Han Shot First

UPDATE: An Australian Website has downloaded the video and denied this claim.

The news of the first six Star Wars films coming to digital formats this week was met with minimal excitement. Yes, it’s great that now fans can watch their favorite films on their computers, iPad, iPhones and more, but there was no news of any significant changes. There were some cool special features, but as far as anyone knew, the movies themselves were unchanged from the Blu-ray editions released in 2011.

That may not be the case.

It’s still unconfirmed, but a rumor has surfaced that at least one change has been made to one of the movies. Apparently, Han will once again shoot Greedo first in the Mos Eisley Cantina, correcting the most controversial change George Lucas made in the 1997 Special Editions.

Badass Digest first reported the rumor. They have multiple sources who’ve told them this is true but Lucasfilm has yet to comment. Word is Fox and Lucasfilm wanted the change to be a surprise for fans as opposed to some grand reveal.

UPDATE: Here’s a tweet from Dark Horizons. This rumor has been debunked.

And some updates from Badass Digest Editor Devin Faraci:

Original story continues.

A bit of backstory in case the phrase “Han Shot First” doesn’t ring a bell. In the original 1977 Star Wars, when the bounty hunter Greedo confronts Han Solo in the Cantina about Jabba the Hutt, Solo blows him away. Twenty years later, in the Special Edition, George Lucas inexplicably changed the scene so Solo’s cocky murder looked more like a reactionary response. His bad-ass character moment was turned into a moment of self-defense, and it just wasn’t right.

There were many other questionable additions to the Special Editions, but fans have long felt this was the most significant. At least they can fast forward through “Jedi Rocks” or mute the new Ewok song. Solo’s moment is mid-movie and unavoidable.

We’ll update this post if we hear back from Lucasfilm, or get visual confirmation from someone who orders the set. Do you think we’ll see Han shoot first one more time?

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