Of all the new characters introduced in Solo: A Star Wars Story, there is one who seems to have stood out among the rest: Enfys Nest.
This has happened for a number of reasons. For one thing, she’s one of few original characters from the film to survive the events of the movie. For another, she has an awesome look that caught the attention of people well before the movie was released. Additionally, Nest actually lived up to her reputation as a fighter and warrior in this film, which hasn’t always happened with the characters who look cool (like Captain Phasma, for instance). And to add one more thing, Nest was given surprise characterization that make her extremely interesting for future storytelling.
She is easily one of my favorite new Star Wars characters, and in my opinion she stole the scenes she was in (and that’s nothing against Han Solo or Chewbacca or the others, who were great as well). I’d absolutely love to see future stories told about Han, Chewie, Qi’ra, and Lando with Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Emilia Clarke, and Donald Glover returning, and I really hope that we get sequel stories to a film that set up plenty them.
But at the same time, I’m eager to get as many new stories as possible about Enfys Nest.
Nest is a feared warrior who has history with Tobias Beckett, as implied in the movie and expanded upon in a so-so Beckett one-off comic. She has developed a reputation as a warrior and as a marauder, which has caught the attention of Crimson Dawn and been a nuisance to them. She leads a gang of pirates and marauders known as the Cloud-Riders, who are known as “one of the most infamous swoop pirate gangs in the Outer Rim territories” (Solo: A Star Wars Story: The Official Guide, 66). These Cloud-Riders are nomads, who live on the carrier ship Aerie, but they ride swoop bikes to raid and plunder.
Its leader, Enfys Nest, is a mysterious figure: there apparently are varying reports about her age, gender, and species, while her homeworld remains unknown as well (Solo: A Star Wars Story: The Official Guide, 68-69). She’s a feared warrior who is incredibly skilled in combat, as the movie made very clear. She utilizes an electroripper staff to fight enemies in close-range combat, while her agility and shield gauntlets provide her adequate cover. Additionally, “the martial arts at Nest’s command are a broad mix of styles that make it difficult to pinpoint the pirate’s origins” (Solo: A Star Wars Story: The Official Guide, 68).
But in the movie, some of the mystery surrounding Enfys Nest is revealed, as the warrior removes her mask to unveil her true identity to Han Solo, Chewbacca, Qi’ra, and Beckett. She is a teenage girl (played by Erin Kellyman) who took over the role of warrior under the helmet from her mother, who was dead. The Cloud-Riders were fighting back against Crimson Dawn, who had wronged and oppressed. She then explained that they weren’t marauders but rather allies, fighting against a bigger evil. Han and Chewie figure out a way to help Nest get the coaxium, and then in the Solo novelization we read what Nest did with it: she gave it to Saw Gerrera. Nest wanted to use it to help people, but Gerrerra wanted to use it to hurt their enemies. Additionally, Nest had a talk with the young Jyn Erso, who accompanied Gerrera.
There’s a ton of storytelling potential with Enfys Nest. She’s a really cool character and a skilled warrior, but we also get the hints of a tragic backstory. There are some characters better suited for mystery, but I don’t think exploring what happened to Nest’s mother would ruin any of the intrigue. There’s potential to explore what led to Nest taking up the mask and fighting back against evil, but there’s even more potential to explore what Nest does in the years following Solo. Still a young girl, the options are pretty limitless. We know that she was sympathetic to the Rebellion (before the Rebel Alliance was officially formed) and had some sort of alliance with Saw Gerrera, so it’s entirely possible that we could learn of her helping the formal Rebellion in their fight against the Empire. That’d be cool, because it could mean that she could re-encounter Han Solo – who, by that point, was very much allied to the cause. Regardless of what direction Lucasfilm would choose to take the character of Enfys Nest in, I think there are a ton of options that would be really cool.
I love the character, and really hope we get plenty of future stories about her.