The thrilling adaptation of Solo: A Star Wars Story, released by Century today, sees writer Mur Lafferty expand on the film and includes scenes from alternate versions of the script. For fans, it gives deeper insight into Han Solo’s years in the Imperial Navy, Qi’ra’s past, and the origins of the rebellion.
Published in hardback by Century, Mur Lafferty’s thrilling adaptation of Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story hits shelves on September 6.
Lafferty, the winner of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and host of the award-winning podcast I Should Be Writing, brings to exciting life young Han’s thirst for adventure long before he walked into the cantina at Mos Eisley spaceport in George Lucas’ Star Wars.
The novelisation of Solo: A Star Wars Story follows the daring escapades of the young smuggler including meeting his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters with the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian. Lafferty’s version understandably sticks closely to the film we saw on the screen but adds incredible depth to the storytelling and includes a scene fans will certainly enjoy involving a street scuffle on the streets of Corellia.
Driven by young Han’s dreams of soaring into space at the helm of his own starship, Solo: A Star Wars Story is economical with its action scenes to bring further depth to the characters and back story.
Lafferty told Starwars.com that it was important to get behind the “lop-sided grin” to dig deeper to discover where his mix of reticence and loyalty originated. “That dedication to freedom and a little bit of, honestly, cowardice…he looks out for himself, he really does. And that’s something I try to bring to it.
“But he also has loyalties that I think we’re shown in the movie. I think the whole incident with Qi’ra on Corellia was, you know…if he didn’t make an honest decision never to leave anybody behind, it was a subconscious impact on his psyche that he can’t have that happen again.”
Like the film, the book follows Han as he goes rogue after the Empire clips his wings, plunging into the world of smugglers, gamblers, and con artists. As characters we now know and love enter the picture, so does a certain spaceship better known as the Millennium Falcon.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits shelves on September 6.