Across all Star Wars movies, there are a few things that you just can't leave out: Some variation of the phrase "I've got a bad feeling about this" and cameos or featured roles for the droids known as R2-D2, and C-3PO.
WARNING! The following contains potential spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
So far, all three of these components have played some part in each installment and according to Mark Hamill, Lucasfilm won't be stopping anytime soon. While appearing on The Washington Post's genre podcast, Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart, the Luke Skywalker actor let slip that C-3PO will be returning to the franchise in Solo: A Star Wars Story, as will the man who voices him, Anthony Daniels.
"[Anthony] Daniels was so happy, ’cause he’s in every single Star Wars movie," he said. "Every single one. All the Prequels, he’s in Rogue One, he’s in Solo… Whoops! I hope that’s not, erm… But anyway, he’s in Every. Single. Star Wars movie. That’s not such a reveal – all Star Wars fans expect him to be in every movie."
If C-3PO will be getting a cameo, then it stands to reason that R2-D2 got one too because the pair are usually inseparable. However, since Solo takes place before Rogue One, we don't know if both droids are yet in the possession of the Rebel Alliance, or if they're hustling it out in the seedier parts of the galaxy, looking for work.
Maybe before Han's legendary Sabaac game with Lando (Donald Glover), we'll see 3PO advising one of the casino's gamblers about the odds of their winning or losing. When Han (Alden Ehrenreich) sees this, he scoffs or shakes his head in disgust, making it a callback to The Empire Strikes Back when he yells at the droid to never tell him the odds. Still, it's just a theory, but how epic would that be? Should R2 pop up somewhere else, Solo will have everything going for it, including Han's "I've got a very good feeling about this."
Solo arrives in theaters May 25 after a premiere at Cannes. Ron Howard directed the film while John Williams and John Powell handled the score. Williams wrote the movie's main theme and Powell did the rest. According to a Facebook post from him this past weekend, he wrote an additional five themes for the project.