More details from Solo: A Star Wars Story are now available for you to absorb thanks to new images from the upcoming film. Right out of the gates, the costuming for this movie looks incredible thanks to the hard work and talent of David Crossman, Glynn Dillon and their crew, continuing their success from the new wave of Star Wars movies. Beyond that, however, there’s a lot to take in here.
EW has a new gallery of images from Solo: A Star Wars Story that features some of the most fashionable characters to hit the streets of the far flung universe, from Mos Eisley to Mimban. Thankfully, they also have some insight from the cast and crew regarding these particular shots and how they’ll play into the narrative. Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke star in Solo: A Star Wars Story, opening May 25th.
Fans will get to see the origin of Han and Chewie’s friendship, which is a big part of the film according to screenwriters (and son/father duo) Jon and Lawrence Kasdan:
“To me, this is a love story between Han and Chewie. Their relationship has always been my favorite part of the saga, and the fact that only Han understands what Chewie is saying, I find a very funny possibility for comedy.”
“Wookiees have so many positive qualities,” Lawrence Kasdan adds. “But what they don’t do is make it easy for you to get in.”
Here are Aldenreich’s thoughts on inhabiting the title character and what makes his performance different from Harrison Ford‘s:
“I think the main thing that’s different is that the Han we meet in this film is more of an idealist. He has certain dreams that he follows, and we watch how it affects him as those dreams meet new realities — realities that are harder and more challenging than he’d expected.”
And, of course, you knew Glover was going to have some thoughts on playing Lando Calrissian, and in the above scene in particular:
“Yeah, we are playing a game of sabacc. A lot of it, you know? We are getting a taste of that. How good is Lando? How good is Han?”
Apparently Han and Qi’ra (Clarke) go way back, having grown up together as fellow cast-offs from society. As Clarke describes her:
“She has a couple of guises, but essentially she is just fighting to stay alive. 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.”
The above image is of a sort of double-sided train called the Conveyex and it features heavily into the heist portion of Solo: A Star Wars Story. (And feel free to translate the Aurebesh, but don’t expect much from it.) Han and Chewie are tasked with stealing something from the vehicle on the orders of Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), seen below:
Director Ron Howard chimed in on Beckett and how he factors into Han’s story:
”He’s a powerful criminal, but a free agent. Tobias Beckett really shapes Han more than anybody, as Han comes to believe that in a lawless time, he needs a moral code.”
Howard also talked about the flagship of the franchise, the Millennium Falcon, which appears new and pristine in this film … but for how long? These somewhat grainy trailer screengrabs show that the famous prong shape of the starship is gone, replaced with a more closed-off nose, among other changes:
Howard says of the Falcon redesign:
“I wonder what that could be? You’ll have to see. The Falcon is a character in the movie, without a doubt. That machine is a defining factor in Han’s future. Every aspect of this movie moves, shifts, and transforms in very interesting and yet plausible ways.”
Meet L3-37 (“Leet”), Lando’s right-hand droid, voiced and motion-captured by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag). Though some of L3-37’s parts may look familiar, she’s completely unique and has a personality to match.
Speaking of Droids, here’s this Medical Droid surrounded by what are now known as Mudtroopers. Cool. But the interesting thing here is that this scene takes place on the planet Mimban, a world once allied with the Separatists and one that’s a rich resource for Imperial mining operations. It’s got a much longer history than that–both in canon and outside of it–so the name should please some die-hard fans out there. As for the perils of this swampy world, the chaotic atmosphere wreaks havoc with starships, so it could provide for some epic action sequences.