List of Prominent Characters in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (Spoilers Ahead)

Last week the second Star Wars Story anthology film, Solo, arrived in cinemas. Detailing the past of a young Han Solo (played in the episodic Star Wars films by Harrison Ford), it shows the various events that shaped his life from a young idealistic crook to a cynical space smuggler.

With the movie almost a week old and spoilers practically abound online, we will now list the important characters that drive the plot of Solo: A Star Wars Story. One of the characters on this list is the surprise cameo that warrants the spoiler reminder. You have been duly warned.

Solo’s Crew

  1. Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) – orphan from Corellia working as a street thug for a local crime boss; wants to travel the galaxy on his own ship; briefly serves the Empire as a pilot trainee and later “Mud-Trooper” infantry, before deserting to join a heist crew, which leads him to becoming a veteran smuggler
  2. Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) – Wookie imprisoned by the Empire on Mimban as a deserter “executioner”; Solo wins his trust due to his knowledge of the Wookie language, enabling their escape to join Beckett’s heist crew, later becoming his smuggling first mate

Beckett’s Crew – a veteran team of space criminals specializing in cargo heists

  1. Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) – aging master crook and skilled blaster-slinger who becomes Solo’s mentor figure and catalyst for his later untrusting nature; later betrays Han, who bypasses his blaster marksmanship by shooting him first while in the middle of an argument
  2. Val Beckett (Thandie Newton) – Tobias’ wife and probably the only figure he trusts and holds genuine affection for; her death during the coaxium heist on planet Vandor hurts him deeply
  3. Rio Durant (Jon Favreau) – Beckett’s designated ship pilot, a four-armed alien; dies of his wounds during the coaxium heist when they are attacked by rival gang the Cloud Riders led by Enfys Nest

Crimson Dawn – a powerful and ruthless criminal syndicate that operates with minimal Imperial interference; hires Beckett’s crew for a job to steal coaxium hyper-fuel, but also reports to a higher authority

  1. Dryden Vos (Paul Betanny) – leader of the Crimson Dawn, a scarred human-like alien who vacillates between affable and murderous; a master of the Teras Kasi martial art who uses knives; runs his organization with an iron fist but also defers to his mysterious boss; dies after being double-crossed by Han, Beckett and Qi’ra
  2. Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) – smalltime crook from Corellia who was Han’s girlfriend; fails to escape the planet with Han and was left until recruited into Crimson Dawn by Vos; personally taught by Vos and became his lieutenant; although reunited with Han, her experience with Crimson Dawn leads her to forsake going with him and take over the gang after Vos’ death

Millennium Falcon Crew

  1. Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) – legendary smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon, a Corellia-made YT-1300 space freighter that he customized into a pleasure craft; recommended by Qi’ra to transport unrefined coaxium that Beckett’s crew and Han would steal from Kessel, and then take to a refinery world in a limited time period before the hyper-fuel explodes; later loses the Falcon to Han in a game of Sabacc
  2. L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) – Lando’s droid first mate with an advance navigational program, and an opinionated advocate of droid rights; damaged beyond repair during the coaxium heist on Kessel, but her navigational computer is installed on the Falcon, making them one


  1. Enfys Nest (Erin Kellyman) – leader of the Cloud Riders gang, in reality a group of dissidents who want to overthrow the Empire and are gathering resources to launch an open Rebellion
  2. SPOILER CHARACTER: [Darth] Maul (Ray Park, voiced by Sam Witwer) – former Sith apprentice of Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine; survived his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi and becomes a criminal kingpin with over-lordship over multiple crime syndicates like Black Sun and Crimson Dawn; would die in a final duel with Obi-Wan as seen in Star Wars Rebels, happening years later from the events of Solo