As filming continues on the young Han Solo anthology movie, new set photos and videos showcase the smuggler's podcar or speeder in action, as well as an Imperial stormtrooper on patrol. From the moment audiences met Han and Chewbacca in A New Hope, it was evident the two had been on a lifetime's worth of adventures before getting involved in the Galactic Civil War. In the second Star Wars spinoff film, fans are finally going to get a chance to see some of those on the big screen. For the most part, plot details are being kept under wraps, but it has been confirmed the story covers six years of Han's youth (from ages 18-24) and covers key events like when he met Chewie for the first time.
In the Mos Eisley cantina, Han boasted to Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi he was able to complete the Kessel in less than 12 parsecs, but it would appear the Millennium Falcon was not the first vehicle the ace pilot flew at fast speeds. Leaked videos from the set have hinted at Han spending some time racing in a "podcar" that (pre-ILM modifications) bears resemblance to a convertible. Now, fans can get more glimpses of this new speeder, as well as what appears to be an Imperial scout trooper.
Instagram user David Penny posted a series of images and videos of Han Solo's production on his account, including looks at the pod car and some kind of Empire soldier with a ride of his own. You can check them out in the space below:
While the pod car video and photo don't reveal much, the presence of a stormtrooper on the set is sure to get the attention of viewers. After the Empire and First Order used the infantry for five of the eight films released to date (plus the similarly clad clone troopers in the last two prequels), some moviegoers might have hoped directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller would create all-new antagonists for this film that doesn't necessarily have to rely on the old conflicts for a plot. However, the Empire's inclusion in Han Solo makes sense if the movie is to depict the origins of Han and Chewie's friendship. Based on passages from the canon novel Life Debt, Solo rescued the Wookiee from Imperial imprisonment, forming an everlasting bond between the two. For the most part, the spinoff should be set more in the criminal underworld as Han learns the tricks of the trade from Woody Harrelson's Beckett. A brief section of Han springing Chewbacca could be fun and emotionally resonant.
Of course, it's difficult to read too much into these since they are merely snippets of the movie and do not shed much light on anything. Fortunately, Lucasfilm might be sharing some official details in the near future. This July sees the latest D23 convention, and Star Wars is going to be featured at the Disney live-action movie panel. Whether or not a teaser trailer is released then remains to be seen, but some information will most likely be revealed.
Source: David Penny
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- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019