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The Young HAN SOLO First Look: Decoded

While we’re counting the days until we finally get an Episode VIII trailer, Lucasfilm has started production of the film about the only man to make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. That’s right, the Han Solo film is officially underway, and we’ve finally seen the first cast pic from the next Star Wars anthology! Today’s Nerdist News is breakin’ out the red cups and pouring over the picture for clues to Han’s new adventure.

Join host—and Boba Fett’s other top target—Jessica Chobot, as she offers up an analysis of the Han Solo cast pic before sharing a few theories about a key absence. The picture originated over at StarWars.com and included a brief note that the film will explore Han and Chewie’s “adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.” Note that Alden Ehrenreich has his best ’70s Harrison Ford hair on, while Donald Glover is starting to look very Billy Dee Williams. Joonas Suotamo is also part of the core trio as Chewbacca, a role he shared with Peter Mayhew in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Woody Harrelson is playing Han’s mentor, like a character from the Star Wars Extended Universe he’s already sorta-confirmed. We’re not sure who Emilia Clarke or Phoebe Waller-Bridge are playing, but we do know that Waller-Bridge is providing motion-capture for her role (so she’s probably a female droid of a sort). Which brings us to Thandie Newton, one of the late additions to the cast. Newton is conspicuous in her absence here. We’re still hoping she’ll be Sanna Starros, Han’s fake wife, who was introduced in Marvel’s Star Wars comics. But if she’s not on set with the rest of the cast on the first day of filming then we have to wonder about the size of her role in the movie.

What do you think about the first look at the Han Solo cast? Shoot first in the comment section below!

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