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February 07, 2018 at 09:00 AM EST

Solo: A Star Wars Story

type
Movie
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Action
release date
05/25/18
performer
Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke
director
Ron Howard
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PG-13

The femme fatale

Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Han grows up on the mean streets of the galaxy with one friend, a fellow cast-off, Qi’ra, played by Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, who becomes this galactic noir’s mystery woman.

“She has a couple of guises, but essentially she is just fighting to stay alive,” Clarke says. In other words, don’t be fooled by her character’s elegant facade. “If you’ve got a really glamorous lady in a really sordid environment, you kind of know the glamor is hiding a few rough roads,” Clarke adds.

Trouble ahead, trouble behind…

Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Wrong way on a one-way track. Han Solo and Chewbacca are taking part in a heist, but Lucasfilm isn’t ready to reveal just what they’re stealing. It’s aboard this double-sided train, however, a machine known as “the Conveyex.”

Thinking there may be some clue to its contents, EW translated the Aurebesh writing below them. No luck. It spells: “Hitch Joint.”

The ringleader

Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Woody Harrelson plays a criminal who’s hoping to up his status with a big score by organizing a daring heist. For a guy who didn’t grow up with a father, Tobias Beckett becomes a mentor to Solo. Here you see the trio seated at the table where Chewie would later play Luke Skywalker in a game of Dejarik chess.

”He’s a powerful criminal, but a free agent,” says director Ron Howard. “Tobias Beckett really shapes Han more than anybody, as Han comes to believe that in a lawless time, he needs a moral code.”

And yes, the Falcon sure looks neat and tidy, doesn’t it? It’s got a different appearance on the outside, too.

Next page: The shapeshifting starship

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