Woody Harrelson is Tobias Beckett
Woody Harrelson's Beckett was modeled after Long John Silver in Treasure Island. He's a veteran criminal who's yet to land a big score, and Solo will see Beckett finally get his chance. He's leader of a group of criminals who cross paths with Han, and Beckett seems to become a mentor/father figure to the young Solo. When Beckett finally sees a chance to perform a big job, he assembles a team and leads them to action. Unfortunately, this leads him into direct competition with other rogue elements in the Star Wars universe.
Thandie Newton is Val
A member of Beckett's team, Val has worked with this crew for quite a while before they cross paths with the young Han Solo. It seems Val initially objects to Solo sticking his nose into Beckett's affairs, but co-writer Jon Kasdan has said the relationship between Val and Solo then goes in an "interesting direction." If Beckett becomes a father-figure for Han, most fans are expecting Val to become a surrogate mother.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is L3-37
Let's face it, this wouldn't be Star Wars without a droid in a prime position. In an interesting twist, though, Waller-Bridge's L3-37 will be the franchise's first female droid. She's worked with Lando Calrissian for years, and seems to have become his co-pilot on the Falcon. According to co-writer Jon Kasdan, L3-37 is "subservient to no-one." She's a self-modified droid who has improved her design over the years by rebuilding herself with parts scavenged from other droids; that gives L3-37 a unique aesthetic. It looks as though L3-37 will add an element of comedic relief, particularly due to her relationship with Lando.
Leaked merchandise details have confirmed that one major bad guy is a mysterious space pirate known as Enfys Nest. He's leader of a gang known as the Cloud-Riders, who use swoop bikes to "terrorize the skies." The Cloud-Rider gang actually originated in the old Expanded Universe; they appeared in a handful of old Marvel Comics, where their criminal activities forced villagers to reach out to the Rebellion for help. This time round, it looks as though Enfys Nest and his crew are competing with Solo's team in order to make a score.
Most fans believe stunt-actor Harley Durst is playing this part, but that may not be the case; international merchandise for Solo has stressed that Enfys Nest is actually female. That may be a mistake, though, as Lucasfilm do have form with subtle mistranslations; the French translation of The Last Jedi, for example, suggested plural Jedi rather than the singular Luke Skywalker. Durst has also been associated with a character named "Moloch," who appears to be a relatively minor figure in the script.
Paul Bettany is Dryden Vos
Recruited by Ron Howard for the reshoots, Paul Bettany is playing the part of Dryden Vos, who he describes as an "intergalactic gangster." The part was initially played by Michael K. Williams, but in the Lord and Miller version was largely CGI. Back then, fans actually believed Williams was playing the main villain, but the trailer has suggested Enfys Nest is far more prominent as a character.
Some fans speculate that Dryden Vos may actually be Force-sensitive, as he bears the same surname as Prequel-Era Jedi Quinlan Vos.
- 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