With SOLO: A Star Wars Story being released in less than 80 days, Disney has officially released the synopsis for the upcoming standalone film.
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.
Although this doesn’t really provide fans with a whole lot of information, J.J Abrams, the director of Episode VII & IX in the Star Wars saga has suggested that the film will take place around 10 years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. This time period sits at the end of the prequel trilogy and the start of the original trilogy, which means that the Empire will be evident throughout as this is when Darth Vader and the Emporer, Darth Sidious began to claim dominance over the galaxy, as depicted in A New Hope.
Although this hasn’t been confirmed by a specific source, there has been a lot of speculation with regards to different story points throughout the film that suggests a multitude of events such as,
- Han Solo winning the Millenium Falcon from Lando Calrissian,
- How Han’s Mentor taught him the ways of the smuggling world,
- How his relationship with Chewbacca started and began to flourish.
- How Han made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.
A lot of Han’s backstory has previously been explored through the expanded universe, but since Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, the majority of these books have been deemed non-canonical.
The film will also introduce a selection of new characters, listed below.
Qi’Ra (Portrayed by Emilia Clarke)
“She has a couple of guises, but essentially she is just fighting to stay alive. If you’ve got a really glamorous lady in a really sordid environment, you kind of know the glamour is hiding a few rough roads.”―Emilia Clarke talking to Entertainment weekly about Qi’ra.
L3-37 (Portrayed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge)
a feminine hodgepodge droid associated with Lando Calrissian who lived during the reign of the Galactic Empire. She was a one of a kind droid, assembling and improving herself with scraps of other droids.
Val (Portrayed by Thandie Newton)
There hasn’t been any information released about Val as of yet, which suggests that Disney is keeping her as mysterious as they possibly can.
Tobias Beckett (Portrayed by Woody Harrelson)
“I play a guy named Beckett, who’s kind of a criminal and a mentor to Han.”―Woody Harrelson talking to the ‘Tonight Show’ about Tobias Beckett.
The Main villain in the film is another character that doesn’t have any information at present. It was recently leaked in some promotional products that the character may be called ‘Enfys Nest’ although nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Fans are also hoping that the bounty hunter Boba Fett will make an appearance as one of Director Ron Howard’s behind the scenes images shows a helmet that could resemble Boba’s Mandalorian helmet.
At present, this is all the information we have to go off regarding the film. There are a couple of trailers that have been released as well as some character posters, but it seems that we won’t know much more until Solo: A Star Wars Story is released in Cinemas on May 25th.
May the force be with you!