Solo: A Star Wars Story will introduce three planets to live-action for the very time.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is just months away now, with Star Wars fans eagerly awaiting the first trailer – a brilliant move by Disney, building up anticipation for a film which seemed doomed from the beginning. Now, with Ron Howard steering the Falcon to safety and the hyperspace coordinates back in sync, the Solo movie is back on track.
Last week, Disney/Lucasfilm released the film’s synopsis, confirming we will indeed see how Chewie met Han Solo. Recently, information surfaced on three of the planets featured in Solo: A Star Wars Story, ones we’ve never seen in a live-action Star Wars film before – with our friends at StarWarsnewsnet.com discovering the inside scoop on these three worlds.
"It’s unclear how much of Solo will be set in Corellia, but certainly, that’s where Han’s story will begin. There are strong rumors that the film will begin with Han as a pod-racer who catches the Empire’s eye and is drafted. Naturally, the life of an Imperial is unlikely to suit everyone’s favorite scoundrel."
Han’s homeworld is the perfect place to begin his story, where we will finally see Corellia on the big screen. Did somebody say podracing? Now, this would be a perfect tie-in to the Prequels, especially The Phantom Menace. Who knows, we could see the likes of Sebulba, Ben Quidanoros, or any of the 18 before seen racers. If Ron Howard sneaked this epic line into a podracing scene, I would lose my mind with excitement in the theatre:
Now, this is podracing!
In the novel, Bloodline by Claudia Grey, Han Solo was the manager of a “prestigious racing championship” coined the Five Sabers. With the Star Wars canon connecting everything, what a perfect way to give us hard-core fans some payoff for reading the novels.
"Kessel could be the world where Han meets Chewbacca. As the Original Trilogy made clear, Chewie has a “life debt” to the wandering smuggler. Fans have always believed that’s because Han rescued him from slavery; given Kessel has Wookiee slaves, it’s certainly possible Chewie was a slave on Kessel."
In Star Wars Rebels’ first episode, the Ghost crew liberates imprisoned Wookies on Kessel, which is not a coincidence. What better way for Han Solo to make the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs, escaping with his new liberated Wookiee friend, Chewbacca.
The first mention of Kessel was in the opening scene of A New Hope when C-3PO utters the phrase:
"“We’ll be sent to the Spice Mines of Kessel, smashed into who-knows-what!”"
Once again, the Lucasfilm story group binding the galaxy together with their careful attention to detail.
"Solo will be heading to Mimban, although it’s unclear what role the planet will play in the film. It’s possible Han will actually be stationed there during his time with the Empire; it’s also possible that he’ll visit Mimban after leaving the Empire, given that the world had a thriving black market – ideal for a neophyte smuggler."
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Introduced in the Legends novel Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, Mimban is known for its massive Imperial presence. It also backs up what Leland Chee revealed of many Legends aspects soon to appear within canon material.
This hints that Han Solo is either an actual Imperial, he works for the Empire, or is working for Jabba attempting to avoid them — which lines up with the line from A New Hope:
"Even I get boarded sometimes."
Solo: A Star Wars Story was nowhere on the radar of Star Wars fans when the standalone films were first mentioned. However, the closer and closer we get to May and its release, the more we change our tune.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theatres May 25, 2018, worldwide.