Today we have an update on the upcoming spinoff film Solo: A Star Wars Story. Unfortunately it’s not a trailer for the movie that’s supposed to premiere some four and a half months from now. Still, this new info gives fans of the franchise an idea of what to expect.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that Star Wars fans can be heavily invested in knowing how the backstory of an established character is played out in film. Solo after all, is a prequel about the young Han Solo, the smuggler-turned-hero who became legend as portrayed by Harrison Ford.
An official synopsis released by Lucasfilm establishes the circumstances that Han Solo starts out in with his spinoff film. Having him navigate the criminal underworld in the days of the Empire is obvious enough, but apparently he is a lone wolf at this point, yet to meet his boon companion.
From the wording of the synopsis, a main plotline for Solo is the bounty hunter meeting his partner Chewbacca the Wookie. Another event is Han’s dealings with fellow scoundrel Lando Calrissian, original owner of the Millennium Falcon, and probably involves how Solo eventually wins ownership of the starship from him.
Whatever teases shared by the production are heavily rooted in bits of mythology from the background of the original films. A set photo purportedly of the Kessel spice mines hints that Solo will also involve Han doing the 12-parsec “Kessel Run” that he boasts to Luke in A New Hope.
The synopsis makes good reading, but ultimately only a trailer release will ease concerns by would-be watchers regarding Solo: A Star Wars Story, and its May 25 premiere. Ron Howard directs the movie following early work by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and it stars Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover.