Star Wars Officially Made Dash Rendar Canon In 2018 | Screen Rant
Star Wars made Dash Rendar canon again through Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Star Wars universe started on the big screen back in 1977, but it grew exponentially after the Original Trilogy ended with the Expanded Universe, which introduced a number of characters who'd become fan-favorites.
Among these was Dash Rendar, a human male smuggler born into a wealthy Corellian family during the final years of the Galactic Republic. Initially, he chose a career as an officer in the Imperial Navy, but when his family refused to sell their business to Prince Xizor, the Dark Prince sabotaged a freighter flown by Dash’s brother, killing him and crashing the ship into the Imperial Museum. Emperor Palpatine blamed the Rendar family, exiled them from the Core Worlds, and dismissed Dash from the Imperial Academy. Dash went on to become a well-known hot-shot pilot, smuggler, and mercenary. When Disney wiped out the Star Wars EU, turning it into Legends, Dash was among those to be lost from canon.
In subsequent years, more and more Star Wars Legends have returned to canon, and that includes Dash Rendar. He was brought back to canon through Solo: A Star Wars Story: Tales From Vandor, a replica journal book companion to the film Solo: A Star Wars Story, published in 2018, which Dash is casually mentioned in. In the book, Dash Rendar is referred to as a “loudmouth flyboy” who claims that Chewbacca was the one who deserved all the credit as he was told by Wookiee scouts on Kashyyyk about secret routes all over the galaxy, which Chewie later shared with Tobias Beckett’s gang.
The book also includes a quote from Dash, confirming that Chewie got the route from the Wookiees and that Han Solo avoids the topic whenever he’s asked about it. The full quote reads: "Han got that route from Chewie. And Chewie got it from the Wookiee scouts who helped the Republic back in the Clone Wars. Next time Han's here, ask him and watch how fast he changes the subject. Han Solo, ha. If I'm around, you don't need that guy." In Star Wars Legends, Dash and Han met at the Imperial Academy, and they developed a friendly rivalry. He later helped Lando Calrissian and Leia track down Han after he was captured by Boba Fett.
Dash Rendar being brought to canon doesn’t necessarily mean that he will appear in future Star Wars films, but it shows that there’s hope for many other characters that were left in Star Wars Legends and declared non-canon to come back somehow. Star Wars Legends is full of stories, characters, and events that can either fill-in some gaps or just add to the current canon, so here’s to hoping that more of these will be brought back at some point.