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Thursday, May 10, 2018

New 'Solo' Clip Debunks Major Enfys Nest Theory

Alden Ehrenreich appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night and brought with him a clip of his sandy standoff with Enfys Nest, a scene that's been teased in a lot of the trailers and TV spots. Han threatens to summon "30 hired guns" from the Falcon to surround Nest and her Cloud-Riders, but the ship's pilot – probably Lando – takes off instead. 
But the most interesting part of this clip is a smaller detail: for the first time, Qi'ra and Nest are visible in the same frame, meaning we can forget that theory about them being the same person. Yes, it's possible Qi'ra's using a body double to fool them – that's exactly what Padmé did in The Phantom Menace – but when you add this to Star Wars News Net's prior debunking, it seems like this theory is dead. 

However, Nest's identity is still very much a mystery. Her voice is clearly being modified by her helmet, and the way Lucasfilm has avoided describing her gender suggests that her femininity is a major plot point. A short clip from a Thandie Newton interview yesterday had Val seemingly describing Nest with male pronouns, confirming that the characters think she's a man (and that Val isn't Nest, either). 
And we can't rule out Qi'ra being a villain either. All the promotion for the movie has described her as smart, dangerous, secretive, and just complicated overall. One of the clips from yesterday even confirmed that she's working for Dryden Vos, who's being promoted as the movie's primary villain.

As someone who's been (semi-ironically) pushing this theory on Twitter for over a month now, this is a bit of a letdown. But hey, Fallon also has a new clip of droid rights icon L3-37 telling Han to move his "presumptuous ass" and mocking Lando for flirting with him, so maybe things aren't so bad after all. 

UPDATE: Star Wars on YouTube released an official HD version of the Enfys Nest clip with an extended portion at the beginning. There's no new dialogue but the soundtrack sounds inspired by Middle-Eastern music and it's phenomenal. 

Who do you think is Enfys Nest? L3 is gonna steal this whole movie, right? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @sithobserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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