Disney Plus: Han Shoots First Scene From Star Wars: A New Hope Has Been Changed Again


Of all the many changes that George Lucas made to the original Star Wars trilogy over the course of its various reissues and rereleases, there are none as controversial as Greedo shooting first in his confrontation with Han Solo in the original 1977 film A New Hope. The film is one of many Star Wars movies now available in 4K on Disney+, and the scene has been changed yet again.

The moment comes towards the end of the iconic Mos Eisley Cantina sequence, when Greedo confronts Han about the money owed to Jabba the Hutt. In the original version, Han abruptly ends the discussion by shooting Greedo dead, before swaggering out of the bar. But when the movie was rereleased as the Special Edition with various digital alterations in 1997, it was changed so that Greedo fires first and (somehow) misses, before Han shoots him, changing Han's motivation from murder to self-defence. And that's how the scene has played out in every subsequent edition of A New Hope–until now.

With the movie now on Disney+, it hasn't taken fans long to notice that the scene has changed again. Greedo still shoots and misses, but it seems that he does it at exactly the same time as Han. There's a new inserted shot of Greedo saying something without subtitles, before it cuts to them firing simultaneously. It was first spotted by the Twitter account Star Wars Visual Comparisons, who captured it below:

If you want to check out the previous versions of this scene, the original is here, while the Special Edition version can be watched here. As for what Greedo says before he shoots, it seems to be "Maclunkey!" We're not sure what that means, but comedian Eric Fell has discovered that it's not the first time the word has appeared in the Star Wars series:

Fans can find a wealth of Star Wars content on Disney+–check out GameSpot's guide to everything available to watch right now. One of the biggest releases is The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars TV show. The first episode is available now, and you can read GameSpot's review here.

However, it's possible you might be having trouble watching any content on Disney+. There are day one issues across the many devices that it can be watched on, with various reports of playback and loading problems.

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