The scruffy-looking nerf herder has never looked better than in this gallery of action shots for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Arriving in tandem with that exhilarating new trailer, below you’ll find twelve – count ’em, twelve – high-res stills profiling Alden Ehrenreich’s fresh-faced smuggler, the young Lando Calrissian, Paul Bettany’s mob boss Dryden Vos and Emilia Clarke’s femme fatale, who will be going by the name Qi’ra.
She’s a friend to Solo, a fellow cast-off “just fighting to stay alive” at a time when the Galactic Empire seizes control of the galaxy and everyone in it. And though the Star Wars community has grown accustomed to the grouchy and somewhat temperamental Han, Ehrenreich’s anti-hero is anything but. That being said, we will see him go through some significant changes.
“I think this movie is a great adventure story, and it’s a great adventure story that’s kind of a biopic in the way of a fictional character,” the actor said in a recent interview. “So you’re watching this story unfold and enjoying the high excitement of that. And then at the same time, there’s more of a focus on this character and how he changes, I think, than you typically get in that kind of movie.”
On his journey through the cosmos, Han will cross paths with the ice-cool Lando Calrissian, who has an ally of his own in L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), a droid that knows its way around the Millennium Falcon.
Speaking of which, director Ron Howard fully believes that the new-fangled Falcon – which is also featured in these photos quite prominently – is very much a character in its own right, and history tells us that Han eventually wins his future ship after challenging Lando to a game of Sabacc.
“I wonder what that could be? You’ll have to see. The Falcon is a character in the movie, without a doubt. That machine is a defining factor in Han’s future,” says Howard. “Every aspect of this movie moves, shifts, and transforms in very interesting and yet plausible ways.”
Punch it, Chewie! Solo swoops into theaters on May 25th and when it does, it’ll be remembered as a hand-crafted love letter to the Star Wars films of old. Indeed, Rogue One achieved a similar feat back in 2016, but with characters like Chewie and Lando involved, there’s a real sense of legacy coursing through the veins of Solo.