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The First Clip From Solo: A Star Wars Story Shows Chewbacca Officially Becoming Han's Co-Pilot

Han Solo and Chewbacca, sitting exactly where they always should be.
Image: Solo: A Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm)

Sure, presumably at this point in the movie Han and Chewie have been good friends for a while. But are they really “Han and Chewie,” the legendary intergalactic duo, until they’re sitting together at the helm of the Millennium Falcon? This first clip from Solo: A Star Wars Story shows us exactly when the magic moment occurred.


The new clip is pretty much an extension of a small moment from the last trailer, where Han discovers just how old his fuzzy compatriot actually is. But it’s important beyond that simply because it seemingly shows the first time Chewie and Han team up to pilot the Falcon—as Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) relinquishes the co-pilot seat in deference to the Wookiee’s age and experience.

Also, lovely touch to include the leitmotif from “The Asteroid Field” on The Empire Strikes Back’s soundtrack in this scene, too. Fitting, given all the asteroids Han is having to weave the Falcon through! And, a fun note from new Solo composer John Powell: the music in this clip also includes the debut of Chewie’s theme for the movie, the first time the character has ever gotten his own musical motif. Hell, it’s about time!


This may be the first full clip from the film, but it won’t be long until we get to see much more of it: after all, Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters in just a few weeks, on May 25.

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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Chewie is cool. We should all be so lucky to have a friend like him.

And by that I mean a walking carpet that can rip arms off people and fly spaceships.