It’s May the Fourth also known as Star Wars Day. Lucasfilm and Star Wars released a brand new clip showing off how Chewbacca becomes Han Solo’s co-pilot in their upcoming film Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The clip seen above runs for about :45 seconds and sees Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo in the cockpit of Millennium Falcon as he’s being pursued by a number of Imperial Tie Fighters. Lando appears to have surrendered the piloting duties in favor of manning the gun turrets. Solo shows off his piloting skills as he makes a nifty maneuver using the hull of the Millennium Falcon to knock a pursuing fighter out of the way. You can hear Donald Glover’s Lando shout, “Good going, Han!”
However, he’s nowhere near out of danger as another pursuing Tie Fighter makes some direct hits on the Falcon. He tells his co-pilot Emilia Clarke’s Qi’Ra to divert auxiliary power to the rear deflector shield. She simply responds, “We definitely do.” However, she seems to have no idea how to do that and just stares at the control panel in front of her. That’s when Joonas Suotamo’s Chewbacca steps in over her shoulder and flips a number of switches seemingly diverting the power to the rear deflector shield. Solo quizzically questions Chewbacca, “Since when do you know how to fly?”
Chewbacca then tells Han, that he’s 190 years old. Han can only say, “190 years old? You look great!” Emilia Clarke’s Qi’Ra then vacates her co-pilot seat and says, “Chewie, get in. I’ll help Lando.”
Chewbacca then takes the seat next to Han Solo and becomes his co-pilot for what looks to be the first time ever in Star Wars canon. It’s a pretty cool moment as Han Solo looks over and just smirks as Chewbacca sits down and looks comfortable in the co-pilot seat!
Solo: A Star Wars Story will see Han Solo venture into the “dark and dangerous criminal underworld” in a series of daring escapades that sees him befriend his future copilot Chewbacca and meet the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard, comes to theaters on May 25, 2018.