Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals Mandalorian connection to film’s main villain, and much more!


Empire magazines coverage of Solo: A Star Wars Story goes behind the scenes, revealing a Mandalorian connection to the film’s central villain, and much more!

As always, Empire magazine delivers the goods, this time with behind the scenes coverage of Solo: A Star Wars Story. From planetary descriptions, exclusive images of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, and much more; we get more of a feel of the film’s overall tone.

Evidently, Paul Bettany’s character Dryden Vos is the primary villain of Solo: A Star Wars Story, who is no longer shrouded in mystery.

"More from Dork Side of the ForceDaniel José Older named a High Republic Adventures character after someone specialHow animation changed Star Wars: Ewoks and DroidsKelleran Beq comes to Star Wars: Galaxy of HeroesThe Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal becomes No. 1 on IMDb’s Starmeter for 2023Unwrapping the Star Wars LEGO Advent Calendar: Day 7Vos is being touted as Solo’s main villain, a facially-scarred “big-shot” criminal overlord who recruits a crew of reprobates for a heist. The character was originally portrayed by Michael K. Williams back when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were directing, but is now portrayed by Bettany in Ron Howard’s film."

In the full-length theatrical trailer, Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett narrates this very truth, but we now know for sure that his character is replacing Michael K. William’s role for the film — who was let go upon Lord and Miller’s departure from the project.

Within the contents of this new magazine collectible, we are given much more, via an image of armor that looks quite familiar to hardcore Star Wars fans.

The armor in the background looks to be an ancient variation of Mandalorian armor, later adopted by Jango Fett and his “son” Boba Fett. Could this mean we see the infamous bounty hunter in the film or is it pure coincidence? Hopefully not!

Vos is a collector of sorts, who not only fancies Mandalorian gear but possibly the Dark Side of the Force as well.

Photo Credit: Lucasfilm

In the background, there appears to be a Sith Holocron (or artwork portraying it), which would be a fun way of including Force yielders within the film. Wild rumors surfaced that Jedi and Sith would appear in the movie, but hopefully, Vos’ obsession with rare artifacts is the closest we get to it in Solo: A Star Wars Story — we don’t need Force-wielders in this story.

It’s unknown what the origins of this particular whip, but it’s possible it’s one in the same as the Lightwhip, which originated in Star Wars Legends.

Photo Credit: Lucasfilm

We also receive confirmation that Dryden Vos is not related to the rogue Jedi Quinlan Vos from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. 

Betrayal’s mentioned in the latest trailer for the film, so Vos might be the one who stabs Han Solo in the back, with this description indicating it’s a plausible outcome for the young Solo. Nevertheless, Paul Bettany has the look of a man you do not want to mess with or even double-cross.

Next: Is Howard hinting at Jedi, Sith appearances in Solo?

Hopefully, the visual guide for Solo: A Star Wars Story goes into great detail on Vos’ vast collection of artifacts, which I’m dying to know more about, for sure.

Solo: A Star Wars Story debuts May 25, 2018, worldwide.

Read the entire scoop of behind the scene details from Empire magazine here.