After plenty of predicted box-office spookiness and production-induced anxiety, Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story is finally giving people a glimpse inside the movie—and inside the rogue himself. Han Solo is getting his origin story, complete with a first love, some first friends, and plenty of first enemies. Now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we know more now than ever.
With Solo gracing their cover, seen below, they’ve got all the tasty Star Wars morsels we’ve been missing in the lead-up to this standalone film. We’ve also got some new pictures from the film—even ones that don’t focus on Alden Ehrenreich’s canonization of chest hair in Han Solo’s backstory.
Speaking with EW, Lucasfilm head honcho and Star Wars lead Kathleen Kennedy sums up Solo’s genre feel as “a heist, gunslinger type movie.”
Han “might be a little more immature,” in this movie, she notes, “he may be a little less experienced, and he may hone his cynicism over time, but he’s very wary." That spills over to the plot of the film, during which Solo will need to prove his smuggling chops to a group of established criminals.
"He needs to gain the respect of the people he interacts with, even if they’re the lowest of the low,” said Kennedy. These folks probably include criminals Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), Val (Thandie Newton), and big boss Dryden Vos (played by Paul Bettany), who are almost definitely the ones who put Solo up to the task.
That task begins by robbing the best sci-fi train since Snowpiercer: The Conveyex. Something’s onboard this Conveyex that Han’s gotta take. And of course, probably grudgingly, he won’t be doing it alone.
He’ll befriend Wookiee Chewbacca (played in this film by Joonas Suotamo), fall for the mysterious Qui’ra (TV khaleesi Emilia Clarke), and meet young stud Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover)—who in this film has a lovable (probably bumbling) droid second mate named L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge).
Ehnrenreich says that the moral gray area that everyone in the film operates in is purposeful, saying that trying to define everyone’s morality is “exactly what Han’s trying to do throughout the film.”
Now that we finally have some details, we can get even more excited as Solo barrels in to save the day at the last minute on May 25.