Solo and Chewie

Why Chewbacca smelled so good and more burning questions answered by the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story on Twitter

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Dec 17, 2018, 8:00 PM EST (Updated)

It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives is almost in theaters, the early reactions to the film are positive, and members of the cast took time out of their busy schedules to answer fans' most burning questions on Twitter.

How did Alden Ehrenreich get into the mindset of the Corellian smuggler made famous by Harrison Ford? What was the most difficult scene to film during shooting? Was there a limit on how many times one could hug Chewbacca on set every day? These most mind boggling brain teasers were solved by Ehrenreich, Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (L3-37), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Paul Bettany (Dryden Vos), and Thandie Newtom (Val). 

Here are the five biggest revelations we gleaned from the Twitter Q&A of the Solo cast. 

1. Ehrenreich became Han Solo before he became Han Solo:

What does that mean? According to the 28-year-old actor, he was given a pair of Han's black jeans with the Corellian blood stripe on the side for his screen test. Not only that, he was required to learn the language of the Wookies, Shyriiwook, for his audition. Yep, there's an actual word for all of the noises Chewie makes. 

2. Chewbacca smelled really, really good:

Suotamo's Wookie suit was made of yak hair and treated as if it was the coat of a living animal, being shampooed and spritzed with a concoction of vodka and Tea Tree oil. No wonder so many people wanted to hug him on set every day. 

3. One of the most difficult scenes to film:

According to Newton (Maeve on HBO's Westworld), the hardest scene to shoot was the movie's train heist sequence. 

“I had so much stuntwork to do to train for it and it looks amazing, but wow, it was hard work," Newton says. Her character, Val, sports a rockin' afro and becomes part of a team of scoundrels that includes Han, Chewie, Lando, and Han's criminal mentor Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson). 

While not much is known about the train's precious cargo that Han wants to pilfer, we do know it will be called The Conveyex. 

4. L3 would probably scare C-3PO:

Donald Glover's young Lando will be accompanied by the sassy, back-talking, throat-crushing droid by the name of L3-37, voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Goodbye Christopher Robin). L3 is the latest in a long list of robots with attitude in the Star Wars universe, alongside R2-D2, C-3PO, and K-2SO.  What makes L3 unique?

"She really cares about other droids and she seems to like them and love and want to fight for them," says Bridge. "And yet, she has quite a difficult personality, so I'm not sure she'd actually get on and socialize with any of them. I think if she met C-3PO, I have a feeling they wouldn't get along."

"They wouldn't get along, but mostly because he'd be so afraid," adds Glover on the golden droid voiced by Anthony Daniels, who will have a cameo in Solo

5. Those aren't scars on Dryden Vos's face:

Vos (played by Paul Bettany) is the gangster that needs a job done, setting in motion the formation of a team that includes Han, Chewie, and Lando. He's also the angry-looking dude you've seen in the trailers with what look like red scars on his face. However, Bettany revealed that those aren't the signs of old and gruesome wounds, but naturally-occuring for Dros's species. Remember, this is a galaxy far, far away and while many characters look human at first glance, they may not be. 

“Other members of his species will have the same markings that flush red when they get furious,” states Bettany.

Vos, the film's main bad guy, was originally going to be played by Michael Kenneth Williams and allegedly be a half mountain lion, half human alien. After the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Williams had to leave the project during its reshoots for scheduling reasons and was replaced with Bettany. Still, it's nice to know they'll be keeping some of the original "alieness" of the character in the finished product. 

Solo: A Star Wars Story was directed by Ron Howard and opens in theaters May 25. The movie co-stars Emilia Clarke as Han's old Qi'ra and Jon Favreau as the many-armed alien Rio Durant. 

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