One of the inevitable hallmarks of the Disney era of Star Wars storytelling is callbacks and homages. They permeate the entirety of The Force Awakens, from a central superweapon that echoes the Death Star to Finn finding Luke’s training drone on the Millennium Falcon. The callbacks continued throughout Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Hi, Gold Leader!) and there’s no reason to think they won’t keep going through The Last Jedi and the upcoming Han Solo film.
Director Ron Howard, who recently took over the film from the departing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, has been regularly posting vague peeks at the film to his Twitter page, some of which are already teasing callbacks. Most prominently, there was the time he tweeted a picture of an Imperial gunner helmet on a console, suggesting a return to the Death Star or something like it. Now, he’s teasing what might be an homage to a classic Star Wars scene.
Check out Howard’s latest tweet from the set:
What does that look like to you? Howard’s kept the picture fuzzy so we can’t exactly be sure, but certain design elements you can make out suggest this could be a fight scene set in Han Solo’s favorite haunt: A cantina.
Solo, of course, famously made his debut in one of these intergalactic watering holes, shooting Greedo and agreeing to take Luke and Obi-Wan aboard the Falcon. I don’t think it’s very likely that Howard and company would be returning to that exact cantina, in the wretched hive of scum and villainy known as Mos Eisley, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see a different cantina pop up. Solo, being a smuggler, has likely spent plenty of time in places like this, and a scene where he has something like his first bar fight could be a great echo of this original film. Just as long as it’s not a direct ripoff.
The untitled Han Solo movie opens May 25, 2018.