WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILER AHEAD
We are all familiar with the increasingly diverse line of the popular Funko Pops toys.
Funko has released officially licensed characters with pretty much every major motion picture over the past five years or so.
In a recent episode of the podcast Steele Wars, a Funko employee listed actress Lupita Nyong’o as being part of the cast for the new Star Wars Han Solo movie.
He spoke of his excitement about the Han Solo prequel due to the likes of “Emilia Clarke, Lupita Nyong’o, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover…”.
Since I am sure Funko would need months in lead time so they can design, mold, build and distribute their toys to coincide with a movie’s launch, it makes sense that they would have character information prior to a movie’s release.
Side note: Did anybody see a resemblance between Maz Kanata and Estelle Getty’s Sophia Petrillo on Golden Girls or was it just me? Will she thank Han “for being a friend”?
While this technically could be viewed as a “spoiler”, it really shouldn’t be surprising either. With our first introduction to Maz’s character in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is made obvious through her dialogue with Han that they have a long history together.
Of course it is always possible that the Funko employee was mistaken about Lupita Nyong’o (IMDB still list her as “rumored” on the Han Solo movie) or that she will be playing a different character altogether. But that is also way movie speculation is so fun!
Maybe we will even Han lose the Millennium Falcon to Lando in a game of Sabacc at Maz’s bar?