Lucasfilm dropped a new Solo featurette on us this afternoon, giving us a lot of new looks at the film – particularly Corellia, Mimban and the sabacc game. (Plus more from his first meeting with Chewbacca!) There’s also talk from Ron Howard, Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke and Lawrence Kasdan.
A scene from Solo was shown at CinemaCon 2018 today in Vegas, showing attendees the first meeting between Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. The most complete description seems to from Germain Lussier at io9.
Does Han win the Millennium Falcon the very first time he plays against Lando? We’ll see in a month, I suppose.
We first heard this back in 2016 – and no one was particularly shocked by it then. Signing up your stars for multiple films is pretty standard when you’re dealing with big franchises like Star Wars, even in the (now rare) cases where sequels aren’t planned. I don’t think this means that Solo sequels are a given, but it does give Lucasfilm the option.
I think they’re getting the hang of this new Expanded Universe.
We’re several years into the new canon now, but it’s been curious to watch how the books (and comics) have changed from our first tentative steps with A New Dawn. It might be no less a balancing act, but it feels like everything is both settling into a rhythm and not afraid to try something new.
Last Shot is the latest example of how the novels are able to both enhance the films (in this case, Solo, mostly) and stand on their own as complete stories.