Han Solo's adventures may be over following his tragic demise in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there are still many tales to be told from when he was younger. The upcoming Han Solo movie will explore at least one of these stories, as it takes place years before he joined the Rebellion and became a hero. Disney and Lucasfilm have stayed mum regarding plot details for the upcoming "Anthology" spinoff, but according to a new report, the movie will explain how the smuggler won his prized ship.
The Hollywood Reporter writer Borys Kit has heard from several sources that the Han Solo movie will explain how Lando Calrissian lost the Millennium Falcon to Han Solo. It may be a while until this is confirmed or denied, but it's certainly plausible. Fans learned in The Empire Strikes Back that Han wasn't the Millennium Falcon's original owner when Lando asked what he'd done to "his" ship, leading Han to remind his buddy that he won it "fair and square." Since then, the only thing Lucasfilm he revealed about the transition of ownership is that Lando lost the ship in a game of sabacc, a popular card game in a galaxy far, far away.
Obviously the Millennium Falcon is most associated with Han Solo and Chewbacca's shenanigans, so it's easy to forget sometimes that others were piloting the ship before them. If this plot point is legitimate, it'll be fun to see the look on Lando's face when he realizes Han out-gambled him and that it was a mistake to put his ship up for winning.
Funny enough, this wouldn't be the furthest back in time we've seen the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars movies. It briefly appeared in Revenge of the Sith when Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi returned to Coruscant. And yes, it was confirmed that was the Falcon, not a different ship of a similar design. While we're talking about stories, would it be too much to ask for the Han Solo movie to also show how Han made the Kessel Run? There's no reason Lando couldn't have been involved with that somehow, and that's another event that many fans have been eager to see.
So far, the Han Solo movie stars Alden Ehrenreich as the eponymous protagonist and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. Chewbacca is also confirmed to appear. Tessa Thompson, Naomi Scott and Zoe Kravitz have tested for the lead female role, but there's no word yet on who that character will be. 21 Jump Street duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller will direct the flick, while Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon penned the script.
The Han Solo spinoff will be released in theaters on May 25, 2018.