Turns out Han Solo doesn't just understand the Wookiee language, Shyriiwook, he can speak (er, growl) it, too. Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) has a great meet-cute with the young Han Solo when our scrappy, thieving hero gets tossed into a pit by a pair of Imperial agents, to be fed to "the beast." It's shades of the Rancor under Jabba's Palace from Return of the Jedi, but the instant we see the quality of the monster's fur, we know these two are going to become best buds for life.
And to the main event: Han gets separated from the love of his life, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) and it takes years for them to get back together. By the time this happens, he's literally been through a war and now under the wing of contract thief Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), and Qi'ra is the kept woman of a nasty kingpin called Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). There's a lot of money in it for our gang if they can deliver two suitcases of MacGuffin Sauce in under X amount of hours. They can do it! But first they need a ship.