Ron Howard Reveals New, Dusty Set Photos From the 'Han Solo' Movie

Monday, 25 September 2017 - 10:25AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Han Solo
Monday, 25 September 2017 - 10:25AM
Ron Howard Reveals New, Dusty Set Photos From the 'Han Solo' Movie
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We've seen Han Solo behind the wheel. We've seen Lando's iconic, flashy cape. Now, Ron Howard has taken to social media to release several new set photos showing off what he describes as a "desperate and dangerous" slice of the Star Wars universe.

Considering that last week we got a look at something "Spicey" (sic), it's worth assuming that this grim world of junk and gritty dust clouds may be Kessel, a planet that's hinted at in the original Star Wars but never seen on screen before.

Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times.

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It does feel a little familiar for anyone who's been keeping an eye on Blade Runner 2049, or indeed those who remember Interstellar with fondness. Apparently, dust is a big sci-fi theme at the moment. For those who would like to see something that feels a little more like the original Star Wars trilogy, this is a welcome inclusion in the movie. Thus far, Disney's been keen to make their Star Wars films hearken to the aesthetic of the first three Star Wars movies, and considering all the retro designs we've seen thus far, Han Solo continues that tradition.




After all, what's more "original trilogy" than the liberal use of a smoke machine? Watch any scene from the classic Star Wars movies that doesn't take place in an Imperial base, and there's a good chance something, somewhere will be bellowing smoke. From Aunt Beru's steamer to the crowded Mos Eisley Cantina to the Cloud City carbon freezing chamber, anything on Hoth or Dagobah, all the way to Jabba's palace, classic Star Wars is dripping with thick layers of dry ice.

It makes sense for Han Solo to distill the look and feel of A New Hope by doubling down on hazy sets and poor visibility—this design style is used in other modern movies that attempt to recreate the feel of a late Seventies/early Eighties film set. Either that, or the set is on fire, and Howard is just making the best out of a bad situation. Given everything else that's gone wrong with this movie's production, this wouldn't be a huge surprise.

The Han Solo movie hits US theaters on May 25th, 2018.
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