The premiere of the newest film is still a few months out, but the Star Wars franchise is an embarrassment of riches at the moment. Nine new Solo: A Star Wars Story photos were released Wednesday in Entertainment Weekly, and fans have a lot of thoughts about them. From action-packed images of Han Solo and Chewbacca steering what's probably the Millennium Falcon to Lando Calrissian playing a card game with other alien species, it's clear that the Han Solo spin-off movie is mixing genres in interesting new ways. But, most importantly, one fan noticed something in one of the photos that will make fans of Han and of Star Wars in general crack up.
It was a flirtatious moment between the smuggler and Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra that caught the eye of one Twitter user in particular. Dan Casey, a Senior Editor at Nerdist, used a series of pictures to show the level of thought and dedication that went into creating the glass of wine that Qi'ra and Han are holding in the photograph. Star Wars is pretty well known for its amazing graphics, after all, and adapting regular things for the wide, wide galaxy can be daunting. Or, according to Casey, you can just do this:
Of course, this picture isn't the only notable one. The rest are genre-defying: there are hints at comedy, romance, action, adventure, and a little bit of slapstick thrown in for good measure in these photos. So the one thing you shouldn't do is turn up in theaters over Memorial Day weekend expecting to see a run-of-the-mill action movie. Starting right on the cover of the magazine, there's a misfit duo vibe that the magazine plays up with the graphics. "When Han Met Chewie," it reads — a play on the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally.
And rom-com or not, that's not necessarily a misplaced comparison. The pair is one of the most iconic in the canon, if not moviedom at large, so there's quite a bit to live up to. Their origin story needs to be a regular little space-age meet-cute, just without the romance, and there's a lot riding on it.
Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo smolders out from the cover beside Chewbacca, with a dynamic that seems to be being played up as a mix between buddy cops and an unlikely romance. It honestly wouldn't be that out of place to see the Wookiee going full-on Charlie's Angels and posing with a fake finger gun.
Filmmakers have taken all the pressure inherent in introducing a pair of BFFs as entrenched in pop culture as Han and Chewie and refused to let the film buckle under it. In fact, they're quite literally laughing it off; a caption promises that Solo will be "the funniest (!!) Star Wars movie yet," emphasis theirs, and many of the photos released on Feb. 7 reinforce that goal.
There's Donald Glover as Lando looking suave AF, throwing down cards surrounded by other alien creatures, as well as a shot of him playfully saluting a little droid that will be voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. There's also Solo and Chewie elatedly steering the ship. The reminder seems to be that nothing's too fancy here; these are smugglers, after all, and they're flying by the seat of their pants. Humor is clearly an element that will be featured prominently, seamlessly weaving in among the moments of actions.
But, of course, this won't be all laughter and silliness. There are more focused shots of Ehrenreich in action, for example, one with what looks to be Woody Harrelson's Garris Shrike in the background, and another in which he's clinging to the outside of a ship alongside Chewie, looking a little worse for wear.
There are also shots of ships and large mechanisms, shadowy, backlit photos, and a very standard meeting scene between Shrike, Chewie, and Solo. So it's hard to know exactly what this film will be, as some fans have already pointed out when the trailer was released.
Even Ehrenreich feels himself being pulled in multiple directions. He says in the cover shoot that, if you're still trying to puzzle out who's on the good side and who the bad, that's OK: "I think that’s exactly what Han’s trying to do throughout the film."
So, while the film may lean on tropes from a wide variety of genres from rom-com to buddy cop — and incorporate some good ol' space wine — one thing that's clear is that it will be crammed full of all the charm you could imagine.