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Ron Howard’s teasing the Han Solo movie and… is that Chewbacca’s wife?! And Lando in the Falcon’s cockpit?

July 19th, 2017 by Marc Comments

With the Han Solo movie now well under way with Ron Howard at the helm after Disney got rid of previous directors Lord and Miller (here), the new director is using social media as a way to engage with the fans… and drop some pretty cool god-bits and clues.

First up, we know the movie will focus on the young smuggler’s earlier career and in there how he came to meet his two closest friends, Lando Calrissian, played by Donald Glover and Chewbacca, played by Joonas Suotamo. And it seems that there’s going to be some very awesome stuff from the history of the two characters’ included.

Remember the behind-thepscenes clip at D23 a few days ago (here)? Well there was a Wookie in there with curlers in their hair at 13 seconds:

No-one really paid much attention to it until Howard released this new post below:

Do you see it? If you look really closely at the monitor, you’ll see this:

And that, to us and the folks at, like two Wookies kissing and, given that we’re also seeing Suotamo as Chewie watching the take on the monitor, we’re guessing he may well have been one the Wookies.

So… who could the other one be?

Well, it could be Chewie’s wife.

Wait, what?!

Yeah, Chewbacca is married in the Star Wars Universe (well in the canon pre-Disney). We first met Mallatobuck, aka Malla, in The Star Wars: Holiday Special waaaaaay back in 1978.

Chewie, according to Star Wars mythology, met her when he was around 100 years old: “Chewie was eventually forced into an honor duel with another suitor for Malla’s hand in marriage, where he bested his opponent despite the opponent’s attempt to cheat during the fight. Malla, described by Han Solo as intelligent and with hair resembling silk, was originally created for the infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special that aired on television, but that project was never considered official canon by Lucasfilm. Since then, though, she’s been mentioned in canonical novels like Alexandra Bracken’s A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy and Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath: Empire’s End.”

He also has a son called Lumpy but we’ll talk about him another time.

So could this mean we’ll see Malla in the movie? Could the seemingly emotional scene above be Chewie saying goodbye to his family as he leaves with Han, the man he owes a life debt to?

We don’t know for sure but after a dark few days around this movie, we’re suddenly really, really excited to find out!

What about Lando?

Well, we know he’s definitely in the movie but haven’t really seen anything of him until now.

Howard has also shared a few new images and in them we can clearly see Lando piloting the Millennium Falcon which makes sense as we all know that Han won the ship of his friend… and if Lando has it in this movie then we may also see the legendary game of Sabaac where Han bests his friend.

lining up a shot today from my director’s monitor

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So that’s Lando in the cockpit of the universe’s greatest spaceship (yeah Firefly and Trek fans, we said it) but while he’s clearly wearing a cool yellow jacket, Howard has also teased glimpses of his other outfits… including, yes you guessed it, a cape!

Check them out here… and we’re guessing that if he has that many outfits then he has a pretty big bit of screen time too:

#UntitledHanSoloMovie Care to guess whose closet this is?

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The Han Solo movie is due May 25, 2018.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….