Solo: A Star Wars Story
English"You know, he's younger in this movie and that's fun because you have to imagine him 10 years earlier in his early 20s. What was he like before he hardened up? Before he had some setbacks? Before he put on this cynical coat? What got him there?" ―
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a film directed by from a screenplay by and, released Worldwide on,. It stars as in the prior to. portrays and portrays the.,,, and also star.
The film was first announced as a Han Solo picture in, along with the news that and would be the film's directors. Principal photography began in, after which creative differences arose between the two directors and the studio. They were replaced by, who was tasked with completing principal photography along with what was reported to be extensive re-shoots.
This is the only Star Wars film not to feature and.
Board the and journey to a in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, meets his mighty future and encounters the notorious, in a journey that will set the course of one of the saga's most unlikely heroes.SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY It is a lawless time. CRIME SYNDICATES compete for resources – food, medicine, and HYPERFUEL. On the shipbuilding planet of CORELLIA, the foul LADY PROXIMA forces runaways into a life of crime in exchange for shelter and protection. On these mean streets, a young man fights for survival, but yearns to fly among the stars....
Han and Qi'ra defy Lady Proxima
after the of the, on the shipbuilding world of, a "" and aspiring pilot named and his lover long to escape the clutches of 's crime syndicate. Following a delivery job that went awry, Han defies Proxima in the presence of her henchmen and the other scrumrats. After wounding the by exposing her to sunlight, Han and Qi'ra flee on a stolen speeder with a vial of valuable hyperfuel.
Intending to escape offworld, Han and Qi'ra flee to with the White Worms gang in pursuit. Using the coaxium as a bargaining chip, Han and Qi'ra manage to bribe the into granting them passage on an outgoing transport. Before Qi'ra can cross into the other side of the terminal, she is apprehended by the White Worms enforcers. Qi'ra tells Han to flee and he vows to return for her.
Lacking sufficient funds to travel offworld, Han is recruited by the into joining the as a flight cadet. Munbrin promises Han that he will be flying in no time and dubs him "Han Solo" in absence of a surname.
Ordeals on MimbanEdit"This ain't a quick job, it's a war." ―Rio Durant to Tobias Beckett[src]
Han encountered Tobias Beckett and Val on Mimban
, Han has been expelled from the Imperial on for insubordination, and is serving as a during a on the planet. Solo's is locked in against the, enduring heavy casualties in the torrid, muddy weather. Disenchanted with the Empire's promises, Solo regards the Imperials as occupiers on Mimban and earns the enmity of his commanding officer,.
Later, Solo encounters,, and the, a of criminals who had disguised themselves as to pull off a heist. Seeking to escape offworld, Solo tries to blackmail them into allow him to join their gang by threatening to expose them as infiltrators. However, Beckett turns the tables on him and convinces Lieutenant Bolandin that Solo is trying to desert. Seeking an opportunity to rid his unit of a "trouble-maker", Bolandin has Solo thrown into a pen where he is condemned to battle a "beast" held in captivity.
The beast is revealed to be a named, whose species has been enslaved by the Empire. Owing to Han's ability to speak, Solo convinces Chewbacca nude that he is a friend. Working together, the two stage a fight for the benefit of their captors after discovering that one of the pillars supporting the mesh above their cell is weak. Solo's plan works and the two are able to breach the mesh above Chewbacca's pen, allowing them to climb out and escape. They convince a sympathetic Beckett and his gang to allow them to escape aboard their stolen.
Solo and Chewbacca took part in Beckett's train heist on Vandor-1
After Han and Chewbacca's escape from Mimban, Beckett enlists the two for a planned to steal a shipment of the hyperfuel refined from a on the snowy, mountainous planet. On the night before the heist, Beckett warns the gang of the threat posed by and the. While sleeping by the campfire, Durant mocks Solo's flying abilities.
While Rio Durant flies the Y-45 hauler, Han, Chewie, and Beckett land on the cargo wagon and separate it from the rest of the train following a skirmish with. Their plan is to use the Y-45 hauler to ferry the stolen cargo weapon. Before Beckett's gang can escape with the stolen coaxium, the group is attacked by the Cloud-Riders, who ride. Two of the Cloud-Riders board the Y-45 hauler and fatally wound Durant. Solo manages to climb aboard the transport hauler and fly the ship. With his dying breath, Durant apologizes to Solo for mocking his flying abilities and tells him that Val was right in her belief that no one should die alone.
As the skirmish continues Val, who is stationed on top of a nearby bridge, uses her vantage point to take out several of the Cloud-Riders. However, the Conveyex is rapidly approaching the bridge and Val realizes that there is not enough time for her to abandon her position without letting the crew steal the coaxium wagon. After telling Beckett of her change of plans via, Val professes her love for him before detonating the bomb, killing herself and destroying the bridge.
The destruction of the bridge causes the Conveyex to plunge into a deep gorge. After a struggle, Chewbacca manages to detach the coaxium wagon from the rest of the train. However, the Cloud-Riders have attached grappling hooks to the wagon, dragging it down. Not wanting to risk the lives of Beckett and Chewbacca, Solo makes the difficult decision to let go of the coaxium wagon; which plunges into the ravine below and explodes.
An audience with Dryden VosEdit
Beckett and Solo negotiate with Dryden Vos
Angered by Solo's decision to drop the cargo, Beckett reveals he was ordered to steal the coaxium in order to repay his debts to, leader of the criminal syndicate. With Beckett fearing Vos' wrath, Han and Chewbacca volunteer to help him steal another shipment. They travel to Vos' yacht, the, where a surprised Solo reunites with his friend Qi'ra, who has since become a of the Crimson Dawn.
Despite Vos' displeasure with Beckett and his underlings, Han and Chewbacca managed to convince the crime lord to give them a second chance. Han announces a plan to steal a shipment of unrefined coaxium from the mines of, which are controlled by the rival. This expedition also involves traveling through the dangerous. To keep an eye on Han and Beckett, Vos insists on Qi'ra accompanying them.
Meeting Lando CalrissianEdit
Lando challenging Solo to a game of sabacc
Knowing that they would need a fast ship for the Kessel heist, Qi'ra takes Solo and his companions to at nearby. There, she introduces the team to, an accomplished smuggler and pilot. Han challenges Lando to a game of, with the wager being Lando's ship, reputed to be the fastest in the galaxy. Lando uses a sleight of hand to win but is convinced to join the in exchange for a share of the profits.
Han and his companions also encounter Lando's co-pilot, who has a programming and is an avowed advocate. L3-37 objects to the droid at the Lodge and picks a fight with the owner. L3-37 almost assaults Ralakili but Lando convinces her to let him go. The group then set out for the spice mines of Kessel.
Raid on KesselEdit
Solo and his team had to deal with the Pyke Syndicate
The team boards Lando's impounded ship—the —and head for Kessel. After making planetfall, Qi'ra manages to gain entry to the 's mine by posing as the Oksana Floren. Han Solo and Chewbacca the mine disguised as slaves while Qi'ra, Beckett, and L3-37 make their way into Tolsite's control room. While Qi'ra distract Tolsite in his office, Han and Chewbacca steal the coaxium while L3-37 incites an uprising among the slaves and droids against the Pykes.
Amidst the uprising, Chewbacca frees several slaves including the Wookiee and the human. Out of gratitude, Sagwa helps Chewbacca and Solo escape the mines with a stash of unrefined coaxium. Outside Solo, his companions, and the liberated slaves fight off the. Sagwa helps Chewbacca to load the coaxium aboard the Millennium Falcon. During the fighting, Qi'ra also kills Tolsite using the martial arts. However, L3 is fatally damaged and Lando is injured during the escape. Lando grieves over the disintegration of L3 and blames Solo and his companions for the loss of his friend.
Completing the Kessel RunEdit
Chewbacca, Beckett, Q'ira, and Solo aboard the Millennium Falcon
After boarding the Millennium Falcon, Solo and his companions flee into space just as an exits. Seeking to recover the Falcon's stolen coaxium cargo, the Star Destroyer dispatched several and in pursuit of the freighter. Due to the highly volatile nature of the unrefined coaxium, Solo's companions estimate that completion of the Kessel run is impossible before the fuel detonates - the conventional route having never been done in less than twenty parsecs. With the help of L3's navigational computer which has been hardwired into the Falcon's systems, Han attempts to both lose their Imperial pursuers and cut the flight distance by flying out of the safer eddies and into the dangerous storm clouds of the, leading to the.
Han's prodigious piloting skills allow them to evade their Imperial pursuers, only to awaken a massive inside the. The crew tries to escape the monster, but end up arriving at a large. Thinking fast, Han ejects the Falcon's into the well for the summa-verminoth to follow, which is instantly sucked in. The Falcon then escapes the gravity well after Beckett boosts the ship's fusion core with a drop of coaxium, which briefly supercharges the engines. Solo's quick thinking reduces the typical distance from over twenty to just twelve parsecs (with some generous rounding).
Confronting the Cloud-RidersEdit
Solo and his team confronting Enfys Nest and the Cloud-Riders
After making the Kessel Run, Solo and his companions land on the planet to rendezvous with Vos. While the team are unloading their coaxium cargo at, Solo and his companions are surrounded by Enfys Nest and her Cloud-Riders. Solo attempts to intimidate the Cloud-Riders by claiming to have a complement of armed mercenaries aboard the Millennium Falcon. However, Lando, who is grieving over the loss of L-3 and is furious at the damage to his ship, abandons Solo and the others.
At that point, Enfys Nest removes her mask and reveals that she and the Cloud-Riders are not pirates but are rebels trying to stop crime lords and the Empire from gaining more power. She tells Solo and his companions that the Cloud-Riders need the coaxium for their rebel cause. Sympathetic to the Cloud-Riders' cause and plight, Solo hatches a plan to prevent the coaxium from falling into the hands of Vos and the Crimson Dawn.
When Vos lands on his yacht First Light, Han along with Qi'ra, Chewbacca, and Beckett go to deliver the purportedly "fake" coaxium canisters to the Crimson Dawn crime lord. Aboard the First Light, Vos surprises Solo's team by announcing that the coaxium is fake—he reveals that his "inside man" Beckett informed him of Han's plan to sell the real shipment to the Cloud-Riders. Vos also chastises Qi'ra for betraying him and realizes that Solo was her weakness.
However, Han announces that he had anticipated Beckett's deception: the coaxium containers they have brought are real. Meanwhile, Crimson Dawn enforcers storm the Bis Refinery and capture the masked "Cloud-Riders." However, they quickly discover that the coaxium containers are empty and that the "Cloud-Riders" are villagers serving as decoys. The real Cloud-Riders soon emerge from hiding and defeat Vos' enforcers.
Back aboard the First Light, Beckett takes Chewbacca hostage and escapes with the coaxium containers. A gunfight between Han and Vos breaks out. Qi'ra intervenes, holding Solo at sword point. However, Qi'ra's feelings for Solo leads her to side with him. She duels with her boss Vos and kills him. Following Vos' death, Qi'ra urges Han to help the Cloud-Riders and promises that she will join him shortly. After Han leaves, Qi'ra seals the room.
Han's last confrontation with Beckett
Han catches up with Beckett and Chewbacca. Before Beckett can shoot, Han shoots him first, killing the gangster. In his final moments, Beckett compliments Han for his quick thinking. With the deaths of Vos and Beckett, Han and Chewbacca deliver the refined coaxium to Nest, who reveals her plans to use the coaxium to aid against the Empire. She offers Han the chance to join her but he declines. In response, Nest states that some day he may feel more sympathetic to the rebels' cause. Out of gratitude for his help, Nest gives Solo a vial of coaxium, enough to buy a ship for himself.
Alone aboard Vos' yacht, Qi'ra contacts Vos' superior, who is revealed to be the former. She informs him of the coaxium mission's failure and assumes Vos' position but carefully avoids telling him about Han's involvement, instead pinning the blame on Becket. Maul orders Qi'ra to bring the yacht to the planet and tells her that she will be working more closely with him in the future. Having given a friend Solo a clean break from his debts to Crimson Dawn, Qi'ra departs on the yacht.
Rematch with Lando CalrissianEdit"You really have it bad for the Falcon, don't ya?"
"It's mutual. Trust me, she belongs with me." ―Lando Calrissian and Han Solo[src]
Elsewhere, Han and Chewbacca soon track down Lando, and Han again challenges him to a sabacc game for possession of the Falcon. Han subtly relieves Lando of the cards stashed up his sleeve and wins the game. Han plans to go to, where Beckett told him that is putting together an organization, as the Falcon jumps into hyperspace.
Iain McCaig drew Han Solo concept art for Episode III.
The earliest incarnation of a live-action depiction of young Han Solo came during the pre-production of. Writer and director conceived an idea of Solo as a child on, with Chewbacca raising the young boy like a son. Solo would have been present during the and would have encountered, helping the discover scraps of a that could have aided Yoda in determining the whereabouts of. Concept art from showed the young Solo as a slob, a juxtaposition of the character in his later years. "He's such a persnickety guy later — he always has to have the best of everything," McCaig said in, "so I thought it'd be great if when he was a kid, he was an absolute slob." These concepts never made it out of pre-production, and Solo did not appear in Revenge of the Sith—though Chewbacca ultimately did make a cameo appearance during the battle.
After the release of Revenge of the Sith, Lucas began planning a live-action television series called, set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The unproduced series, dealing with elements of the criminal underworld, could have included some of Solo's backstory. According to, the show's writers came up with a story for how Solo met Chewbacca. Another story would have dealt with how Solo first met Lando Calrissian, who first appeared in.
Pre-productionEdit"…George had sort of roughed-out many movies—not just the new trilogy but other movies, the spinoffs and things. I wasn't sure I wanted to do anything, but I said, "I could do the Han Solo movie"—because he's my favorite character." ―Lawrence Kasdan
Harrison Ford first appeared as Han Solo in 1977.
Ideas for a young Han Solo film began to percolate in the lead up to 's acquisition of. In, as Lucas was preparing to sell his company, Lucasfilm president contacted, writer of The Empire Strikes Back and co-writer of, and asked him to meet her and Lucas to discuss new films in the franchise. Kasdan recounted that Lucas had already come up with some basic ideas for the and had also come up with the concept of. One of those movies was about young Han Solo, before the events of A New Hope. Kasdan was initially hesitant on being part of the new films, but he decided he could do the Han Solo movie as Solo was his favorite character. He pitched his idea to by telling him about the scene where Han gets his last name."I was interested in how was the character I fell in love with at Mos Eisley formed, and what kind of story could you tell around that? Because really, I'm a Western freak. I’ve made two Westerns, and there's nothing more Western than A New Hope and Mos Eisley. In walks a gunfighter. He looks like a gunfighter, he sits like a gunfighter, he shoots first like a gunfighter. And so I thought, what happened before that guy walked in the door?" ―Lawrence Kasdan
After agreeing to the job, Kasdan was also asked to help develop what would become. Once he had completed work on that film, Kasdan felt creatively drained, so he asked his son Jon to assist in developing the Han Solo film. The Kasdans worked on the script for nine months, during which they were inspired by,, and various films by the. Meanwhile, and were hired to direct. Lord and Miller tested several thousand actors for the part, including impressionist. They ultimately chose, who had been the first person to audition. According to Miller, they didn't want an impersonation of Ford, but "someone who could evoke the spirit of the iconic performance we all remember while bringing something new and fresh." Ehrenreich was officially announced during. He (and later, ) met with Harrison Ford to discuss the character, and Lucasfilm sent Ford a copy of the script for his approval. Once Ehrenreich was cast, certain parts of the script were revised to be tailored to his voice; the final script also incorporated contributions from Lord, Miller and Howard. As Jon Kasdan told SFX magazine, "I think ultimately the movie that you'll see is truly a product of the five of us all coming together in this weird way to tell this story."
ProductionEdit"I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That was a really big gap to bridge, and it proved to be too big." ―Phil Lord
Principal photography began in, with a working title of Star Wars: Red Cup. In addition to, the film shot at,, the in and at an undisclosed location near. One of the three rewards in the 2017 Force for Change fundraiser was a role in the film.
The principal cast and original directors of the Han Solo film
On, 2017, Lucasfilm announced that directors Lord and Miller were departing from the project due to creative differences and that a new director would be announced soon.Entertainment Weekly reported that Lord and Miller encouraged an improvisational style on set, which Lucasfilm insiders believed was moving the film away from the vision crafted by the Kasdans in their script and ended up significantly changing the story. Lucasfilm believed that these apparent issues could be fixed during reshoots, but Lord and Miller were reportedly reluctant to significantly alter their approach to the film. As a result, Kennedy made the decision to remove Lord and Miller from the production. Co-writer Lawrence Kasadan later attributed it to tone: "You can have fun with the tone but you never make fun of the tone, in my world."
On, Lucasfilm announced that Ron Howard would take over directorial duties for the film. Howard had worked on three previous Lucasfilm projects: 's, 1979's and 's (which starred Star Wars veteran, who also appeared in Solo.) After the announcement, Howard said that he had been a fan of Star Wars since the beginning and that he found it "gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the [Star Wars] universe." was originally cast in the film but was unavailable for the reshoots, so he was replaced by. George Lucas visited the set at one point, and helped direct a scene. On, Howard confirmed that production had wrapped up, and he officially announced the title of the film would be Solo: A Star Wars Story. By, 2018, the editing and score were finished, and post-production had ended by. composed the film's, and contributed a new theme.
Marketing and releaseEdit
A TV spot aired during, followed by a full teaser trailer the next day and the release of a series of character-themed teaser posters. A theatrical trailer and poster were released on, with the former debuting during. Tickets became available for pre-sale beginning on, and sold second to Infinity War among 2018 releases. The film had its world premiere on, and appeared at the on. It received its wide release on (the 41st anniversary of the release of A New Hope, in which Harrison Ford first appeared as Han Solo).
The film was spotlighted in the February and April 2018 issues of, the 300th issue of and the June 2018 issue of. The cast and crew made various media appearances to promote the film, including,,, and. Donald Glover hosted the episode of. Various cast and crew members participated in Q&A sessions on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
Lucasfilm arranged Solo licensing deals with,,,, and. Denny's aired a commercial that utilized props, characters and a set from the film. The French car company also aired an ad showcasing the film's train sequence. The Solo merchandise line debuted in stores on. The video games,,,, and were updated with Solo-related content.
The release of the initial teaser posters prompted a complaint from a French artist, Hachim Bahous, that the design of the posters was a plagiarization of a series of covers he designed for Sony Music for French album releases. A side-by-side post demonstrated that the posters and covers feature nearly identical coloration for both the background and character/album names, as well as a similar font. On, a lawsuit was filed by Ren Ventures, who holds the trademark for the card game Sabacc, against Lucasfilm and Denny's Star Wars card game after Sabacc was featured in promotion for the film.
Solo was released on digital streaming formats on, and on physical media and on-demand on.
- Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable — Sit down with director Ron Howard and the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of the film's making.
- Team Chewie — See what it takes to bring your favorite Wookiee to life in this lighthearted look behind the scenes.
- Kasdan on Kasdan — Iconic Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan share what it was like to write the movie’s script together.
- Remaking the Millennium Falcon — Track the transformation of the most famous ship in the galaxy, from Lando's swank and impeccable pride and joy to Han’s stripped-down hot-rod freighter with "special modifications."
- Escape from Corellia — Get behind the wheel for the making of this high-octane chase through the streets of Corellia.
- — Explore the challenges and thrills of creating this action-packed sequence, including its remote location and spectacular effects.
- Becoming a Droid: L3-37 — Meet the newest droid—and the talented actor who helps bring her to life.
- — Take an in-depth tour of the rough-and-tumble bar where strangers mix and gamblers risk all in the legendary card game, Sabaac.
- Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run — Join Han and Chewie at the controls of the Millennium Falcon to see how this legendary moment in Star Wars history unfolds.
- The Millennium Falcon: From Page to Park — In an exclusive bonus feature available as a digital code with the Target release, you can get a look at the history of the most famous ship in the galaxy, its origin and development, and how it will translate in one of the most anticipated expansions in Disneyland's history.
- Deleted Scenes: Proxima's Den, Corellian Foot Chase, Han Solo: Imperial Cadet, The Battle of Mimban: Extended, Han Versus Chewie: Extended, Snowball Fight!, Meet Dryden: Extended, Coaxium Double-Cross
On the day of the digital streaming release, co-writer Jon Kasdan posted 52 behind the scenes details (in lieu of an audio commentary) on his Twitter account. He later joined and the hosts of for a Facebook live preview of the film's bonus features.
Solo opened substantially below industry projections, with 3 million in North America and 68.2 million in foreign markets. Financial analysts have estimated that Disney will lose to million on the film.
The film currently holds a 71% rating on review aggregator website, based on 325 reviews.
reviewer Scott Mendelson described the film as a Star Wars story that played like an Indiana Jones movie. While opining that the film had no "artistic" reason to exist, Mendelson praised Solo for its decent cast, fine action sequences, and references to the animated television series and. He also described Solo as the first live-action Star Wars that felt like a random adventure rather than the usual "Empire versus Rebellion" struggle.
's reviewer Michael Rechtshaffen described the film as "an origins story that represented a return to the saga's more humble, original space Western roots which emphasized character development over kinetic, adrenaline-fueled action sequences." He also praised Alden Ehrenreich's performance as Han Solo and Ron Howard's directorship.'s reviewer Peter Bradshaw described Solo as a "boisterous bromance," awarding the film four out of five stars. Besides praising Ron Howard's directorship and Ehrenreich's performance as the titular character, Bradshaw credited Lawrence Kasdan and his son for "channeling the spirits" of the into the film.
The reviewer Nicholas Barber gave Solo a mixed review, awarding the film three out of five stars. He wrote that Solo was a "Disney-fied, sub-Guardians of the Galaxy adventure: a lightly comic, family-friendly, action-packed, nigglingly sexist popcorn movie." Barber described Ehrenreich's depiction of Solo as a "likeably goofy hero with an irresistible grin and an air of boyish decency," and compared him favorably to and, who played in the. reviewer Brian Lowry wrote that the film had a "messy, flat opening half before rallying and picking up speed down the stretch," which he attributed to the fraught production process. Lowry praised Ehrenreich and 's performances as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian respectively, opining that they captured the spirit of the original-trilogy characters.'s Joshua Rothman wrote that "'Solo' is an entertaining movie, with engaging performances, vivid production design, and enthralling action sequences. It’s also distressingly forgettable—it's about nothing, an episode of 'Seinfeld' with hyperdrive."
Solo also received several critical reviews. reviewer Alissa Wilkinson described Solo as the "safest, most forgettable Star Wars movie" and criticized what she termed as the "box-ticking approach to filling Solo's story as distinctly unimaginative." Similarly, critic Kyle Smith dismissed Solo as a "soulless intergalactic freeway pile-up" and criticized the fast-paced nature of the plot.
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