UPDATE! New Details and Photos from the Star Wars: Han Solo Shoot at Fawley Power Station!

Fan art by Pandazoic


As you already know the untitled Han Solo spin-off film is currently filming at the Fawley Power Station in the UK. A few days ago we got some photos from the set courtesy of TMZ, and yesterday one of our readers that lives nearby sent us several new photos as well as some curious rumors heard around the set. Proceed for the details…






May 21, 2017


First a quick recap on the Han Solo filming so far:



On January 30th, Han Solo officially began principle photography (here). They most likely first started filming at Pinewood Studios in the UK.

The next filming location that we know about is the filming currently taking place at Fawley Power Station in the UK.

By the end of May filming will proceed to the Spanish island of Fuerteventura (here). We’ve already seen a desert set being build there (here).

After that filming is expected to move to Italy for 3 weeks at Three Peeks (here).



Now that we’ve established some sort of filming timeline, let’s go back to the filming currently taking place at the Fawley Power Station in Southampton (UK).

A few days ago we shared with you that this location is officially confirmed to be part of the Han Solo shoot (here), and just a few days later TMZ shared exclusive photos from the set (here).


Now one of our readers that lives close to the filming location sent us a few photos taken from outside the fence of the set. You can see them all at the end of the article. Here are two intriguing shots:



From the two photos above, we can suggest that this is a desert like planet host to an imperial base of some sort. We see sand (don’t tell teenage Anakin), some pole-based structures similar to the iconic Star Wars moisture vaporators, and that building/structure in the second photo certainly looks like something built by the Empire.

In addition to these photos our reader shared several interesting bits he heard around the set.


    • They’ve been on site for a while now
    • Rumor has it they might finish filming by early next week (probably by the end of this weekend)
    • They are shooting internal and external scenes
    • You could see clouds of what looked like dry ice floating out of a hanger door, and what sounded like squealing tires from inside
    • Some locals have seen stormtroopers walking around
    • Others said they saw Emilia Clarke on site yesterday


Many of you probably noticed that one of the vehicles on set, (revealed by TMZ), is emblazoned with a white Imperial Crest:



To summarize, we have imperial looking structures, vehicles with the Empire’s Imperial Crest on them, and rumored stormtroopers spotted on set. We can safely conclude that this location is an imperial compound or something of that nature.

It’s interesting that in the non Star Wars canon (now known as Legends) Han Solo has some backstory with the empire (via Wookieepedia):


Solo entered the Imperial Academy at Carida, serving with distinction. He was kicked out, however, when he stopped an Imperial officer from beating a Wookiee named Chewbacca with a neuronic whip for resisting capture. In gratitude, the Wookiee swore a life debt to Solo, protecting him with his life and a bond of friendship formed between the two that was unbreakable.


Again, this is not canon. However, we know that Lucasfilm is not afraid to lightly borrow from Legends stories, and sometimes even completely revive ideas (Thrawn). It would be interesting to see if they try to pull something similar in this movie, in regards to Han’s now Legends back story.


Also we should remember that Lucafilm President Kathleen Kennedy described the Han Solo film as a “Heist Western”. So another possibility is that Solo is at this imperial compound to steal something or free someone. From what we’ve seen in the TMZ photos, it seems that Alden Ehrenreich’s Han is going through some rough times at this location. You can clearly see he has facial cuts and bruises, which makes sense since we all know Han “prefer a straight fight.”



With the photos we’ve seen so far and the info about some tire squealing sounds, we can speculate that Han Solo is in for some intensive action.

We’ve also seen Alden behind the wheel of one of the vehicles spotted on set:



Now is a good time to mention that Han Solo’s costume as seen in the TMZ photos, which is a black shirt with a white vest (seemingly a direct contrast to his outfit from A New Hope). Many people were confused that he was wearing a black coat, but this is just the robe that all cast members use to conceal the real costume (as seen in the photo above).


And here are the rest of the photos sent by our reader:



Make sure to share your opinions on this filming location in the comments below.


Special thanks to Neil Stevens for the photos and the info.







May 22, 2017


We’ve got another interesting rumor from the set.

According to our friend there was a mock-up of a large space ship built in one of the hangers. He couldn’t say if the ship was the Millennium Falcon or another.

Many months ago we heard a rumor from one of our sources that Solo will have a different ship at the beginning of the stand-alone movie. Of course this is not surprising at all and makes sense, especially since we know that Han won the Falcon from Lando in a card game. Also, weeks ago, Borys Kit from THR said that he heard the movie will tell the story how exactly Han got the Falcon from his friend:





We can only wonder if this ship built on the set is Han’s new ride, the Falcon, or a completely different ship. One thing is sure – if they really built a real model on set, then it’s definitely a ship important for the film’s plot. We just have to wait and see. Again, these are just rumors at this point, so take them with a grain of salt as always.



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48 thoughts on “UPDATE! New Details and Photos from the Star Wars: Han Solo Shoot at Fawley Power Station!

    • May 21, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      What about the Banthas though?

    • May 22, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Love that song!

  • May 21, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    That speeder he’s driving vaguely looks like the Adam West Batmobile given the vintage Star Wars junkmobile spin.

  • May 21, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Jesus, please don’t tell me that he’s going to be wearing the same damned vest and pants. I mean, you tellin’ me that a smuggler couldn’t get a new set of threads every now and then?

    • May 22, 2017 at 12:24 am

      Well, apparently he had a new jacket in TFA- although his wife couldn’t tell it apart from the jacket he was wearing years before. Movies seems to like us to recognise familiar characters by their clothes I guess- I mean, there is no reason Han & Luke had to change out of Stormtrooper gear to escape the Death Star, or how Cassian & Jyn had to wear their own clothes under their disguises and then change back into them before transmitting the Death Star plans.

      And how the heck does the Terminator always end up with biker gear when he goes back in time? I have a feeling he’d end up in biker leathers if he went back to the Han Dynasty.

    • May 22, 2017 at 6:57 am

      ‘fan image. Unrelated to the movie’. Says it right on the image you are complaining about. Which is right above an image of Alden on set, wearing something we’ve never seen Han wear before.

      • May 22, 2017 at 3:13 pm

        They shouldn’t have posted that image, frankly.

  • May 22, 2017 at 12:03 am

    I really am unsure if I will actually buy that this guy is going to turn into Harrison Ford in 10 years time.

    • May 22, 2017 at 12:11 am

      In 10 years it wouldn’t matter, unless he’s still playing Han Solo then.

      • May 23, 2017 at 12:03 am

        I think he means the 10 in-universe years between this film and A New Hope.

        • May 23, 2017 at 4:11 am

          Ah righty. I didn’t realise we knew where it fits in the timeline already, nice.

  • May 22, 2017 at 12:04 am

    The people freaking out that Ehrenreich hasn’t suddenly become a Harrison Ford clone should take a chill pill. At least he can act. That kid who does YouTube impressions wouldn’t be able to do better.

    • May 22, 2017 at 12:09 am

      Yeah that guy looked the part, and sounded like Ford, but I doubt he could act. It looked a bit forced in the video I saw and he licked his lips after every line. That said, you can learn to act, you can’t learn to look like Harrison Ford. Still, we got our Han Solo now so no point mulling over it I guess.

      • May 22, 2017 at 12:27 am

        I dunno guys, I’m worried. Both my wife & daughter said he looks absolutely nothing like Han Solo… I guess we’ll see though. I dig the set designs though.

        • May 22, 2017 at 1:40 am

          Yeah, and he was terrible /jk (that’s just what I heard)

          • May 22, 2017 at 3:07 am

            Didn’t look terrible to me I saw it

          • May 22, 2017 at 3:08 pm

            Ford is not Han. Han is entirely different.

    • May 22, 2017 at 3:06 am

      But you forget Anthony was already in a movie where he played the young Harrison Ford. Age of Adaline

      • May 22, 2017 at 3:40 am

        And all he did was a Ford impression. There’s more to a starring performance than just imitating what’s come before. If Donald Glover played Lando as just a Billy Dee impression, I’d be disappointed.

        • May 22, 2017 at 3:08 pm

          Yeah, he does a good Ford, but that doesn’t mean he does a good Solo.

    • May 22, 2017 at 5:15 am

      Especially since the “kid who does YouTube impressions” is absolutely terrible. He looks and sounds nothing like Han/Harrison Ford. I’m optimistic. We’ll see. I’m still going to see it opening night!

    • May 22, 2017 at 5:31 am

      I dont think actors should have to look exactly like the older actor they are portraying (obviously there should be some resemblance to recognise the character). What is really important is that they can act and they can impersonate how the original actor played the role (not copy they performance but capture the speech pattern + mannerisms associated with the character).

      The Hobbit is a great example, I would say Martin Freeman look nothing like Ian Holmes. But he did a fantastic job, and Im glad his chance at the role was restricted based on his looks.

  • May 22, 2017 at 2:07 am

    I’m trying to figure out who a main villain could be? I knew they might borrow from his imperial academy days

  • May 22, 2017 at 3:39 am

    darn it. i thought that header photo was a leaked production still. alas, it’s from a fan film.

  • May 22, 2017 at 3:59 am

    I hope this story is fake

  • May 22, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Hail, Caesar! left me thoroughly convinced that Ehrenreich’s going to be great in this.

  • May 22, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Fat Solo! Doesn’t even resemble him much from the back. I think at the end of the film he should be in the vest but it’s sort of silly seeing him in the same exact clothes he wears a decade later in ANH. He ain’t rich but he’s not exactly starving either and can afford better clothes. The Corellian Bloodstriped pants I understand since he got those while serving in the Empire (plus he had another pair of them in Empire) but I would like to see some more variety in his wardrobe.

    I really liked the duster thing he had on in the TFA pre-production art that I wish they had gone with. Maybe something similar to that that’s Solo-esque but not quite what we saw in the OT. R1 is really a good example of what to do far as costume designs go that are true to the universe but just different enough.

    • May 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

      …. its a fan picture. It clearly says that right on the picture

      • May 22, 2017 at 3:34 pm

        Pay no mind to this one. All he does is cry about how sh***y Star Wars is.

        • May 22, 2017 at 10:38 pm

          On multiple forums no less.

        • May 22, 2017 at 11:19 pm

          Since Disne$ bought SW, it has become nothing more then a pile of shit, and I used to love SW!…:(

          • May 23, 2017 at 2:46 pm

            Why are you here, again?

    • May 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Can you read?

      • May 23, 2017 at 2:46 pm

        It’s not reading that is the problem. It is comprehension.

  • May 22, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I hope that in 20 or 30 years when Time travel is perfected, that someone goes back in time and convinces Kathleen Kennedy to ignore George Lucas’ idea of a Han Solo movie and we go on not ever knowing about its existence.

    • May 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      I hope that 20 seconds from now you learn to wait to see something before judging whether it should exist or not.

      • May 23, 2017 at 8:04 pm

        But they have seen it. Using time travel of course.

    • May 22, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      What if someone who traveled from the future talked to Kathy and George about a Han Solo movie? *mindblown*

    • May 22, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      I hope someone convinces George to make the ST he wanted and have them come out earlier than their current release schedule. Then we can have Mark, Carrie and Harrison still be somewhat young.

    • May 23, 2017 at 4:06 am

      I just hope that as you say in 20 or 30 years time travel will be perfected. Then I’ll use it to travel 40 years back in time and sell the technology. Might even sell it to George Lucas so he could use it to constantly go back in time and make changes to movies he’d finished years before.

  • May 22, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    only time will tell with this film…it doesn’t seem like many have high expectations, so maybe we will be pleasantly surprised. Though, I haven’t seen any information yet that has me excited…fingers crossed!

    • May 23, 2017 at 3:37 am

      The spoilers on here about TLJ have me much more optimistic about this film, Especially since the non-Abrams produced SW films haven’t sucked so far.

  • May 22, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Now we know where Nelson’s dad ended up.

  • May 22, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I love this filming location…just look at that round control structure, and the cladding on the larger building behind it. I can’t wait to see how they detail it. Like the Canary Wharf tube station from R1. Better than a set. Better than a blue screen background. Better than a matte painting (I’m talking to you Han/Lando goodbye scene from Ep6!!!).

  • May 22, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Weird vehicles. Are we going to see a galactic demolition derby?

  • May 23, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Kinda worried that it will be all about Emilia Clarke’s character. I like her as a Bria Tharen type who tries to get him hooked into the Rebellion only to stab him and Lando in the back causing their rift and him to be indifferent to the cause like he was in ANH.

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