In picture: Chewbacca. Photo credit: Twitter/Star Wars official handle

[Star Wars Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for both Star Wars Episodes VII and VIII, as well as Solo: A Star Wars Story.]

Was Chewbacca meant to eat Han Solo in their first encounter? The two lifelong friends – at least until Ben solo aka Kylo Ren offed his father in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – almost never were that!

At least the novelisation of the latest film from the Star Wars universe claims as much. According to the book accompanying Solo: A Star Wars Story, the Imperial troopers wanted a small Chewie to eat a young Solo, but things didn’t go as planned!

In picture: The announcement image for the novel accompanying Solo: A Star Wars Story. | Photo credit: Twitter/Star Wars official handle

Wookie diet and aggression

The entire Star Wars canon is varied and vast. And yet, not too much is known about the diet of Wookies – the species Chewbacca belongs to.

However, we can get an idea of Wookie diet from Chewie’s food habits over the films released so far.

For example, we haven’t seen Chewbacca eat humans, but he had no compunction tearing limbs off them.

On the other hand, he had no compunction cooking and eating the adorable Porgs in front of members of their own species!

In picture: A young Han Solo and Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon. | Photo credit: Twitter/Star Wars official handle

Star Wars Spoiler Alert [Final one]

However, according to the novelisation of Solo: A Star Wars Story, some Chewie was believed to be a man-eater.

The people assuming this were some Imperial soldiers, who put a young Han Solo in the same prison cell as his future best friend Chewbacca, hoping the Wookie would eat him.

The Imperial soldiers had fed Chewie some scraps of meat every day until that point. They had hoped to make a sport out of any prisoner they threw at him.

However, the canon put paid to their plans, with Solo escaping the prison cell with Chewie. Thus formed a lifelong bond, eclipsing what could have been a really dark episode in the films.

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