Harrison Ford’s Han Solo is one of the most iconic movie characters of all time, but with so little known about the character’s back story and with the Star Wars franchise bigger than ever, 2018 was the perfect time for the character’s origin story.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is filled with nods, winks and hidden references to the Star Wars universe that super fans will love, but for younger viewers this film is a riotous caper that is the perfect introduction to the double-crossing, droids and dashing spaceships in the galaxy far, far away.
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Why Solo: A Star Wars Story is a must-watch
Have you seen the cast?
Alden Ehrenreich was a perfect choice to fill Harrison Ford’s hefty boots as a young Han, but he’s got plenty of help with Woody Harrelson making his Star Wars debut as mentor Beckett and Donald Glover stepping into the role of Lando Calrissian, made famous in the original trilogy by Billy Dee Williams.
Throw in three of the hottest properties on TV right now: Thandie Newton (Westworld), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), and you’ve got a lineup to rival any cast this year.
A more personal Star Wars adventure
The fate of the universe is usually at stake in Star Wars films with epic battles between Light and Dark, good and evil, delivering tense and nail-biting thrill-rides.
Star Wars fans know that Han, Lando and Chewie are in no danger of survival, so Solo opts for a more personal adventure.
From the blossoming of Han and Chewie’s relationship to revelations about Han and Lando’s early years, this film is as much about the characters as it is the space racing and spectacular set pieces.
Ron Howard is in the director's chair
Howard was apparently too daunted to take on a Star Wars film before now - incredible for a man behind the camera on Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and Frost/Nixon - but he must have felt more comfortable with this origin story.
With the Millennium Falcon, Wookies and an incredible cast at his disposal, Howard has all the tools at his disposal to create a classic Star Wars adventure.
Trivia: Did you know…
- Harrison Ford opted not to attend the premiere to avoid hogging the spotlight from the young cast, but has given his thumbs up to the “phenomenal” prequel
- Ron Howard has confirmed that The Golden Idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark - Harrison Ford’s other major movie franchise - can been seen on the meeting room table of Dryden Vos.
- The film references martial art Teräs Käsi – an obscure reference to a 1997 Star Wars PlayStation video game.
- Beckett creates a blaster in the movie, which he gives to Han. This is the famous weapon seen in the original Star Wars trilogy.
- Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge didn’t realise that L3-37 was a droid when she first auditioned for the role.
- This will make you feel old. Donald Glover was born the year that Return of the Jedi came out -1983.