Han Solo, there have been prominent rumors that everyone's favorite smuggler was going to be making a cameo in the movie. It would make some sense, given the timeline and that Disney and Lucasfilm officially confirmed Alden Ehrenreich for the part in the young Han Solo movie. However, during Celebration, director Gareth Edwards tackled this rumor head on. Here is what he had to say.
"I'm not sure if I'm allowed to do this, but I think I should...Han Solo's not in the movie."
The fact that Han Solo is not going to be in the movie is very significant, because the timeline for Rogue One will bump up very closely to A New Hope. If the decision had been made to put Ehrenreich in the movie in any capacity, it would have been much closer to replacing Harrison Ford as Han Solo, as opposed to him being a younger version of the character. That means the rumors of Disney and Lucasfilm planning a prequel trilogy with Ehrenreich as Han Solo would make more sense, because they can fit it into a timeline of their choosing.
The revelation that Han Solo will be absent from Rogue One wasn't the only bit that Extra was able to squeeze out of Star Wars creatives. Extra also talked briefly to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and were able to get her to debunk a long standing rumor. Kennedy cleared the air, likely to the delight of most Star Wars fans, and confirmed that Hayden Christensen will also not be in the movie. Here is what she had to say when asked about it point blank.
"No. That is not true. I can confirm that. He is not."
Rumors had been persisting that Christensen may be involved in the new Star Wars movies for quite some time. A popular theory was that he was going to appear in The Force Awakens as a force ghost, but that obviously did not come to pass. Again, probably for the better in terms of keeping fans happy. We do know that Darth Vader is going to appear in Rogue One and will be voiced once again by James Earl Jones. However, we don't know who will be playing him in the suit. So, it was possible that Christensen would have been reprising the role, as he was last seen in full Vader garb at the end of Revenge of the Sith in 2005. That will not be the case, according to Kennedy.
It looks like we are going to have to wait until Phil Lord and Chris Miller's Han Solo spinoff movie comes out in 2018 to see what Alden Ehrenreich can bring to the iconic role, but that may not be the worst thing. It also looks like Hayden Christensen won't be heading back to a galaxy far far away any time soon, and that seems like a fairly wise decision on the part of Lucasfilm. You can check out the full interviews with Kathleen Kennedy and Gareth Edwards for yourself below.