Alden Ehrenreich explains the relationship dynamics between Han and his pals in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Following months of secrecy in the aftermath of Ron Howard taking over the standalone film, Lucasfilm is unleashing Solo upon the world. Starting with the Super Bowl spot, Star Wars fans have quickly begun to find out more about the young Han Solo movie. The biggest look came Monday morning with the first teaser trailer, but that was merely the beginning.
One of the biggest points of emphasis early on in the marketing is the ensemble of Solo, and thus the crew young Han will be working with. Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra in particular have quickly caught the attention of fans. Both were featured in the first batch of Solo posters, and in the recently released first images. But how will they factor into the story and interact with the galaxy's rising smuggler?
EW spoke to Alden Ehrenreich about various aspects of Solo: A Star Wars Story, but specifically asked about several of Han's relationships that we will see. Qi'ra is shown prominently in the first trailer and is actually given the opportunity to speak, teasing she knows who Han truly is. That doesn't appear to be because of some big twist, but rather that she is one of Han's oldest friends according to Ehrenreich.
Yeah, they’ve known each other for a long time and she’s a very important person in his life.
I think she has a slightly different way of handling herself in this tough universe. She’s better at working the system rather than bucking against it.
Qi'ra may be a friendly face from Han's early days, but fans of the franchise are also eager to see the beginning of his relationship Lando. Ehrenreich confirms that Solo indeed features the very first time the two meet (along with his droid L3-37 played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge), but can't say whether or not the two are immediately friends, rivals, or enemies.
That’s very hard to answer without giving things away, but I will say that their relationship is many different things. As it is when you see them in the originals.
Based on Ehrenreich's comments, Qi'ra is the closest thing Han has to a friend early on. He will eventually befriend Chewbacca along the way, and Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) will be an important figure too. However, Qi'ra's connection to Han's very early days and her continuously popping up throughout the trailer should indicate the two will reconnect down the line.
Lando, on the other hand, will be a very different dynamic. The original trilogy established the two have an uneasy history and that the future Barron Administrator of Cloud City wouldn't think twice about betraying his friends if needed. The film could take a bit to introduce Lando, but once he is part of the film and Han's circle, there should be plenty of opportunities for some fun back and forth. After all, the Millennium Falcon is still Lando's when this movie begins and we know the infamous sabacc game is coming, so its understandable for the two to have a complicated relationship. Now, we can only hope it work as well in Solo as it did back in the day.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019