This Han Solo Fan Film Is the Next Best Thing While Waiting For the New Star Wars Spinoff

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We heard yesterday that we might have to wait a little longer to see the young Han Solo Star Wars Story movie. While you’re waiting, why not check out this nifty fan film that gives a little taste of just how fun a pre-A New Hope Han Solo film could be?

Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade—directed by Keith Allen and written by Allen, Jared Bell, and Nathan Nauert—follows Han a few years before the events of the original trilogy, as he attempts to swindle cards, blast his way out of his troubles, and make a living as a swarthy smuggler.

It’s short, but it hits all the quintessential Han Solo-y vibes—deals gone awry, cantina room brawls, and yes, beloved wookiee partners-in-space-crime. Jamie Costa as the titular young smuggler isn’t half bad at emulating the swagger and drawl of a young Harrison Ford, either. Considering it’s looking like Lucasfilm’s Han spinoff won’t be out till nearer the end of 2018, you’ve got plenty time to put this on loop and get in the mood.

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

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Saw this a few days ago. It was an admirable effort. I wish the young filmmakers all the success in the future. We shall have to watch their careers with great interest.