Lucasfilm Confirms Name Of New TIE Fighter In ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Solo Star WarsLucasfilm’s latest update to the Star Wars databank has confirmed the names of new vehicles along with details for new characters appearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story. The most notable being the new TIE Fighter seen in the trailers.

Since Disney’s acquisition of the franchise, Lucasfilm has introduced new TIE Fighter variants into both the films and television series such as the TIE Stryker in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars Rebels which brought the TIE/D Defender back into canon. The new Han Solo is following this trend as the spin-off is set to introduce a brand new TIE for the Imperial Empire.

The fighter seen in the trailers for the film has now been confirmed to be named the Heavy TIE Fighter. The new databank entry reveals it as a reveals it a more heavily armored starfighter:

Compensating for the relative fragility of the unshielded TIE starfighter is the armored TIE/rb, a reinforced heavy starfighter with much more powerful laser cannons.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo along with Joonas Suotomo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. The cast also includes Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, and Ian Kenny. Here’s the official synopsis:

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018.

Source: Lucasfilm

5 Things To Look Forward To In ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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Solo A Star Wars StorySolo: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters later this year and will certainly be a departure for the franchise. Similar to Rogue One: A Star Wars StorySolo is going to be a prequel on the adventures of the smuggler originally played by Harrison Ford. Han Solo is one of the most memorable and iconic characters in the franchise whose origins we have yet to see fleshed out beyond knowing he is a smuggler. There’s a lot of fascinating potential here.

This is a film that seemingly isn’t that important for the franchise, but it easily could be. It could do a lot of things for the Star Wars canon and there is a lot to look forward to in this one. While it’s not inherently the most anticipated film in the franchise there are still a lot of things that will be exciting to see unfold on the big screen.

Here are 5 things to look forward to in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Click Next to continue.

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Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV Reporter and the News Editor at Heroic Hollywood.