The new Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich, enjoying the 'Star Wars' galaxy

How George Lucas Contributed to Solo: A Star Wars Story

But, it appears, that Han Solo will be the spark of hope and one who will fight against it. They also destroy the Death Star, thwarting the plans of an evil Empire. Will Solo: A Star Wars Story follow suit with the original films or omit the text all together as Rogue One did in the first Star Wars standalone movie? (Without Han Solo, there likely wouldn't be so many square-jawed Chrises to worry about.) Ehrenreich acquits himself rather well with both the impersonation aspects and with making the character his own, and much of what makes Solo work comes from Ehrenreich and his rapport with the other characters.

With that in mind, here's a quick movie timeline, spanning from the introduction of a baby-faced Anakin Skywalker to the recent debuts of Rey and Finn, ideal for your next movie marathon. It's basically an old-school Saturday-serial b-movie-which of course is exactly the sort of picture that inspired the whole Star Wars project.

On another planet, his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, uncovers a sinister plot that leads to war. As promised by earlier Star Wars films, he eventually plays cards with the charming, slick, unscrupulous Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover, staying true to the character's larceny by stealing scenes).

Solo: A Star Wars Story revolves around a storyline involving a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) being pulled into the heist caper of Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), who is trying to steal some powerful fuel on behalf of the crime syndicate, Crimson Dawn.

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The Westworld actress, 45, developed an even stronger pride in the role when she was told by a colleague that she'd be the first woman of color prominently featured in a Star Wars film. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and risky criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes.

There's also the introduction of the iconic ship, the Millennium Falcon.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, though, has nearly nothing to do with the Jedi or the Force, and nearly all of it is set on planets with some degree of lawlessness or corruption.

So much Star Wars yet to come. We meet Solo long before his days with Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. Solo does a pretty good job recapturing the relationships between Han and Chewbacca as well as Lando (played by Donald Glover, he's entertaining but underused by a movie that already bites off more than it can chew) and Ehrenreich has a lot to do with how well that's executed. Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Force Awakens all opened a year apart, and each in December. Supreme Leader Snoke, the latest Sith Lord, looks to crush what's left of the Resistance.

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