Woody Harrelson's young Han Solo spinoff character Beckett, said to be a mentor to everyone's favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder, is revealed in leaked photos taken from the set. The project, of course, has been embroiled in turmoil after original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired a couple of weeks ago due to creative differences and replaced by Ron Howard. That unprecedented shakeup had some viewers feeling uneasy about Han Solo's prospects, but the film is staying on target for its May 2018 release date and Disney CEO Bob Iger is confident in Howard's abilities and leadership to get it across the finish line. The Oscar-winner is hard at work now, teasing fans with his own "candid" images from the set.
Howard came onboard with three weeks remaining in principal photography, meaning Lord and Miller had shot a majority of the movie before their dismissal. Moviegoers have gotten tiny glimpses of what they had in store previously thanks to set photos and videos showcasing new vehicles and star Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo costume. Now, in a new collection of set images, there's a great look at one of the movie's new locations and Harrelson with Han and Chewbacca.
TMZ obtained the pictures, as well as a video of a scene being filmed in what Making Star Wars said was "possibly some sort of museum room." In the photos, Beckett, Han, and Chewie are being brought before a mysterious woman clad in white robes. It's possible this is Emilia Clarke's character, but the angle of the pictures makes it difficult to say for sure. These are said to be from scenes shot during Lord and Miller's tenure. You can check them out by clicking on the link below:
While these pictures do not offer much in the way of plot details, it is nice to see some of the aesthetics of Han Solo, such as the costumes and environments. Beckett and Han are dressed in simple get-ups that are fitting for smugglers. Solo resembles a college student in his jacket and old, ripped pants. The person he and Beckett are meeting, in contrast, looks to be from the galaxy's upper class in much more formal attire. In regards to the set itself, it seems reminiscent of the Collector's lair in Guardians of the Galaxy - complete with several otherworldly objects encased in glass. Perhaps Han and his friends are hired to smuggle an artifact for a museum curator, calling to mind various Indiana Jones plots.
Unofficial looks at Han Solo are fine, but the hope is Lucasfilm reveals some information during their presentation at next week's D23 expo. It's expected The Last Jedi will have a presence with a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel, but it would be nice if the studio addressed their second anthology in some capacity as well. D23 is a high-profile event that gives Lucasfilm a stage on which to clear the air and calm any jittery nerves about the movie. It would be a missed opportunity if they swept it under the rug completely. If most of what Lord and Miller filmed is considered very usable, then there's enough to cut together some kind of preview.
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