SIO: A STAR WARS STORY
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM HAN: THE EARLY YEARS?
A DIFFERENT SOLO
Alden Ehrenreich’s Solo may not be the space pirate you know and love. “You have to imagine him in his early twenties,” writer Lawrence Kasdan told The Los Angeles Times in 2015. “What was he like before he hardened up? Before he put on this cynical coat? What got him there?” This is the story of a world-weary wise-ass in waiting.
It’s part of Solo lore that, as a young gifted pilot, he studied at the Imperial Academy at Carida. Solo is kicked out of the Academy for rescuing Chewbacca from an Imperial Officer, and thus one of cinema’s great friendships was formed. Some variation on this is likely in Solo.
During shooting additional footage, Ron Howard tweeted a picture of a mine shaft with the caption “Spicey?” This is most likely a nod to the spice mines of Kessel, a galactic prison where inmates mine a precious spice. It also suggests the Kessel Run, the hyperspace route used by smugglers, will play a part.
A SHINY MILLENNIUM FALCON
By the time we see the Falcon at Docking Bay 94 in A New Hope, it has undergone “a lot of modifications” by Solo. Leaked pictures suggest something akin to the Falcon glimpsed in Revenge Of The Sith: white with blue markings.
Of course, the Falcon initially belonged to Lando Calrissian, played here by Donald Glover. Solo won it in a game of Corellian Spike, a variant of the game sabacc using two pairs of six-sided dice. Perhaps Solo will feature a set-piece around a fancy D&D sesh. Very Stranger Things.