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5 things we want to see in Solo: A Star Wars Story

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In case you hadn't heard, the first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story dropped a couple of weeks back, offering our first glimpses of Alden Ehrenreich as a younger Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.

The trailer played its cards close to its chest, not offering any specific story details. It's not like Disney are going to give away all their surprises right off the bat, but we saw just enough to pique our curiosity. With so many possibilities, here are five things we want to see in Solo: A Star Wars Story

1. Han becoming the smuggler we know and love

Set a number of years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and directed by Ron Howard, Solo focuses on the early years of Han's life.

Young Han's going to need a well-written character arc in order to become the figure made iconic by Harrison Ford. Some have speculated that he won't even be called Han at the start of the film, based on the fact the TV spot cuts before he unveils his name. However, an article by Games Radar last year has already highlighted that this won't be the case.

Although Solo won't show us how Han got his name, it'll definitely show us how his name came to be known throughout the galaxy, and that's the kind of hero's journey we want to see.


2. Han and Chewie's bromance blossoming

Han and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) have an unbreakable bond throughout the Star Wars series. It's only fitting that the evolution of their friendship will be a key part of Solo.

In the non-canonical Star Wars novels, it was revealed that Han met Chewie on a slave ship while he was an officer in the Imperial Army. The story goes that Han refused to kill Chewbacca and, after escaping the ship, Chewie swore a life debt to Han and refused to leave his side. At first Han wasn't too happy with his new companion, but when Chewie returns the favour by saving his new friend, they become inseparable.

We're unsure just how Han and Chewie will meet in Solo. However, given Ron Howard has described the movie as "a love story" between these two Star Wars figureheads, it's going to be a lot of fun finding out.


3. The Millennium Falcon's maiden mission

What good is a pilot without a ship? The Millennium Falcon is the freight ship that's served as Han's trusty mode of transport ever since he won it in a game of 'Corellian Spike', a dice game, against Lando Calrissian.

In the trailer, we see the familiar corridors of the Falcon are a spotless white, an indication of how original owner Calrissian cared for the ship before Han took it over and gave it a scuffed, grungy feel.


Co-writer Jon Kasdan tells Entertainment Weekly: "Where Han gave it a certain shabby coolness and a dinged up quality that reflected where he was at that point in his life, this Falcon reflects its owner very clearly in its shape and aesthetic and his needs, even if those needs be a little more space to entertain."

Ehrenreich adds: "It's safer in the galaxy to fly something that looks like a piece of junk. People underestimate you – especially if you're up to no good. Kinda like how you're more likely to get pulled over if you're driving a Lamborghini."

Moreover, eagle-eyed viewers may have spotted Han's lucky golden dice, which he used to win the Falcon, hanging in his speeder at the opening of the trailer. There's also a brief shot of Lando in what appears to be a casino, which suggests we'll witness the moment where Han wins the vessel.


4. How he gets in debt to Jabba the Hutt

If there's one thing we know about Han, it's that he's got a knack for getting in trouble with the worst kind of people. For instance, one debt he owed to galactic kingpin Jabba the Hutt was so bad, it resulted in him getting a bounty placed on his head before ultimately being frozen in carbonite.

How did Solo get involved with the Hutts anyway? The film has been described as a "Western crossed with a film noir…set in [the galaxy's] criminal underbelly" by Entertainment Weekly. It's therefore possible that the crew Woody Harrelson's character Tobias Beckett is "putting together" could tie in with the history of the Hutts.


5. Completing the Kessel Run

There's one thing Han particularly loves to boast about: his completion of the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs (that's a unit of distance in case you were wondering – 19 trillion miles according to Wookiepedia). He made a big deal about this right from his very first appearance in A New Hope, bragging about it to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness).

The Kessel Run is a treacherous route used to smuggle the drug known as Spice from the Kessel mines. Ron Howard tweeted a picture of an elevator shaft with the caption "Spicey", which could be his cryptic way of confirming its appearance. This may also allude to the possibility of Han working with Jabba, as it was Spice he smuggled for him.

Furthermore, IGN reports that the father of Star Wars, George Lucas, was involved in helping direct a small scene involving Han and the Millennium Falcon. It would surely take a special moment to lure Lucas back into the fold – is the Kessel Run that moment?


Solo: A Star Wars Story
is released in Cineworld on 25th May. What do you think we'll see in the movie? Let us know @Cineworld.

Andy Murray is an Unlimited card holder who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.