It’s time to board the Millennium Falcon with Han and Chewie…
Hot on the heels of Lucasfilm’s release of the stunning new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story, the fans excitement is in danger of reaching a fever pitch. The images of a young Han Solo standing alongside the mighty Wookiee, Chewbacca next to a fresh off the assembly line Millennium Falcon, have proven enough to dial our excitement levels to eleven, and the wait until May is going to be an arduous one.
With momentum building for the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the fans are eagerly absorbing everything filtering out from the Lucasfilm empire. The latest anthology film from the franchise is easily the most anticipated movie of the year and as we near the May release date, the giants of the publishing industry are unveiling their magazine covers.
Leading the line in the battle of the glossy covers is Entertainment Weekly.
They have unveiled their extremely exciting new cover art featuring Han Solo and Chewbacca as well as a host of new images that are sure to get the fans energised.
You can enjoy them here:
Legendary Star Wars writer, Lawrence Kasdan sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss all things Solo and shed some light on the upcoming blockbuster.
“To me, this is a love story between Han and Chewie,” says Kasdan. “Their relationship has always been my favourite part of the saga, and the fact that only Han understands what Chewie is saying, I find a very funny possibility for comedy. Wookiees have so many positive qualities, but what they don’t do is make it easy for you to get in.” Aww, wookiees, who hurt you? Don’t you know that all anyone really wants is a big ol’ hug from those long, furry arms of yours?
Alden Ehrenreich, who portrays the legendary smuggler in Solo: A Star Wars Story volunteered to shed some light on his incarnation of the Rebel hero.
“I think the main thing that’s different is that the Han we meet in this film is more of an idealist,” says Ehrenreich. “He has certain dreams that he follows, and we watch how it affects him as those dreams meet new realities — realities that are harder and more challenging than he’d expected.”
When conversation turned to the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, Director Ron Howard offered some information regarding the Millennium Falcon and teased us with details about the new look design.
“I wonder what that could be?” Ron Howard said as he enticed the fans. “You’ll have to see. The Falcon is a character in the movie, without a doubt. That machine is a defining factor in Han’s future. Every aspect of this movie moves, shifts, and transforms in very interesting and yet plausible ways.”
While plot details about the film are in short supply, the trailer has revealed that both Han and Chewie will be involved in a daring heist. Furthermore, the escapade will involve a death-defying sequence aboard a double-sided hover train known as “the Conveyex.”
If the fans had any doubt about Ehrenreich’s acting abilities, they can rest assured knowing that Star Wars megastar Harrison Ford, was on hand to give him some pointers. Whilst meeting for lunch, the young actor was schooled in the art of Solo by the master himself.
“He said a great thing when I met him. “Tell them I told you everything you needed to know, and that you can’t tell anyone.”
A further report from Entertainment Weekly revealed that Ford had even read the script for Solo: A Star Wars Story, and had signed off on it before offering guidance to the youngster. Boasting so many standout moments and with Harrison Ford himself guiding his younger self, we are surely set for a rollercoaster ride of fantastical Star Wars action when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits our cinema screens in May.
The wait will be agonising, but the Force is with us and thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we can all carry a piece home with us.
Until next time
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