The Han Solo movie’s journey to the big screen has been a tumultuous one ever since Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired from their directorial roles on the film, reportedly for “creative differences.” Ron Howard eventually took up the role as director for the film.
Earlier today, Howard tweeted a picture teasing two characters only the most seasoned Star Wars fans would recognize:
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 14, 2017
Yes, that’s Tag and Bink, otherwise known as Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna, two goofy Imperial officers who appeared in Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars Tales, which was published from 1999 to 2005. While Tales was written and drawn by various creators over the years, Tag and Bink were created by Kevin Rubio. Throughout Tales Tag and Bink cross paths with just about every Star Wars character you can imagine — from the original and prequel eras, that is — as Tales takes place across both eras. Tag and Bink later starred in their own comics, including Tag and Bink Are Dead and Tag & Bink: Revenge of the Clone Menace.
Though this picture could have simply been Howard having a bit of fun with die-hard Star Wars fans, screenplay writer Jon Kasdan later confirmed they will be in the film:
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 (almost) no Dark Horse Comics are considered canon any longer ever since Disney’s purchase of the franchise and subsequent canon reboot, even when they were, Star Wars Tales was under the “Infinites” label, meaning they were never canon to begin with. Thus, the Han Solo movie will mark the first time these characters will officially be canonized.