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Han finds out Chewbacca’s age in new Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer

Correcting a former guess

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Chewbacca (L) and young Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story

There’s a big age difference between Han Solo and his best friend, Chewbacca, according to the most recent Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer.

The revelatory moment occurs toward the end of the trailer, when Han and Chewie are flying the Millennium Falcon. After Han asks Chewie how he knows to fly the ship, the young smuggler gets a surprising answer.

“190 years old?” Han asks, translating Chewbacca’s response for the viewer. “You look great!”

Based on the new information, it isn’t too difficult to guess Chewbacca’s age in Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, the first time he appeared. We know there’s a 19-year gap between the events of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, with Solo taking place just a few years after Episode III. A timeline from Del Ray Books, the official publisher of the Star Wars novels, helps fill in the blanks.

Best guesses place the events of Solo approximately 12 or 13 years before A New Hope, meaning Chewbacca is either 202- or 203-years-old. That makes Chewbacca about 28 years younger than a popular Wookiepedia entry claims. A similar Wookiepedia entry claims that Wookiees live to be about 400 years old, so Chewbacca was just coming into the best years of his life during Solo.

Solo: A Star Wars Story will be released on May 25.

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