The official novelization for Solo: A Star Wars Story, written by Mur Lafferty, releases in less than two weeks, and we know that it includes plenty of scenes that weren’t in the film – such as the scene with Tag and Bink!
But the most surprising reveal included in the novel, at least that we’ve heard about so far, is that it includes a scene with Saw Gerrera and Jyn Erso!
In a series of excerpts released on StarWars.com, we read about what Enfys Nest did with the coaxium after Han Solo and Chewbacca gave it to her. We know that she intended on using it for their rebellion, but it turns out that she might be more connected than we realized. The excerpt reveals that Saw Gerrera arrived for his meeting with Nest, who told him that she has enough refined coaxium to power a fleet. After hearing something on his ship, however, Nest realizes that Saw didn’t come alone like he promised – but he explains that he simply brought his eleven-year old ward, because she had to learn. Thus Jyn Erso appears, and of course knowing what we do of Enfys Nest it makes sense why she’d be especially sympathetic for Jyn. Nest tells Jyn that people will underestimate her for her youth (which doesn’t protect her), so “make them regret it.” Then she and Saw boarded the shuttle for conversations, with the latter hoping to use the coaxium for harm.
I think this is a really interesting and cool connection with the larger Star Wars universe, connecting both of the Star Wars Story movies together. It looks into the history of Saw and Jyn’s relationship (Jyn serves as his ward and is being taught by him), it hints at Saw’s radical methods (wanting to use the coaxium for harming enemies rather than helping allies), and it explores the reality that Nest is connected to other rebel cells.
That’s not the only reveal included in Star Wars’ excerpts from the books. Another one was about what happened to Qi’ra in-between the opening sequence on Corellia and her later reunion with Han on Dryden Vos’ yacht. She was brought back before Lady Proxima, who sold her into slavery to another master – for a lower price due to her disobedience. But that master then sold her to Dryden Vos. Qi’ra tried to break out numerous times and was beaten many times as well, but on one occasion in which she killed her guards and made it to an escape pod, she encountered Vos waiting for her. Vos told her that what she really wanted – freedom – wasn’t truly available to her (as she’d either be with Crimson Dawn or dead) but that she had the life she wanted, away from Corellia. He offered her the chance to be more than just a slave, seeing the potential in her.
That fills in the gaps about what happened to Qi’ra. She was brought back before Lady Proxima, was sold into slavery, and then was sold again to Dryden Vos. It’s a tragic story of someone so close to freedom in her attempted escape from Corellia with Han, but it adds depth to the character we meet three years later – and explains why she’s not entirely the same person she was then. I very much appreciate any added details that we can get on characters like this, and it does indeed fill in some of the gaps that people had wondered about.
And lastly, there’s an excerpt from the moment L3-37 became a part of the Millennium Falcon, and it’s a murky situation like one might expect. L3 begins to realize that she’s going to become a part of the ship and doesn’t like it – obviously, since she was campaigning for droid freedom – but the ship gives her a choice: either she refuses to do so and dies, along with everyone else on the ship, or she joins with the ship and everyone lives. In light of that, the choice was made clear. She became a part of the ship, and they did escape.