‘Becoming Solo’ featurette explores Han Solo’s exciting origins

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Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard, along with actors Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke, take us to the dark and daring universe of the stand-alone movie releasing next month. Just as in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, “the Imperial flag reigns over the galaxy” — but unlike that previous “anthology” film, Solo is less a story of hope in the face of overwhelming odds than it is one fortune and glory.

“The Star Wars universe that we see in Solo is different from anything else that we’ve seen in any previous Star Wars movies,” Howard says in the new promotional featurette “Becoming Solo.”

“The Empire controls everything. Everyone is struggling to survive. But, we discover this incredibly free spirit.”

Actor Donald Glover, who plays a young Lando Calrissian, says “we’re meeting Han right before he becomes the Han that we know.”

“You end up getting to see how this guy became the way he is,” Ehrenreich adds. “It’s all part of the great expansion of the Han Solo world.”

That “great expansion” the actor mentions may mean more than just this one film; Esquire recently quoted Ehrenreich as saying he’s under contract to appear in two more Star Wars films, at least.

Howard says the young space adventurer won’t become the Solo we know without enduring trials, of course:

“It’s a right of passage. The tests he has to face, the challenges he has to endure to become Han Solo.”

But the payoff will be finally seeing some Star Wars legend become canon.

“Those first encounters with Chewbacca, with the Millennium Falcon, with Lando Calrissian — they’re in this movie,” Howard says.

Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens and co-writer of Solo with his son Jon Kasdan, may be the biggest Han Solo fan:

“He’s the most exciting character in the Saga for me. You don’t know what he’s going to do. He’s reckless,” Kasdan said.

Clarke, who plays new mystery character Qi’ra when she’s not Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, may have the best definition for who Han Solo is:

“He does these stupid things that shouljd never work, and they do. And he does it with bravado.”

Solo hits theaters May 25.

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