It seems like Solo has been in the works for an eternity, but finally hitting theaters on May 25, the second of the Star Wars anthology films promises to make up for lost time. After the departure of Chris Miller and Phil Lord as directors, Ron Howard stepped up to the plate, and it looks like he is giving die-hard fans of that galaxy far, far away all the fan service they could wish for. For those who don't know, Han's dice are just like him and something of a big deal in the world of Star Wars, so where are they this time?
The trailer moves at break-neck speed introducing us to the likes of Alden Ehrenreich's lead, a much younger Chewie, Woody Harrelson's Beckett, and Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra. It looks like Han and Qi'ra could be romantically entangled at some point, but before we can get to that, one scene shows them in a daring chase in a speedster. If you look close enough, there are Han's lucky dice hanging from the mirror.
Interestingly, this tells us a little bit about where the scene presumably comes in the movie. Han famously kept the dice after winning the Millenium Falcon with them in a game of Sabacc with Lando Calrissian. With that exchange sure to take place in Solo (with Donald Glover as Lando), it places the speedster scene with the dice after that. Of course, the other option is that Han already had the dice and used them to cheat Lando, which knowing Han, also wouldn't be completely out of the question.
Those who tuned in for Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi will know that the dice appeared again thanks to Luke Skywalker (in projection form) handing them to Leia during the Resistance's last stand on Crait. With the origin of the dice now confirmed for Solo, their inclusion in Howard's spin-off neatly ties together three generations of the franchise and adds another layer of complexity to the movie. Just like Marvel's MCU has become famed for its hidden Easter Eggs and nods to a much larger expanded universe, Solo will be just like Rogue One and much more than just a standalone movie.
Whatever the true purpose of the dice, it is great to see Han's lucky charm following him into Solo, so let's just hope it can bring the movie some actual luck too. Thankfully, it looks like Solo: A Star Wars Story will be luring in fans old and new to watch our nerf-herding hero establish himself as one of the franchise's most important characters and one of sci-fi's biggest names.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019