In Warwick Davis’s (Wicket the Ewok) Force For Change promotional video, the Han Solo movie directors Phillip Lord and Christopher Miller preview a new alien on the set.
Thanks to Force For Change, we got an unexpected glimpse at a creature on the set of the young Han Solo movie.
In the latest Force For Change promotional video, actor Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi) gave viewers an “exclusive” look behind the scenes at the Han Solo movie set. He was promoting one of the prizes Force For Change donors can win, which is a chance to appear in the Han Solo movie. The first few pictures he showed were of the set’s parking lot, the vending machines, and the office supply room.
But then, Davis’s photo slide screen switches to show the film’s directors, Miller and Lord. Davis tells them he is giving his viewers a “spoiler-free tour” of the set and warns them not to give away anything spoiler-y themselves.
Then Lord says, “What, do you mean like this?” and pans the camera over to an alien sitting to Miller’s right.
Below is a screenshot of the new alien, which looks like a brand-new, never-before-seen creature.
Image Credit: Lucasfilm (screenshot via photo library Elaine Tveit)
With its multiple eyestalks (six in total), the alien looks like the Gran species from the prequel trilogy. But there are some important differences. Grans have three eyestalks on the top of their heads and large floppy ears. Whereas the eyestalks of the alien above stick out from the sides of its face and no ears are in sight.
For a visual comparison, see the photo of a Gran below.
A Gran. Image Credit: Lucasfilm
I’m happy to see more new aliens in the Star Wars universe. At the same time, I hope the new creature isn’t just window dressing. One thing that disappointed me about the first Star Wars standalone film, Rogue One was the lack of alien characters in starring roles.
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Even the background of locations like the Rebel Alliance base on Yavin IV was sorely missing non-humans. Fortunately, the more diverse environment of the Han Solo movie – cantinas, pirate dens and smuggler’s ships – will probably incorporate more non-humans naturally.
The young Han Solo movie premieres in theaters May 25, 2018. To learn more about the latest Force For Change campaign, click the link.