Today, during Han Solo reshoots director Ron Howard revealed on Twitter the first look at Thandie Newton in costume as her unnamed Star Wars character.
This is solid confirmation that Newton will be playing a human role in the anthology film, which has us a bit curious if she is playing an established character or someone created for the film.
There is one detail we can gather from this photo and that is Thandie possibly has an Imperial patch on her jacket shoulder which could mean she’s ranking member of the Empire and most likely TIE Fighter pilot. It would explain Ron is trying his best to cover it with his hand.
This wouldn’t be terribly shocking with previous rumblings from ThatHashtagShow that Darth Vader could be making a return.
If the character is indeed an Imperial pilot I’m leaning towards Ciena Ree (pictured in the header image).
Another option could be this character is undercover wearing an Imperial uniform for a mission. If that’s the case, this might mean Thandie is playing fellow smuggler Sana Starros, who has a history with Han. Starros also happens to be one hell of a pilot and we don’t know much about her origin, it’s possible she spent some time in service of the Empire only to leave, not unlike Galen Erso from Rogue One.
Han Solo is still set for release on May 25th, 2018.