For decades, it feels like everyone but the audience could understand what Chewbaccaâ€™s been saying in the Star Wars saga. Chief among those characters is his friend, Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford throughout the infamous smugglerâ€™s appearances in the legendary film series. Well now, thereâ€™s now video showing that not only did Ford actually have lines to play off of when filming both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, but those lines still exist in behind-the-scenes footage.
Prepare to have your mind blown, as Chewbacca speaks like a human in the video below:
Breaking into two scenes of dialogue, the first comes from 1977â€™s Star Wars: A New Hope, where Chewie, played by the late Peter Mayhew, talks to Han about his skeptical attitude towards the late Sir Alec Guinnessâ€™ character, Obi-Wan Kenobi. What were previously the classic vocal grunts that used to stand in as Chewbaccaâ€™s vocals was, instead, the following line of dialogue spoken on the set of the first Death Star:
After that line, Harrison Fordâ€™s Han goes on to ask Luke exactly where he found Obi-Wan, and the rest is history. Itâ€™s not a groundbreaking revelation that shakes the Star Wars series to its core, nor is it a bit of trivia that neatly ties in one film to another. Still, it’s a fun thing to know what lines were written in the scripts to two of the fundamental entries into the franchiseâ€™s history.
The scene from 1980â€™s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back isnâ€™t a big moment in Star Wars history either, as the dialogue is from the scene where Chewie is making repairs to the Millennium Falcon on Hoth. Towards the beginning of the film, we hear Peter Mayhewâ€™s dialogue in-between the lines that we know Ford spoke in the film, as follows:
While Chewie has been seen as Han Soloâ€™s conscience to a certain degree, this moment shared on Twitter shows that even in the earlier history of the characterâ€™s original trilogy appearances, he was just as rough and tumble as Han.
Though with the dialogue thatâ€™s now been shared from the original scripts firmly planted in the collective heads of Star Wars fandom, one has to wonder if we could ever see new versions of the films in the classic trilogy, or even any other films with Chewbacca in them, be released with an audio track and/or subtitles thatâ€™d reveal the previously unknown dialogue of Chewieâ€™s past.
With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker headed to theaters at the end of the year, the audience will undoubtedly be trying to figure out what actor Joonas Suotamoâ€™s version of this Wookie is saying to his friends of all species. Especially since heâ€™s one of the people teasing the big twists and turns the final film in the Skywalker Saga will contain, confirming that just as we thought, Chewbacca knows more than the audience thinks he does.
The â€œChewbacca Cutâ€� of the Star Wars series will probably never happen, but itâ€™s still fun to take a look at the rare bits of footage and audio that do exist out there. Maybe fans will be inspired to try and create their own versions of the dialogue, but in any case, we now know thereâ€™s a lot more to Chewbacca than we see on the surface.