Oh, those folks over at Lucasfilm are spoiling us. Not only have they released two new clips to amp up our excitement for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, but they’ve also given us the Big One.
That’s right, everyone, prepare to witness the moment Han Solo first meets Lando Calrissian over a gambling table and utters the four words that we’re sure are about to change his life: “Is this seat taken?”
The clip begins with Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo joining Captain Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) at his table for a fateful game of sabacc while Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) watches in the background, and Han has just one thing he wants to know before they get started.
“Can I ask you a question, Captain Calrissian?” Han starts. “I heard a story about you, I was wondering if it’s true.”
“Everything you’ve heard about me is true,” Lando replies, coolly.
Now, we’re no continuity experts, but we’d hazard a guess at saying this clip leads directly into a little gamble for the Millennium Falcon, as we’ve seen in another TV spot, which means something tells us we’re about to witness a hero in the making here.
And it helps that Star Wars has also released a second clip, showing Chewbacca and Woody Harrelson’s Beckett – a “mentor” to Han and a “bit of a criminal” – playing holochess on the ship, too.
Of course, they could be sitting down for a lesson in strategy and thinking a few steps ahead while guests on Captain Calrissian’s ship, but where’s the fun in that?
The upcoming standalone Star Wars film is set a decade before Han and Luke Skywalker joined forces to battle the Empire in A New Hope, with Donald Glover previously teasing that “we’re meeting Han right before he becomes the Han that we know”.
“You end up getting to see how this guy got to be the way he is,” adds Ehrenreich.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is directed by Ron Howard – who took over from Phil Lord and Chris Miller – and also stars Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Paul Bettany.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will be released in cinemas on May 24 in the UK and May 25 in the US. Book tickets now.
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