Discover the incredible backstory of one of cinema’s most iconic characters in this epic blockbuster
Buy Solo: A Star Wars Story + Digital Bonus on the Virgin Media Store from Monday 17 September and rent on Virgin Movies from Monday 24 September. Cert 12. Also available in HD
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, we met a smuggler, scoundrel and sharpshooter called Han Solo. He had a hair-trigger on his blaster (ever since, we’ve wanted a good blaster by our side) and a best friend who was essentially a walking teddy bear that occasionally rips people’s arms off. But we didn’t really know much about his background until this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, starring Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of Harrison Ford’s legendary hero.
And now it’s available to buy on the Virgin Media Store, complete with a Digitial Bonus that comprises featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage and deleted scenes.
Now we finally get to see a little bit more about Han’s youth on Corellia, the Empire’s starship-building centre. He escapes an unhappy life on the planet, but he’s determined to get enough money, and a ship, to go back and rescue his fellow orphan Qi’ra (Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke).
Inevitably, things don’t go quite to plan, and the one big score he plans with fellow scoundrel Beckett (Woody Harrelson) only lands him in more trouble. We learn how he meets Chewbacca (Joonas Suotama), where he picks up many of his tricks and mannerisms, and how he meets his ol’ buddy Lando Calrissian (Atlanta’s Donald Glover).
As you’d expect from any Star Wars film, there are deep-space spills and thrills, stunning practical and visual effects and a huge array of weird creatures and alien life forms. It’s got all the scale of the main saga with none of the Skywalker family drama. Don’t believe us? Just click/hover over the characters below to meet the whole gang...
Who’s who in Solo: A Star Wars Story
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