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"Let me give you some advice. Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed."
―Tobias Beckett to Han Solo[src]

Tobias Beckett was a human male professional thief who worked for the crime syndicate Crimson Dawn during the era of the Galactic Empire. A native of Glee Anselm, Beckett organized a crew to help with his heist missions. Although he became a mentor to Han Solo, a young mudtrooper who joined Beckett's group, Beckett was a survivor who quietly worked out angles that enabled him to come out ahead. He made use of many blasters, including the RSKF-44 heavy blaster and DG-29 heavy blaster pistol. He also owned a DL-44 heavy blaster pistol before he gave it to Han Solo.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

At some point before 10 BBY, Tobias Beckett met the criminal and bounty hunter Aurra Sing who he pushed to her death. Sing's death was later recalled to Beckett while talking with Lando Calrissian, though Beckett claimed that he just gave Sing a push and that it was the fall that killed her.[2]

Undercover on MimbanEdit

During the Mimban campaign, Beckett was found with his crew, disguised as a Captain of the Imperial Army. At some point during the battle, Beckett asked who was in charge, since their commanding officer had recently perished. Han Solo, a mudtrooper with the 224th Imperial Armored Division, informed Beckett that he was in fact the ranking officer. Beckett then led his men through the battle. While observing a ship, he met the young Han Solo, who wanted to join them as part of their crew. A member of his crew, Rio Durant had doubts in letting Solo join them, but Beckett decided to give the boy an opportunity by leading him to be locked for desertion. Solo was put in a chamber, where he was to be fed to the Wookiee Chewbacca. Solo ultimately was able to escape with Chewbacca, who was initially intended to devour Solo. Beckett left with his crew, stealing the ship they observed earlier but then while in mid-take-off they found Han and Chewbacca running towards them, waving for them to let them onto the ship. Beckett ordered Durant to lower the ship to let Solo and Chewbacca board it.[2]

Heist on the ConveyexEdit

Tobias Beckett was a member of Crimson Dawn, a criminal organization led by Dryden Vos. Beckett was instructed to retrieve a crate of coaxium from a 20-T Railcrawler conveyex transport on the planet Vandor-1; he went on this mission with his lover, Val, and Durant. They were accompanied by Solo and Chewbacca.[2]

Upon arriving at Vandor-1, the crew ate dinner over a camp fire and also had a brief conversation about Han and Chewbacca's motivation for participating in the mission. Han had simply stated that there was someone he left on Corellia 3 years ago and that he will return there for her to free her from her horrible life there. Val stated that everyone needs someone, "even [Beckett]". Beckett begins deconstructing one of his blasters and chucks it to Han. This blaster is later kept by Han throughout the rest of his life as a smuggler and a rebel.[2]

In the morning, Beckett, Val and Han observed the transport carrying the coaxium as well as some patrolling Viper droids, while discussing the plan for the heist. The conveyex was moving towards a bridge over a ravine. The plan was as follows: Val must place explosives on the supports of the bridge. The other members of the crew (save Durrant, the pilot) were to board the conveyex and attach cables from the carriage which contained the coaxium to their ship. Then, as the conveyex neared the bridge, Val was to destroy the bridge while the crew disconnected the coaxium-carriage from the rest of the conveyex, allowing the ship to lift the target carriage away while the rest of the conveyex fell to the bottom of the ravine. Val notes that if the Viper droids were alerted, the heist would become much more difficult and prompting Han to also survey the Viper droids.

After a brief moment, the heist began. Val went further up the track to place thermal detonators, Durrant flew their ship over the transport, and Beckett, Han and Chewbacca leaped aboard the transport. They opened up a hatch and gazed upon the coaxium inside, enough to power a whole star fleet. A fight ensued with some Imperial troopers aboard the transport, but Chewbacca disconnected the troopers' portion of the conveyex, leaving them behind as the rest of the conveyex moved onwards. The crew then connected four cables to the last carriage of the conveyex to their ship in order to lift it once.

The heist would not proceed smoothly from this point, however, as Val spotted the Cloud-Riders, led by Enfys Nest, moving towards the conveyex. One cloud-rider boarded the crew's ship and had a brief firefight with Durant, who was gravely injured, beginning to pilot the ship very poorly. Val was surrounded by a swarm of viper droids. She tells Beckett over the comm how much she loved him, and decided to detonate the explosives, while still near them. Han takes over as pilot for Durrant and tried carrying the shipment with only one cable attached to the carriage. Enfys Nest and her Cloud-Riders had cut off the other three and replaced them with their own. Shortly after, Durrant had perished too.[2]

Chewbacca uncoupled the carriage with the others so that they could lift the shipment off the tracks. Han and the Cloud-Riders had to eventually lift up the shipment, for they were running out of track. Both tried to take the shipment with them but failed as they were both pulling opposite directions. As both Han and the Cloud-Riders neared a mountain, Han detached the shipment of coaxium, fearing a crash. The Cloud-Riders did so as well. The coaxium was lost. After they landed Beckett had made tombstones in remembrance of his fallen comrades.[2]

He reported back to Dryden Vos and was able to avoid execution by promising to retrieve unrefined coaxium from Kessel. Beckett had to make room for Qi'ra on his crew in accordance with his Vos' wishes.[2]

Mission to KesselEdit

Taken to Kessel by Lando Calrissian and L3-37 on the Millennium Falcon, Beckett successfully obtained the necessary amount of coaxium and travelled with his accomplices to Savareen so the unstable material could be refined and they could rendezvous with Dryden Vos. During the mission, Beckett posed as a guard for Qi'ra, directing the fake captives, Han and Chewie, out of the Falcon. He later follows Qi'ra, L3, the Pyke who met them and its guards. While Qi'ra went into another room to discuss with the Pyke, Beckett takes out the guards who stand outside, he after watches Qi'ra fight the Pyke. After a moment of unnerving silence from the room, he opens the door, and is only to be astonished to see a Pyke laying on the floor with Qi'ra walking out of the room telling him that she was taught Teräs Käsi by Dryden Vos. Once they got to the consoles to help Han to get to the vault of coaxium, L3 had freed some slave droids, who also freed the other slaves in the mine. The slaves inevitably rebelled against the guards allowing Beckett and the others to escape aboard the Millennium Falcon.[2]

Refine on Savareen and DeathEdit

Once on the planet, Beckett showed his true colors to Han, Qi'ra, and Chewbacca. Once Han had told Beckett their plan he reports to Vos. Once they meet Vos, Vos surprises the team by announcing that the coaxium is fake – he reveals that his "inside man," and Han assumes that it was Qi'ra but it was indeed, Beckett. He had informed him of Han's plan to sell the real shipment to the Cloud Riders, a rebellion group led by Enfys Nest. Han announces that he anticipated Beckett's deception – the coaxium they are holding is real. He betrayed the three and abandoned Dryden. He attempted to take the coaxium for himself, but he was shot by Han, he praised Han for his actions right before he died.[2]

LegacyEdit

"Heard about a job. Big shot gangster, putting together a crew."
―Tobias Beckett[src]

Even though Beckett betrayed Han and Han killed him, Han, after Beckett's death, recalled to Chewbacca that Beckett said that he heard about a very big gangster putting together a job. In addition, after Beckett's death, Han called everyone younger than him "kid" (just like Beckett used to call Han) from the moment he reunited with Nest until his own death at the hands of his son, Ben Solo, 44 years later in 34 ABY.

Behind the scenesEdit

"I play a guy named Beckett, who's kind of a criminal and a mentor to Han."
―Woody Harrelson, on Tobias Beckett[src]

Tobias Beckett appears in Solo: A Star Wars Story and is portrayed by Woody Harrelson. Early fan speculation believed that Harrelson would be playing Garris Shrike—Han Solo's mentor in the Star Wars Legends continuity who first appeared in A. C. Crispin's The Han Solo Trilogy book series—but this theory was proven incorrect when Harrelson revealed Beckett's name on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[5]

According to screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan, Beckett is based on Long John Silver, the main antagonist of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel Treasure Island.[6]

Throughout the production of Solo, Beckett's first name was Mattias; The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story only refers to him as "Mattias Beckett".[7]

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