The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly delivers a few new details and images from most talked about Star Wars movie ever, Solo: A Star Wars Story. In the magazine, EW gives us a decent look at the standalone Han Solo prequel and thanks to cast and crew interviews, we have some juicy new details to talk about as well.
Possibly the most exciting aspect of Solo: A Star Wars Story will be the moment that Han Solo meets his faithful friend, Chewbacca. “To me, this is a love story between Han and Chewie,” says Lawrence Kasdan (who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens). “Their relationship has always been my favourite part of the saga, and the fact that only Han understands what Chewie is saying, I find a very funny possibility for comedy.”
For obvious reasons, fans are worried about Alden Ehrenreich’s performance as Han Solo but the actor tells EW that there are differences the older Harrison Ford version of Han and this newer/younger portrayal. “I think the main thing that’s different is that the Han we meet in this film is more of an idealist,” Ehrenreich tells EW. “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.”
One major thing that fans will need to get used to is the different look for Han’s iconic ship, the Millenium Falcon. Not only is the Falcon’s interior much cleaner and younger, but the exterior is also different. Fan backlash is something that director Ron Howard is very aware of, but he assures us that the Falcon will play a significant role in the film. “The Falcon is a character in the movie, without a doubt,” says Howard. “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.”
The issue also features interviews and details about the films supporting characters, including Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra, who grew up on the streets with Han and uses her charm to help her stay alive. “She has a couple of guises, but essentially she is just fighting to stay alive,” Clarke says. “If you’ve got a really glamorous lady in a really sordid environment, you kind of know the glamour is hiding a few rough roads.”
We also get a new look at Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett, who acts as a mentor and father figure in the young Han’s life and introduces the infamous scoundrel to the criminal underworld. “He’s a powerful criminal, but a free agent,” says Ron Howard. “Tobias Beckett really shapes Han more than anybody, as Han comes to believe that in a lawless time, he needs a moral code.”
Then there’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s droid L3-37, who according to Entertainment Weekly, will be more human and emotional than other droids in the Star Wars universe.
And finally, we have Donald Glover’s Lando. Just from the small amount of footage we’ve seen it’s obvious that Lando will be a highlight of the Han Solo movie, and from the sounds of things the film might explore how Han ended up winning the Falcon from his frienemy in the first place.
To find out more, head over to EW‘s site.