Solo: A Star Wars Story merchandise leaks confirm new character names, including those played by Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke. Obviously, this summer's spinoff re-acclimates viewers with some iconic Star Wars figures (albeit, younger versions), but it also continues the series tradition of introducing fresh faces with the next installment. In addition to Harrelson and Clarke, the likes of Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Paul Bettany will be portraying newcomers to the galaxy far, far away.
Lucasfilm has yet to unveil any marketing materials for Solo, but luckily for moviegoers, the Internet has churned up some tie-in items to help give them some idea of what director Ron Howard has in store. Just yesterday, packaging of LEGO sets popped up, showcasing the Millennium Falcon's original look, as well as some new vehicles (like Han's speeder). It goes without saying that these all include minifigures of characters, and now we know exactly who's in what kit.
In a Reddit post, Jeremy Conrad shared official character names for Solo: Tobias Beckett (Harrelson), Qi'Ra (Clarke), Quay Tolsite (Newton), DD-BD (Waller-Bridge), Moloch, and Rebolt. Some of the LEGO sets will also come with your typical generic Empire villains, including stormtrooper variants and Imperial officers. There are minifigures called "Death Star Trooper," but fans should not take this as a sign the Death Star will once again be featured onscreen. That appears to be a LEGO classification for a specific type of Imperial figure. The sets also confirm Corellia (Han's home world) and Mimban (which was mentioned on The Clone Wars) will be among the planets seen.
This more or less matches up with what's been previously reported on the film. Harrelson himself confirmed he was Han's mentor Beckett, and Clarke was thought to be playing "Kira" or "Kura." We now know it's a far more Star Warsy spin on the name. As for Waller-Bridge, when she was cast last year, all signs pointed to it being the franchise's first female droid in a CGI performance, so her being DD-BD makes sense. Newton's Quay Tolsite remains a mystery - with one possibility she's affiliated with the Empire. Ideally, the first trailer will debut soon and paint a clearer picture of the film than what's currently available to go off of. LEGO sets use artistic license at times, and aren't always 100 percent accurate depictions of what's in the film.
With that in mind, it's difficult to pick out specific plot points, but there are some details to be gleaned from this leak. The Imperial TIE fighter set comes with Han and Beckett in Imperial disguises (a classic franchise staple seen in just about every other movie), and Qi'Ra could be Han's love interest. Not only is she part of the big ensemble in the Falcon set, her minifigure is included in Han's speeder - implying the two are close. It'll be interesting to see how these new characters factor into the plot, but with veteran Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and Howard teaming up, the results should be quite entertaining.
Source: Jeremy Conrad
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019