We are just a couple of months away from the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, and we haven’t heard much at all about it.
Tuesday, however, Lucasfilm released the official synopsis for the film:
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Though it doesn’t give us much, it does confirm a few of the key plot points in the film – which were speculated but not confirmed previously. So what we do know about this movie is that we will see Han Solo’s introduction to both Chewbacca and to Lando Calrissian, which should form some of the more significant moments as far as fans are concerned.
When it comes to Chewbacca, I’d guess that Han meets him in the Spice Mines of Kessel, which is likely to appear in the movie. In the EU (which is no longer considered canon), Chewbacca’s life debt to Han Solo came about as a result of the smuggler – then an Imperial officer – rescuing the Wookiee from slavery. It is possible that Ron Howard will take a similar approach ,at least as far as having Han rescue Chewie.
When it comes to Lando Calrissian, I think it’s likely that we’ll see Han win the Millennium Falcon from Lando. We know that Lando lost the ship to Han “fair and square” (at least in Solo’s mind) through a game of Sabacc, and we could very well see that take place in this movie – which would in turn show us another very significant moment of Han winning the iconic ship.
We should begin to learn a lot more about Solo in the coming weeks and months, with the release of the first trailer presumedly coming at some point relatively soon. With The Last Jedi marketed, released, and in theaters for a month, it’s likley about time for the marketing for Lucasfilm’s next entry in the Star Wars universe to receive more attention. The film, directed by Ron Howard and starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, releases May 25, 2018.