The femme fatale
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…
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.”
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.
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