Some days, you have to wonder why Solo: A Star Wars Story is not called Kessel Run: A Star Wars Story, particularly when a newly released synopsis confirms every other bit of Han’s film backstory will be dramatized in the upcoming film.
According to the synopsis (via Slashfilm), the film will see a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) meet “his mighty future copilot Chewbacca.” In the earliest days of Star Wars lore, there was an understanding among fans that Han was a cadet at the Imperial Academy who saved Chewie from servitude and absconded from training to begin a life as a rouge and scoundrel. It is unclear if this will be the exact circumstances we’ll see in the film, but it is now clear that the Han-and-Chewie dynamic will be a new thing as the story begins. Additionally, it seems the infamous Sabacc game in which Han won the Millennium Falcon will be played as the synopsis also stats that Han will encounter “the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.”
The disputed early artwork from alleged toy packaging (posted above) suggests the Falcon will also be in a pre-customized state when Han and Chewie first lay eyes on it. Which isn’t the craziest idea in the world, but may seem silly to older Star Wars fans like myself. Here’s the full synopsis, which also indicates the character will face the galaxy’s criminal underworld as the film unfolds:
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away 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, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Chewbacca, Lando, criminal elements like the Hutts; the Kessel Run has to be part of the film, right?
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens on May 25th.