Han Solo, the notorious smuggler who could make the “Kessel run in 12 parsecs”. The man who won the iconic Millennium Falcon in a bet. Lost it, won it back. Lost it again. And then got it back in Star Wars Episode 7. The man who won over Princess Leia with his devilish charm. The man who birthed Ben Solo. A young Jedi in training who would turn on his master (and uncle) Luke Skywalker. The man who was impaled with a Red-Light Saber, unstable with energy from its cracked Kyber Crystal. The Wookie Chewbacca who owed Han a life debt, now free to his own vices. Han Solo, will forever go down in the history of all nerd-dom as one of the Greatest of All Time (GOATs). So why am I writing about him now? Disney is bringing us another Star Wars movie this May. But this time, Han Solo is the star. Will this film live up to its very name? Let’s find out.
We hear a young Han Solo narrating the intro of the latest Solo trailer. “I’ve been running scams on the streets since I was ten”. This movie should shed light on just how far back Han Solo’s life as a rascal really goes. We know he has a gambling problem from how many different bounty hunters, gangsters, and even acquaintances he has owed money to throughout the Star Wars Cinematic Universe. But where did it begin? What was that first bet he ever made? We know Han makes a living from smuggling. But what put him on that track? If you watch the Trailer, you’ll hear a young Han blame his expulsion from the Space Academy on “having a personality”. So, what got him kicked out? Did he cheat on a test? What if he got into a fight? One thing is for sure. Han has always been the best pilot in the galaxy. Shots of Han commandeering the Millennium Falcon through space, asteroids, alien tentacles, and more are fleshed out throughout the trailer. And what about Chewbacca? How does our favorite loveable furry killing machine find himself in debt to Han? This is Han we’re talking about. The man with more bounties on his head than he can count. If you read the books, you’ll learn that Chewie was freed from Slavery by Han. But why? Han hasn’t always been most altruistic individual. And how did Han learn to understand Wookie? These are just a few of the questions that Solo: A Star Wars Story is expected to answer. On top of all of this, let’s hope for some kick ass adventures.
There a quite a few gems among this cast. First off, the up and coming star. Alden Ehrenreich, who is probably best known for his role in Hail Caesar, plays the infamous Han Solo. Handsome guy that Alden. Next up, a role with its own cult following, Lando Calrissian. It was Lando that first lost the Millenium Falcon to Han Solo. It was after that loss, that Lando put his gambling days behind him. Yet his friendship with Han only strengthened over time. But how did these two first meet? Fan favorite rapper, singer, actor, and now producer Donald Glover (you might know him as Childish Gambino), will play a young Lando. How’s that for a cameo? Any fans of the TV series Atlanta will know Donald Glover can act. Let’s not forget my favorite and most likely sleeper hit, Woody Harrelson. He will play Han Solo’s mentor. I have very fond memories of Woody playing Tallahassee, the ball busting cowboy from Zombieland. You might remember him from War of the Planet of the Apes where he plays the badass Colonel McCullough that enslaves the apes to prepare for war. In Solo, Woody’s role as Tobias Beckett will take an orphaned Han under his wing and show him how to navigate societies’ underbelly. Other than that, not too much is known for the role. Female fan favorite Emilia Clarke, from the ever-popular Game of Thrones TV series is also in Solo. She plays Qi’Ra. While not much is known about this role, you do hear her say “I may be the only person that knows what you really are” in the trailer. An actress as big as Emilia must undoubtedly play an important role. And those words spoken by her help solidify Qi’Ra as someone important to Han or at least to the plot. That just about sums up the heavier hitters of the Solo cast.
Solo: A Star Wars Story releases this year on May 25th. Star Wars fans everywhere were thrilled back in 2015 when Disney announced it would be producing a new Star Wars film every year for the next 5 years. And after the positive feedback from Rogue One, Solo just might be the movie one shot Han’s legacy deserves. Will you be watching on opening night? Let us know in the comments.