Solo: Ron Howard Describes Woody Harrelson’s Character As ‘A Powerful Criminal’

Han Solo isn’t someone who becomes Han Solo in a vacuum. Like everyone else, he is a product of his upbringing and his environment. Growing up, a lot of folks had questions about who his character was, and how he ended up the way we saw him in Star Wars: A New Hope.

This is a question that was answered in the A.S. Crispin book The Paradise Snare, which portrayed the smuggler as a Corellian street urchin. It was only through the guidance of the Garris Shrike, who used Solo and others to make money.

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But is this who we could expect Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett to be? The Paradise Snare has since become de-canonized, and now Lucasfilm can cherrypick content at will. Speaking with EW, Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard gave a quick description of Tobias:

”He’s a powerful criminal, but a free agent. Tobias Beckett really shapes Han more than anybody, as Han comes to believe that in a lawless time, he needs a moral code.”

Tobias’ goal in the film is to up his status by pulling off a heist, though it’s not clear if it’s the same railway heist that was teased earlier (though, it’s a good bet it is).

As someone who didn’t grow up with a father, it looks like Tobias is someone Han will look up to, though I’d be shocked if this relationship didn’t end up going sideways about two-thirds through the flick.

What do you think of Tobias’ character? How much do you think they’ll be pulling from Garris Shrike? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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