Gathering some recent hints about the Han Solo movie

There really hasn’t been much information whatsoever about the upcoming Han Solo movie, which admittedly does make sense, given the fact that The Last Jedi will arrive sooner, is much more heavily-anticipated, and likely to be the bigger movie.

But though we really don’t know much about the Han Solo movie – we don’t even know the official title (though crew members have a shirt that reads “Solo,” the temporary/working title) – we have seen a few hints recently.  Mainly those have come via social media posts by Ron Howard, the Academy Award-winning director who took over the Han Solo movie in June.  Howard has shared several pictures on Twitter and Instagram, and they’re pretty cool.

We’ll take a brief look at them, as well as a few other tidbits we’ve heard, and while there’s not much in the way of spoilers, if you don’t want to see or hear anything that could even be potentially close to spoilers, obviously here’s your warning.

Wookies!

By far the most interesting picture that Ron Howard has posted, at least from a potential story perspective, was one of Chewbacca looking at a shot on the screen.  That’s a cool behind the scenes picture, but what’s on the screen is what makes it especially interesting: it appears to be two Wookies in a passionate embrace.

Could this possibly be Chewie with his wife, Malla?  It seems like there’s a real chance of that, given that the movie will likely explore the relationship between Han and Chewie and how the two came to be the best of friends and inseparable companions.  Chewie has a life debt to Han, and in the old EU (no longer canon) it was because Han had rescued him from slavery.  Whether or not that backstory remains the same, we could see either an emotional reunion between Chewie and Malla, or an emotional departure.  But it seems we will get some background to Chewbacca’s character, as well as his relationship with Han, and that means we might see Kashyyyk and more Wookies.

Lando Calrissian!

Donald Glover is playing a younger version of the famous Lando Calrissian, and Ron Howard gave us a sneak peak of Lando in what appears to be the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

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Another picture, posted on Twitter, focused on filming the hyperspace sequence, which is pretty cool by itself.  But on the screen appears to be an image of Glover’s Lando once again in the Falcon cockpit:

Additionally, Howard posted a few pictures of a character’s closet, and I would guess that it’s Lando’s – meaning we could see some colorful outfits from him in the movie.

Warwick Davis will have a role!

No doubt Star Wars fans know who Warwick Davis is, and he’ll have a role in yet another Star Wars movie, as it has been confirmed by Ron Howard and Warwick Davis that the franchise veteran filmed a scene(s).

In 1988, Davis starred in the movie Willow, which was directed by Ron Howard and produced by George Lucas and Lucasfilm.  So it was a reunion for Davis and Howard, but Davis is much more well-known for his roles in the Star Wars films, most notably as Wicket in Return of the Jedi.  He has also had roles in The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and the upcoming The Last Jedi, as well as a role in Star Wars Rebels for the fourth and final season (playing Rukh).

It’s cool that Davis will have a role in the Han Solo movie too, and it’s cool that he’s reunited with Ron Howard after thirty years.  But Davis isn’t the only notable person with a cameo: Howard confirmed that his brother, Clint, will also have a role.

Clint has appeared in a great number of Ron’s movies, so it’s not entirely surprising but still pretty cool.

Droids!

Ron Howard also tweeted a few pictures of droids on the set, including an R2 unit:

Chewbacca!

Joonas Suotamo is playing Chewbacca in the movie, and recently Emilia Clarke (who is playing a yet-to-be-named character) posted a video on Instagram of Suotamo as Chewie to commemorate reaching ten million followers:

Beckett is a criminal

We know Woody Harrelson’s character is named Beckett, and in an interview with Stephen Colbert last month he revealed something about Beckett: “I’m a criminal.”  He will likely serve as a mentor of sorts to Han, and it seems like he might be a scoundrel-type person as well, just like the film’s main character.  Harrelson said in a separate interview with Variety that the film is “in very capable hands” with Ron Howard and that “the Force is with us.”

Another cool shot

Ron Howard also posted this shot, which shows an alien and several members of the crew on one of the sets, which looks to perhaps be a casino or smuggler’s hideout somewhere.

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