'Solo': Newest 'Star Wars Story' Will Actually Be One of the Oldest

Fans wondering just where Solo: A Star Wars Story falls in the wider timeline of the Star Wars saga can relax. A newly updated timeline of the franchise from one of Lucasfilm’s partners answers the question, and in the process, offers some hints about the mysterious upcoming movie.

Del Rey has a timeline of its many Star Wars titles that puts them all into chronological order, and the new edition places Solo before both the animated Star Wars Rebels series and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, making it the first onscreen project to take place after the rise of the Empire in 2005’s Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith chronologically.

More specifically, Solo apparently takes place between the novels Star Wars: Tarkin and Star Wars: A New Dawn, which have particular points on the official timeline of the Star Wars chronology already: Tarkin is set 14 years before the original 1977 movie, and A New Dawn 11 years. So, Solo has a three-year window of opportunity, at which point Luke Skywalker was around 8 years old…

Solo is accompanied on the timeline by the Del Rey tie-in novel Star Wars: Last Shot, the synopsis of which would appear to clarify just who’s in charge of the iconic Millennium Falcon at the start of the movie; taking place before Solo, the synopsis describes “the crew of the Falcon” as “Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career.”

The synopsis also refers to Han and Chewbacca as the Falcon’s crew, but it’s already known that the movie will show the first meeting between the two, and that Last Shot will feature elements from different points of the Star Wars timeline; it’s safe to say that Han and Chewie will grab the ship at some point after they’ve met, but now the question seems worth repeating: Is Solo going to show Han taking the Falcon as his own…?

Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to be released May 25.