Ron Howard is now teasing the spice mines of Kessel

So, a mine shaft, the caption “Spicey?” What else could this be but the famed spice mines of Kessel, finally making their big-screen debut? (Yes, they were on Rebels, which showed that Wookiees were sent there… Hmm.) Presumably.

I wouldn’t put any bets on Han encountering a snot-nosed kid named Kyp there, though at least this time around there’s no Solo daughter (…hopefully) for him to creepily flirt with a few decades down the line…

Ron Howard tweets pic of Chewbacca on set

Another Twitter snap by new Hanthlogy director Ron Howard shows us Chewbacca – and a brief, fuzzy look at two Wookiees having a moment. Will we be seeing Chewie’s family on screen, for the first time since the Holiday Special? Or, given that Chewbacca himself is behind the camera, two new Wookiees entirely?

Chewbacca’s wife, Malla, and son, Lumpawaroo, both appeared in the Aftermath books, making them canon again. We’ve also seen, most notably in Rebels, that the concept of the Empire enslaving Wookiees for labor was also maintained. That was a major part of the Han and Chewbacca backstory in the noncanon Legends timeline (introduced in Brian Daley’s Han Solo novels), and could possibly be revisited in the film.

What is The Last Jedi’s “bio-hexacrypt” and what does it have to do with Finn?

John Boyega revealed a gift from Rian Johnson on his Instagram, and a The Last Jedi hint – of sorts. The illustration expresses Boyega’s “frustration with the most complex Star Wars lingo.” So what could a bio-hexacrypt be, and what does it have to do with Finn? Tumblr user Bripenguin13 has a degree in cell biology and one (possible) explaination.

Meanwhile, if you’re still poking at The Last Jedi title, Johnson has an answer. (And more.)