With just over four months until its theatrical release, the details surrounding the plot of Solo: A Star Wars Story are still surprisingly scarce. However, while it's hardly much, Disney's newly released official synopsis for the upcoming Star Wars spinoff does offer some clues, vague as they may be, about the direction of the story.
The synopsis, which was revealed by StarWars.com, tells us a lot of what we already know -- namely that Solo is "an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy," and that he "encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian" somewhere along his journey. The piece that's worth noting, though, is the synopsis confirms what's long been speculated, which is that we'll see how Han Solo first meets his beloved Wookiee companion/co-pilot Chewbacca.
Shortly after the rise of the Galactic Empire, many Wookiees were forced into slavery and sent to work in the mines of places like Kessel, while others were simply subjected to cruel experiments. As for Chewie, he and several other Wookiees were tasked with chopping down wroshyr trees in order to feed the Imperial Army. However, he was eventually set free by Han Solo, and as such, swore a life debt to the fast-talking smuggler.
Until now, Chewie's canonical origins have only been depicted in media such as Marvel's Star Wars: Chewbacca miniseries, by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto. Even then, Chewie and his people's enslavement at the hands of Trandoshan slavers was only shown through flashbacks, so it will certainly be interesting to see how much of it is incorporated into Solo.
Here is the full synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story:
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Directed by Ron Howard and from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams and Woody Harrelson. The film opens May 25.