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Spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story ahead, you guys!
After what's felt like an eternity of waiting, Solo: A Star Wars Story is finally upon us. The Star Wars standalone is an unexpectedly delightful action-adventure, one that introduces us to a ton of new characters as well as shading in the pasts of familiar faces we've known for years. While we do get updates on Chewbacca and Lando's lives, the title of the film should clue you in on the fact that Han Solo is the character who gets the most backstory. It's not a whole lot, but here's what we now know.
The film begins with a fresh-faced, younger version of Han (Alden Ehrenreich) desperate to escape the dismal Corellia, a grim industrial planet with Imperial troopers around every corner. Both he and childhood pal Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) are sick of living in the slums ruled over by a vengeful Lady Proxima and decide to steal some coaxium (a dangerous, expensive substance that fuels starships) that they can barter to get off the planet. Although it certainly seems like Han is an orphan at this point, he later reveals that his father used to work in a factory building ships on Corellia until he was laid off. His father's job is actually what inspired Han to be a pilot in the first place.
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Sadly, Han and Qi'ra's escape attempt doesn't go as planned. While they're able to successfully barter the coaxium, Lady Proxima's henchmen capture Qi'ra before she can make it through the checkpoint. With the goons hot on his tail, Han's only option is to sign up to serve in the Empire's army so that he can be whisked away on one of their ships. The recruitment process is brief and mostly meaningless, save for one key moment. When the...
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