A Star Wars story: what we know so far about the Han Solo movie

By ·October 7, 2017 10:30 am

Star Wars fans have been roaring like Wookiees since they found out that the galaxy’s greatest scoundrel is getting his own movie.

Episode VIII: The Last Jedi garners our attention as we count the days to its release in December, but information on the Han Solo A Star Wars Story has been rare. Late direction changes and recent set photos have led followers reason to believe in the mystical energy field controlling our destiny, even if it is a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.

You’re actually heading into an asteroid field of spoilers – don’t get cocky.

Great shot, kid

After a late production break with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Oscar winning director Ron Howard has come on board. A veteran of films that are full of special effects, Howard has a proven knack for blending adventure, drama, action, and comedy in the fantasy genre giant Willow, as well as in many as his other films. Fans should relish such talents being put to use in a story about a young space pirate.

What’s there to worry about? “It’s me!”

The script for the movie is provided by Lawrence Kasdan, who’s written for many of the main characters before on The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens. Also having Raiders of the Lost Ark to his name, it’s plain the see that Kasdan is more than capable of being true to the character of Han Solo as well as the swagger of Harrison Ford’s original portrayal.

Even though filming was set to wrap up in September and the release date is still set for May of next year, Howard has called back actors to re-shoot scenes and even edited out one character’s appearance in the film. Howard has made a lot of special modifications himself to mark the film as his own.

Hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, boy

Recently released information has given followers a glimpse at where the adventure will take us in the galaxy far far away as well as the plot. Confirmed planetary systems on our navi-computer are Han Solo’s home world of Corellia, as well as Kessel, Iridium, Savareen, and Vandor.

Corellia is believed to be the site where Han races speeders, and this is also something that Howard has teased. Savareen and Iridium are mentioned in franchise literature as Outer Rim planets. In the Expanded Universe Vandor was a part of the Coruscant system, but Making Star Wars has noted that this place may actually be called Fondor, a planet set to appear in Battlefront II.

A shot of a mine shaft entryway captioned “Spicey?” on Ron Howard’s Twitter has fans itching to get a flying tour of the notoriously dangerous mines of Kessel that made C-3PO rattle in fear of being “smashed into who-knows-what!” And maybe even the 12 parsecs that made the Millennium Falcon fast enough for an old fossil and his farm boy apprentice to book passage to Alderan.

“She’s fast enough for you, old man.”

Never tell me the odds

From what we know of cast and characters the movie will follow Han Solo (Aldren Ehrenreich) during his time spent as a racer before he and his mentor Beckett (Woody Harrelson) join the Empire for some adventure and a nice paycheck. A nagging conscience or some thievery could result in the scruffy looking nerd herder being sent to the mines of Kessel as punishment for insubordination.

His time with the Empire should introduce a character played by Thandie Newton, whose name has not been released but photos show her in an Imperial uniform. It is unclear how the character Kira (Emilia Clarke) fits in. Another not yet named character is set to be played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Any or all of these ladies might be friend, foe, or love interest for a young Han Solo.

In the mines Han is likely to meet an imprisoned Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo). After he frees Chewie and possibly other Wookiees, Han would be owed a life debt by the big furry oaf and unwittingly earn a new best fuzzball for life. After their escape or release from Kessel Han and Chewie set off for adventures in smuggling.

The Kessel Run is no match for the Millennium Falcon.

Audiences will be introduced to young Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and Han will first lay eyes on the love of his life, the Millennium Falcon. We may even see the gambling match where Han wins the ship from Lando fair and square, but I’m sure he’ll forget all about that.

Still more character names are yet to be revealed, even though actors are on set wrapping up filming before the Han Solo movie moves to post production. With two months until The Last Jedi comes down the chimney and a mere eight months until the next Star Wars Story is due for its own release, fans hope to see a teaser for the still untitled film soon.

Until then, fly casual.

Image credits: Disney

Written by Bree Airy


Bree Arey has been writing since she was a child. She found early inspiration in Tolkien and Lewis, as well as X-Men comic books and the science fiction shows and films like Star Trek that her family loved.

At American River College, she developed a love for classical literature and theater. In 2003 to 2005 she worked as an editor for the award winning American River Review literary magazine, in which she also had several poems and short stories published under the pen name, Akane Allan.

She currently creates content for The Nerd Recites from her home in Chico, California where she lives with her cat, Freya, waiting impatiently for Winter to come.

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