The “Star Wars” news just isn’t stopping this week, as Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the cover story for their latest issue, which is all about “Solo: A Star Wars Story!”
Like always, Entertainment Weekly will have a series of articles about the film over the course of this week, but to kick off their coverage, they provide a little more details about the story of the film, and about some of the new characters we will be seeing.
Here are some of those new details from Entertainment Weekly, as well as from Kathleen Kennedy and Alden Ehrenreich:
The filmmakers describe it as a Western crossed with a film noir, freighted with offbeat humor and set in the criminal underbelly of a galaxy being torn apart.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy describes Solo as “a heist, gunslinger type movie.” That roller coaster-like train in the trailer is called The Conveyex, and Han has to prove his hoodlum bona fides by stealing something (we don’t know what) from on board.
“He might be a little more immature, he may be a little less experienced, and he may hone his cynicism over time, but he’s very wary,” she says. “He needs to gain the respect of the people he interacts with, even if they’re the lowest of the low.”
Along the way he will befriend “walking carpet” Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), fall head over heels for shadowy Qi’ra (Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke), and cross paths with Lando Calrissian (Atlanta’s Donald Glover stepping into the cape of Billy Dee Williams) and his droid sidekick L3-37 (played via motion capture by Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.)
The wannabe smuggler will also face career crooks Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), blaster-toting Val (Thandie Newton), and crime boss Dryden Vos (played by Paul Bettany).
If you’re trying to figure out who’s good and who’s bad, you’re not alone. “I think that’s exactly what Han’s trying to do throughout the film,” Ehrenreich says.
Be sure to check out the full article on “Solo: A Star Wars Story” over at Entertainment Weekly, and more details and images to come over the next few days!