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Credit: Phil Szostak/Lucasfilm/Abrams Books

The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story: Make the Kessel Run with exclusive concept art for Qi'ra, Dryden Vos, and more!

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May 25, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story is finally out in theaters, which means you can finally discover how Han met Chewie and made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. The world of the movie is so crammed with characters and Easter eggs, that you might not get them all during your first viewing.

That's where Abrams Books comes in with The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak, and out in stores today. Szostak authored a similar tome back in December — for The Last Jedi — and just like that book, this one is full of beautifully rendered images that either served as concept art or storyboards for the Star Wars anthology movie.

Thanks to the good folks at Abrams, SYFY WIRE is debuting these exclusive pieces of art from the book. They include two preliminary drawings of Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), one of Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany, sans red lines on his face), one of the Imperial blockade barring an exit from Kessel, one of a Conveyex Frontier Trooper, and one of Enfys Nest's compatriots attempting to abscond with a train car of coaxium (starship hyperfuel). 

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Credit: Phil Szostak/Lucasfilm/Abrams Books

There are two separate designs for Han's love interest Qi'ra, who grew up with him as a scrumrat on the streets of Corellia. The first one shows her with a partially shaved head while the second one involves a sort of '60s-era bouffant bob haircut. The production didn't go with either, preferring to give her a simpler arrangement with a ponytail and bangs.

Dryden Vos' design looks exactly like Paul Bettany, probably because he joined the movie so late after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were booted. Vos was originally going to be played by Michael Kenneth Williams, who described Vos as a mo-capped alien that was half lion and half human. Hopefully, we might get a look at Vos' initial design in the book because that sounds too awesome not to see. 

Continue on to the media gallery below for a glimpse at a collection of exclusive images from the book, drawn by costume designers David Crossman and Glyn Dillon.

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