The new issue of Empire magazine has revealed some of what we can expect when Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters.
"Alden Ehrenreich's Solo may not be the space pirate you know and love," Ian Freer writes. "'You have to imagine him in his early twenties,' writer Larwence Kasdan told The Los Angeles Times in 2015. 'What was he like before he hardened up? Before he put on this cynical cost? What got him there?' This is the story of a world-weary wise-ass in waiting."
Outside of a two-year old interview, though, Empire shared its expectations for the film with some inside info about the Ehrenreich portrayl of the iconic character. "It's part of Solo lore that, as a young gifted pilot, he studied at the Imperial Academy at Carida," Freed writes. "Solo is kicked out of the Academy for rescuing Chewbacca from an Imperial Officer, and thus one of cinema's great friendships was formed. Some variation on this is likely in Solo."
Freed pieced together a few clues from the film's director Ron Howard to mine some more information. "During shooting additional footage, Ron Howard tweeted a picture of a mine shaft with the caption 'Spicey?'" Freed writes. "This is most likely a nod to the spice mines of Kessel, a galactic prison where inmates mine a precious spice. It also suggests the Kessel Run, the hyperspace route used by smugglers, will play a part."
The Falcon will be in never-before-seen form, as well. "By the time we see the Falcon at Docking Bay 94 in A New Hope, it has undergone 'a lot of modifications' by Solo," Freed writes. "Leaked pictures suggest something done to the Falcon glimpsed in Revenge of the Sith: white with blue markings."
"Of course, the Falcon initially belonged to Lando Calrissian, played here by Donald Glover. Solo won it in a game of Corellian Spike, a variant of the game sabacc using two parts of six-sided dice. Perhaps Solo will feature a set-piece around a fancy-dan D&D sesh. Very Strangers Things."
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2017.