Ron Howard Shares a New Black-and-White Photo of Han Solo's Landspeeder

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 10:16AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Han Solo
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 10:16AM
Ron Howard Shares a New Black-and-White Photo of Han Solo's Landspeeder
Image credit: Ron Howard, Lucasfilm
No matter what comes out of the Han Solo movie's troubled production, one thing is certain: Ron Howard is relishing the opportunity to whip fans into a frenzy by teasing us with tiny glimpses into this incredibly secretive Lucasfilm project. Having previously messed with our emotions by showing off the costume wardrobe for an unnamed character (it's probably Lando's), Howard is now giving us a tiny glimpse at what is presumably the dashboard of a speeder owned by young Han himself.

It's almost certainly Han in the photo, by the way—the gloves match a pair that he wears while firing the Falcon's guns in A New Hope, and even though the photo is in greyscale, the Corellian smuggler's pants are easily recognizable from the yellow stripe on the left-hand side of the picture.




If we can still trust leaked production photos from back when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were directing, we've probably seen this speeder before, when a very rough, scruffy-looking Alden Ehrenreich was spotted on set driving around a old, beaten-up speeder for what will presumably be an action scene of some kind.

It's hard to ignore the Rebel Without a Cause vibes being given off by both the set photos and this new official picture from Howard. This would certainly fit with Han's character, since he's a roguish outlaw who doesn't play by the rules and lives for his vehicle. This would be the logical direction to take the movie, showing how Solo moves from small-town adventures in his speeder to flying across the galaxy in a far more complex and impressive hunk of junk that Solo manages to swindle out of the hands of Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian.

Then again, we've seen a lot of Star Wars protagonists start life on barren dustballs before escaping to their true destiny among the stars. It would feel very odd if too much of Han Solo's backstory feels reminiscent of Luke's origins on Tatooine, complete with races among canyons that teach both heroes how to fly well enough to pull off daring Death Star attacks.

Let's hope Howard retains that crazy Western-heist story Lord and Miller were talking about.
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