What with the much-publicized replacement of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller with Ron Howard, the upcoming Han Solo prequel movie is currently running behind schedule. Initially, production was set to wrap up in September, but was altered to October once Howard came aboard. Even now, though, there are still scenes left to shoot.
In the wake of this delay, new details about the movie’s plot have reportedly made their way online. First up, we now might know the five planets that will be featured in Han Solo. According to Making Star Wars, they’re Corellia, Kessel, Iridium, Savareen and Vandor. The appearance of the first two will come as no surprise. Corellia is Han’s home world and Kessel is, of course, the location of Han’s famed Kessel run. We’ve even got confirmation that the planet would appear before, via one of Howard’s handy set photos.
The latter three, however, are a lot more obscure. Iridium and Savareen are both Outer Rim worlds that haven’t featured in the movies before – Iridium was first mentioned in a few old comics and Savareen was created for a role-playing guide. Vandor, meanwhile, is part of the Coruscant system, as per the Expanded Universe novels. MSW suggest, however, that it could be Fondor instead – which is set to appear in Star Wars: Battlefront II.
The site goes onto lay out what they believe will be the movie’s structure. Beginning with Han’s youth as a racer, Solo and his mentor Beckett (Woody Harrelson) sign up for the Empire – until they’re punished for refusing to “do something evil.” Following that, they’re forced to work in the Kessel spice mines. It’s here that Han meets Chewbacca and frees him as he and Beckett make their escape. The trio then go on to encounter Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and win the Millennium Falcon.
While this plot breakdown is far from being official, it all fits with what we know about the movie and as such, it seems MSW can be trusted with their information. Hopefully, once production has finally wrapped, we’ll get something more concrete. Until then, though, feel free to speculate.
Han Solo is set to fly into theaters on May 25th, 2018.