Ron Howard reveals the Empire will play some part in the Han Solo film

The Empire

One of the positives that has come out of the director shuffle that came earlier this year for Lucasfilm’s untitled Han Solo film has been the little social media snippets that new director Ron Howard has released. From walking to throw his lunch carton away on set to brief glimpses of Donald Glover as Lando, they’ve all been interesting in their own way.

The latest from Howard will definitely have lots of fans talking.

While many will just figure that the image goes with the caption to the idea that the Empire will play a part in the film, since they were still in charge of things during Han’s formative years, others will see something else. Already online there is speculation running rampant about the idea that the helmet and console and the choice of the word “large” in the caption could mean the Death Star factors in somehow.

While nothing is impossible, this overall seems highly unlikely since as we saw in the original film Solo didn’t seem to know about the Death Star much like Luke and Obi-Wan but also the Death Star did not become fully known even to the Rebellion till the events of Rogue One which takes place right before A New Hope begins.

More than likely scenes on a Star Destroyer or some Empire base will feature into the film. It’s also very possible that any altercations with the Empire will be a small part of the film, making them a minor antagonist while others such as Jabba could show up as an antagonist or maybe even the mentor that Woody Harrelson is playing will be someone that Han has to turn against at some point.

Solo having run ins with the Empire previous to the events of the original films is not only something that has been mentioned in the films but also is logical since the he makes his livelihood as a smuggler.

The Han Solo film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo picking up the role of Chewbacca, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

The film is slated for a May 25, 2018 release.

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