In Solo: A Star Wars Story, young Han Solo meets the mighty Chewbacca, his future copilot and trusted companion, as well as the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian and a host of new characters in a sweeping adventures that is filled with dramatic surprises.
Tickets are now on sale. Ahead of the film’s opening, let’s meet the key players.
Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich)
Young Han yearns to pilot his own spacecraft one day, but in the meantime, his risky impulses lead him into a criminal underworld where he embarks on dangerous adventures for fun and profit, becoming a scoundrel and a smuggler.
By the time Ehrenreich broke out big in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, he’d already made a mark with roles in films like Beautiful Creatures and Blue Jasmine. His credits also include Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply and the war drama The Yellow Birds.
Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover)
An eternally-scheming smuggler, Lando never turns down a game of chance, though he prefers not to ever show his hand. His gambling spirit means he’s more daring than most, which helps him get out of situations when his quick wit fails him.
Rising to screen stardom on TV’s Community, Glover has most recently been impressing everyone with his talents as a writer, producer and director on TV’s Atlanta. He’s also known as the Grammy-winning musical artist Childish Gambino.
Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke)
She and Han Solo grew up together, so their history runs deep. They were friends, comrades in crime, and romantically involved in their younger years. Now, though still young, she is already thoroughly enmeshed in a criminal lifestyle as a member of an independent gang of crooks.
Best known for her role on TV’s Game of Thrones, Clarke has also distinguished herself in the action-thriller Terminator Genisys, the romantic drama Me Before You and the mystery drama Voice From the Stone.
Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson)
Tobias is the charismatic head of a criminal family. He is very tough, but also a surprisingly layered character with a soft spot. Above all, though, he is a survivor, always working the angles to his advantage. He serves as a mentor to young Solo.
Versatile and very talented, Harrelson has distinguished himself in recent years with a series of sterling performances in everything from to The Edge of Seventeen to War for the Planet of the Apes to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Val (Thandie Newton)
A crack shot who scowls a lot, Val may be the most capable member of the ragtag criminal family run by Beckett. She doesn’t tolerate any nonsense and always keeps her cool. Her skeptical personality brings her into conflict with Solo.
Now appearing in a key role on TV’s Westworld, Newton has show her acting chops in a wide variety of roles on the big screen over the years, perhaps most notably in Crash and W.
Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany)
Debonair and sophisticated, Dryden Vos leads Crimson Dawn, an emerging criminal syndicate. Despite his affinity for comfort and luxury, he is a ruthless crime boss and his organization reflects his cutthroat attitude.
Bettany previously worked with director Ron Howard on The Da Vinci Code, so he was a natural fit when re-shoots required the casting of a new actor to replace the unavailable Michael Kenneth Williams. Bettany has also made his presence known in Marvel’s cinematic universe, first as the voice of the loyal Jarvis and then as the entity known as Vision.
Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo)
The big fella is known for his short temper, yet he’s also got a big heart. He’s intensely loyal to his friends, who affectionately call him “Chewie.” He’s also a weapons expert and a crack shot with his bowcaster. He may not say much, but what he says has meaning.
Making his debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens by sharing the role of Chewbacca with Peter Mayhew, Suotamo took on the role entirely in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He’s a former professional athlete who has long harbored dramatic ambitions.
L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge)
Lando’s longtime partner in crime is a “self-made droid” who has constructed and adjusted herself over the years. She is her own person, er, droid, belonging to no one. He character promises to be much more than just ‘comic relief,’ an enlightened navigator who is very much concerned about droid rights.
Equally talented as a writer and actress, Waller-Bridge has won critical acclaim for the TV series Crashing, Fleabag and Killing Eve. Her big-screen credits include The Iron Lady and Goodbye Christopher Robin.
Enfys Nest (???)
Undoubtedly the most mysterious individual in the film, we still don’t have confirmation of the character’s gender or which actor is behind the mask. What we do know is that Enfys Nest is an extremely dangerous marauder. As the leader of the Cloud-Riders, a nefarious group of pirates, Enfys Nest has earned a brutal reputation across the galaxy and is a much-feared character
Rio Durant (Jon Favreau)
A criminal cohort of Tobias Beckett, Rio is a very experienced, good-natured pilot who can handle any kind of dangerous operation that comes his way
The director of Elf, Iron Man and The Jungle Book, Favreau continues to score as an actor as well, most recently in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Favreau also wrote, directed and starred in the heartwarming indie Chef.
These characters and more will play important roles in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, May 25.