New Images & Details From Solo: A Star Wars Story

The upcoming Star Wars movie reveals new details on characters and plot and debuts new images!


New Character Info & Images From Solo!

New Character Info & Images From Solo!

Lucasfilm and Disney have released new info and images from the upcoming Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story, via Entertainment Weekly. Described as “a Western crossed with a film noir, freighted with offbeat humor and set in the criminal underbelly of a galaxy being torn apart,” Solo will bet set several years before the character’s original introduction in 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy described the film as “a heist, gunslinger type movie,” saying this about the title character, “He might be a little more immature, he may be a little less experienced, and he may hone his cynicism over time, but he’s very wary. He needs to gain the respect of the people he interacts with, even if they’re the lowest of the low.”

28-year-old actor Alden Ehrenreich is taking on the smuggler role from Harrison Ford who began playing the character when he was 35. Alden will be portraying Han several years before we meet him in the Mos Eisley cantina where he agrees to fly Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi to Alderaan in an encounter which forever changes his fate. "I think the main thing that’s different is that the Han we meet in this film is more of an idealist,” Ehrenreich tells EW. “He has certain dreams that he follows, and we watch how it affects him as those dreams meet new realities — realities that are harder and more challenging than he’d expected.”

Writer of the film Lawrence Kasdan who also penned the scripts for Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens says of the film, “To me, this is a love story between Han and Chewie. Their relationship has always been my favorite part of the saga, and the fact that only Han understands what Chewie is saying, I find a very funny possibility for comedy. Wookiees have so many positive qualities. But what they don’t do is make it easy for you to get in.” Going the wrong way on a one-way track, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taking part in a heist, but Lucasfilm isn’t ready to reveal just what they’re stealing. It’s aboard this double-sided train, however, a machine known as “the Conveyex.” 

Donald Glover has already grifted his way into the hearts of Star Wars fans, just by flashing a single smile as Lando Calrissian in the recent trailer. In this scene, he’s playing cards with his two-headed alien friend. “Yeah, we are playing a game of sabacc,” Glover says. ” A lot of it, you know?” That’s the same game that Han Solo played to win the Falcon from his old frenemy. But we don’t yet know whether that takes place in this particular scene. “We are getting a taste of that. How good is Lando? How good is Han?” Glover says.

Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays this mechanical character via motion-capture. She’s got a more idiosyncratic personality than your typical droids. She’s more human — which probably means more emotional and slightly less rigid. Her name L3-37 which is a reference to “leet,” the practice of replacing certain 1etters in w0rds with numb3rs that 100k simi1ar. There’s a reason some of her parts look familiar, too, even though she’s unique in the galaxy. 

Han grows up on the mean streets of the galaxy with one friend, a fellow cast-off, Qi’ra, played by Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, who becomes this galactic noir’s mystery woman. “She has a couple of guises, but essentially she is just fighting to stay alive,” Clarke says. In other words, don’t be fooled by her character’s elegant facade. “If you’ve got a really glamorous lady in a really sordid environment, you kind of know the glamor is hiding a few rough roads,” Clarke adds. 

Woody Harrelson plays a criminal who’s hoping to up his status with a big score by organizing a daring heist. For a guy who didn’t grow up with a father, Tobias Beckett becomes a mentor to Solo. Here you see the trio seated at the table where Chewie would later play Luke Skywalker in a game of Dejarik chess. ”He’s a powerful criminal, but a free agent,” says director Ron Howard. “Tobias Beckett really shapes Han more than anybody, as Han comes to believe that in a lawless time, he needs a moral code.” And yes, the Falcon sure looks neat and tidy, doesn’t it? It’s got a different appearance on the outside, too.

The Millennium Falcon looks radically different in Solo than in any of the other Star Wars films. What’s with the closed nose that we’re used to seeing as a prong? “I wonder what that could be?” Ron Howard says coyly. “You’ll have to see. The Falcon is a character in the movie, without a doubt. That machine is a defining factor in Han’s future. Every aspect of this movie moves, shifts, and transforms in very interesting and yet plausible ways.”

here we have some dirty Imperial officers and a medical droid in a hazy photo. However, they are walking on the planet Mimban. This world has one of the longest histories in galactic lore as this swamp world and marshland has an atmosphere full of thunderstorms, so its sky is perpetually overcast and the land is always draped in mist. This was the setting of the 1978 novel Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Allan Dean Foster, which took place two years after the events of the original Star Wars and saw Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia stranded on the muddy planet while Darth Vader searched it for a Force relic known as the Kaiburr crystal. The novel is no longer canon, but as the first major follow-up story to Star Wars, predating even The Empire Strikes Back, it remains dear to the fans who’ve been following since the beginning. Kybur crystals later became part of the canon as the key element that powers a lightsaber — and in Rogue One, we learned they were harnessed to channel the energy blast of the Death Star. Mimban has already slipped back into the official narrative in other ways because it was the site of many battles and even got a mention on the animated series The Clone Wars. In Star Wars legend, it’s the site of several Imperial mining operations, which raid the world of its resources to fuel the Empire’s war machines. Exactly what the Empire is doing there in this film has yet to be revealed, but fans can rest assured that Mimban is still a limitless resource for Star Wars storytellers.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is directed by Ron Hwoard, written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emelia Clarke, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, and Woody Harrelson. Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. The movie will be released into theaters on May 25.

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