Meet Rio Durant – Jon Favreau’s Alien Character from Solo: A Star Wars Story

A new image posted on Twitter reveals the upcoming full line of Funko figures for Solo: A Star Wars Story. The line consists of 11 figures listed with their names. The photo is the first revelation of the name of the alien character that Jon Favreau will be playing in the movie. Read on for the details.


A few weeks ago Solo director Ron Howard revealed that Disney’s “golden boy” and Star Wars fan Jon Favreau will be voicing a character in his movie. Later the Iron Man and Jungle Book director took to twitter revealing that he will be voicing the alien pilot who we briefly see in the Solo teaser trailer (see title image).


Now Twitter user @MayTheFunkoBWY found a photo taken from the Funko box of the droid character L3-37, which also shows the full line for the upcoming Solo movie. While we already know the names of the rest of the characters, this is the first time when we see Favreau’s character name – Rio Durant!





The photo also confirms the name of the movie’s villain Enfys Nest which we discussed before here.


It’s also funny that the Mimban Stormtrooper here is called “Mudtrooper”. As you probably remember Hasbro revealed during Toy Fair New York a curious set of figures featuring Han and Chewie all covered in mud. And we’ve also seen the mud covered troopers from Mimban from one of the LEGO sets, making us to conclude that the “muddy” planet is indeed Mimban.


Hasbro’s Han and Chewbacca – Mimban


We’ve also glimpsed Mimban from one of the Solo photos revealed by EW:



And in case you are wondering about this planet, here’s Wookieepedia’s entry on it:

Mimban was a swamp planet located in the galaxy’s Expansion Region, in grid square O-12 on the Standard Galactic Grid, that was connected to Attahox and Gyndine by a hyperspace route. Its atmosphere’s thunderstorms made the planet’s sky perpetually overcast, while its marshlands were always draped in mist. During the Clone Wars, the Mud-Jumpers of the Grand Army of the Republic’s 224th fought on Mimban in the year 22 BBY. During the reign of the Galactic Empire, Imperial mudtroopers served on the planet.



From everything we’ve seen so far, it seems that Solo: A Star Wars Story will take us on a journey to a lot of new places – Corellia, Kessel, Mimban, and we are still not sure if the desert and snow planets where we see Enfys Nest are completely different planets altogether. We will have our answers in just 79 days.



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17 thoughts on “Meet Rio Durant – Jon Favreau’s Alien Character from Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • March 7, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Rio Durant…80’s band reference? I’m interested….

    • March 7, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      The answer will be if Rio dances on the sand…

  • March 7, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    You mean Jon Favreau?

  • March 7, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    His name is an anagram for “Iron A Turd”.

    Sounds about right. 😉

  • March 7, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Yes, Rio is the best Duran Duran album

  • March 8, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Just random aliens. It’s like watching the muppets or fraggle rock.

  • March 8, 2018 at 4:54 am

    This Rio Durant role looks perfect for a space monkey. Was Bistan not available?

  • March 8, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Ah yes, the distant cousin of Kevin Durant. Can we get a Star Wars equivalent of the NBA, please?

  • March 8, 2018 at 7:41 am

    More one hit wonder aliens. It would be cool to show some familiar ones like greedo or bossk. Mud troopers look cool

    • March 8, 2018 at 10:40 am

      I do think it’s good to have a lot of new species in keeping with a literal galaxy, but agree that it’d be better to have all kinds of new and old species show up continuously throughout the films, instead of being “one-hit wonders”. And for sure I’d like to see some more of already-known species. Still, how often did the original movies, or even the prequels, actually use previously shown species vs new ones?

      The new films (and maybe the old do the same) do kinda make it seem like the galaxy is mostly humans, with some alien species that mostly congregate in bars and clubs.

      • March 8, 2018 at 4:05 pm

        Yes. Good point the old trilogy did show a lot of new ones but they did show some of the same like rodians duros and some others I can’t remember. If they do have all these new guys I hope they actually get some screen time and not just background. I would love to see a young bossk or greedo run into solo and Chewbacca and have a little bounty hunter chat.

    • March 8, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Probably a “one minute” ( of screentime ) wonder too, like Bistan the Space Monkey, and that Big-Mouth guy from Rogue One.

      • March 8, 2018 at 3:59 pm

        Ya they try to put all this hype behind the alien and then we barely get to see it. Seems like benthis two tubes is the only one that had real screen time and he’s in the comics and rebels. The rogue one aliens died in like the same scene they were shown lol I hope these actually get to do something

    • March 9, 2018 at 1:28 am

      yes absolutely agree. but i ve seen twi leks in the teaser of Solo

  • March 8, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Great to see Mimban on-screen. What I wouldn’t give to see a “What If?” live action ( or even animated ) movie version of “SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE” – that is such a brilliant title.

  • March 8, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Sounds like Mimban might be the answer to how the Falcon gets from Lando-clean to Ep. IV grimy in a relatively short amount of time.

  • March 9, 2018 at 1:30 am

    this alien could be a Gundark, no ? they ve got 4 or 6 arms ? Can’t remeber.

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