Another glimpse at the set of the untitled Han Solo film could indicate that there’ll be some busted speeders in the movie. And that fact is very reminiscent of 1980 Han Solo novel called Han Solo and the Lost Legacy.
On Thursday, director Ron Howard shared a video over Twitter showcasing a broken down part of a speeder, with smoke or steam surrounding it. The tweet’s caption reads “where old speeders go to die.”
This seems to be taking a literal page from a very old expanded universe Star Wars novel. In the opening pages of 1980’s Han Solo and the Lost Legacy, by Brian Daley, Han is broke and fixing airspeeders for money in a part of space called the Tion Hegemony working for a guy named Grigmin. Basically he and Chewie are broke and the Falcon needs repairs, as usual.
Obviously, the expanded Star Wars universe was erased in 2014. But considering the fact that Han has to pay off Jabba the Hutt in the original trilogy, it’s not a far stretch to imagine that the young Han has money troubles as well. Daley’s Han Solo novels are notable too, since they are the first Star Wars books published that take place before the events of the original film. Daley had Han and Chewie dodge the Empire by mostly having them in different sectors of space which were not controlled by the Empire.
Earlier on Thursday, Howard also tweeted what appears to be a better look at the junkyard the speeder is in.
Since taking the reigns from the film’s previous directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, back in June, Howard has been pretty consistent in posting small looks at the production. This is probably to reassure everyone that the set has not descended into chaos, and along with statements from some of the cast on the director change, it’s working. His tweets give the impression of a well-functioning set that will meet its deadlines.
Regardless, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the untitled Han Solo film. So it could be some time before we learn what exactly is going on with the speeder.
The untitled Han Solo movie will premiere on May 25, 2018.