Rumor of the day: Solo: A Star Wars Story may explore Han's debt to a certain mob boss

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Dec 17, 2018, 8:00 PM EST (Updated)

What debt did Han Solo actually owe to Jabba the Hutt, the slug-like crime boss from Tatooine? We know it had something to do with lost cargo that belonged to Jabba, which was jettisoned from the Millenium Falcon when the ship was boarded by Imperial authorities. Apart from that, there's no real explanation of what that cargo was and why its loss led to Han ultimately being frozen in Carbonite and placed in Jabba's palace like the macabre tchotchke of some interstellar bubbe. 

According to The Sun, a "film insider" on Solo: A Star Wars Story alleges that the origin film will explore the reason for the ire between smuggler and slimy Hutt.

“It’s a huge secret, but Jabba is returning to the Star Wars universe," they are reported to have said. "Fans will learn why Han ended up owing him so much money. Yoda was brought back for The Last Jedi, and now Disney wants to bring back another legacy character."

While he has popped up in animated Star Wars shows like The Clone Wars, Jabba's last live-action appearance was in a cameo during 1999's The Phantom Menace to officiate the Tatooine pod race in which Anakin wins his freedom from Watto. Fast-forwarding to Return of the Jedi, the slippery mob boss was strangled to death with his own slave chain by Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) while in her iconic golden bikini. 

The Sun also quotes ILM VFX artist Ben Morris, whom they supposedly asked what characters might show up in the second Star Wars anthology movie. "Jabba the Hutt would be a good guess," said Morris, who was nominated for his work on The Last Jedi at the 90th Academy Awards. "If I say any more I will get into trouble."

Of course, this is all just a rumor, and we won't know unless we see Jabba in a new trailer or when the film is actually released worldwide. Solo: A Star Wars Story will be smuggled into theaters on May 25.