New 'Solo' TV Spot Introduces Jon Favreau's Character

There was a new tv spot for Solo: A Star Wars Story today, and although there isn't anything super crazy awesome, we do get some more footage of the mysterious alien filmmaker Jon Favreau is playing.

This most recent tv spot introduces Rio Durant- who may or may not be named after a fairly well known 80's band popular album:

No, we really don't know anything about Rio, but we do know he's got four arms and is a pilot Or, at least takes over the controls once or twice during the film.

New 'Solo' TV Spot Introduces Jon Favreau's Character
New character Rio Durant, as played by Jon Favreau

Favreau of course is no stranger to the Galactic Conflict franchise, having voiced Mandalorian Pre Vizsla in Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.  There was also much debate when Jon was named to be creating and directing one of the several planned upcoming live action Star Wars tv series for Disney's streaming service.

The Solo film has gone through some rough patches, but hopes remain high (kind of) that director Ron Howard (who came in to replace previous directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller after Kathleen Kennedy fired them) will manage to deliver the origin story of one of the most charming space scoundrels.

We can only hope it won't be too derivative, and will be the heist story I know I'm hoping for.

Solo: A Star Wars Story opens on May 25th.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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