Plot details for the Han Solo movie are protected more tightly than the Death Star blueprints, but director Ron Howard offered fans a few clues. The latest came Saturday with a pair of set photos of a foggy, red-tinged location — Star Wars fans have seen that color pop up a lot recently — with an ominous warning for the galaxy.
“Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times in the Galaxy,” Howard wrote of photos across Twitter and Instagram. While it’s difficult to make out, the visual palette of the scene and earlier posts from the filmmaker have led some fans to think it has something to do with the planet Kessel and a moment from Star Wars history.
In A New Hope, Harrison Ford’s Han mentions something about the Millennium Falcon to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker at the Mos Eisley Cantina. “You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? … It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs?”
Kessel, for those scratching their heads, is a treacherous planet known for its spice mines. The Empire used slave labor to harvest these spices and to be sent there was considered a death sentence. The Kessel Run is a space route used by smugglers to transport illegal substances out of sight of the Imperial forces, though it typically takes 18 parsecs to traverse.
Howard hinted that Kessel might somehow be involved in the new film when he tweeted a photo this week with the caption, “Spicey?” Though, speculation continues as we await more formal details.
Alden Ehrenreich stars as this younger version of Han, while Emmy winner Donald Glover portrays Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo takes over Chewbacca from veteran actor Peter Mayhew. We’ve also seen moments of Chewie with his family, more of Lando, and some of the costumes.
The still-untitled Han Solo film will arrive in theaters on May 25, 2018.