A series of articles from Entertainment Weekly have revealed new information about the characters and settings of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
First up, Emilia Clarke plays Qi'Ra, a childhood friend of Han Solo. Here's how Clarke herself describes Qi'Ra and Han's relationship. "Well, they grew up as comrades, essentially. They grew up as pals, as partners in crime. There is obviously the romantic side of things. But they grew up together. So they were kids together. And the beautiful thing about this Han Solo story is it’s highlighting all of the most brilliant aspects of Han Solo the character and characterizing those aspects in characters that he meets on his journey to becoming who he is."
Meanwhile, Woody Harrelson takes the role of Tobias Beckett, described as a "powerful criminal, but a free agent" by director Ron Howard. “Tobias Beckett really shapes Han more than anybody, as Han comes to believe that in a lawless time, he needs a moral code.”
Rounding out the core group - along with familiar faces Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian, is Phoebe Waller-Bridge's L3-37, a "self-modified" droid cobbled out of parts of other droids - including some familiar parts. “She’s a complete individual in the galaxy,” explained co-writer Jon Kasdan. “We wanted to have it be a completely different kind of droid than you’ve ever seen in the movies. And we definitely wanted it to be a female. We thought it was more than time for that.”
Along with the new characters rounding out the cast, EW confirms that one of the locations seen in the trailer - the misty, fog-ridden planet - is in fact Mimban, a planet that first entered the Star Wars mythos with the pre-Empire Strikes Back novel Splinter of the Mind's Eye. In the original Star Wars Expanded Universe, the planet was a source of Kaiburr crystals, which can be used to create lightsabers.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is due out in theaters May 25.