Dryden Voss, the iconic villain in Solo: A Star Wars Story, has some pretty radical facial scarring.

Dryden Voss, facing right 3/4, showing prominent blotchy red streaks on his cheek and forehead

I'm wondering if there is any evidence how he got these scars?

In particular is it possible he got the scars in battle, or from exposure to a particular substance or drug.

It also seems he is under the service of a Sith Lord (if not an apprentice himself) and if so, could this have come as part of an initiation into, or training with, the dark arts.

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They are just what his species looks like. Paul Bettany, the actor of Dryden Voss, was asked this on Twitter and the verified Star Wars account has tweeted a video of Paul's response (transcript below).

Hey Ethan, well they're not actually scars. I think they are just his species. I think that the other members of his species will have the same markings that flush red when they get furious.

His "species" is shown as "near-human" in Solo - A Star Wars Story - The Official Guide. So, in essence his actual species is not known, as "near-human" is a classification of a species rather than an actual species.

Solo - A Star Wars Story - The Official Guide, Dryden Voss Data File

  • Which species is that? And do they have any other aspects, like super agility or strength (after watching him fight, I wondered) Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 11:43
  • @vikingsteve I haven't seen the film so don't know about that, would probably deserve a question of it's own. Will check to see what species he is, that seems to be in scope to the question and answer.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 11:45
  • And now there’s a question asking about his species. Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 12:03

The film's Official Guide indicates that the striation on his face is

linked to circulatory system activity and adrenaline levels.

No further specifics are offered.

Headshot of Voss showing the lines on his face; a leader line connects one to a bubble which reads "Striation linked to circulatory system activity and adrenaline levels"

  • I read that page to get the data file image, how did I miss that? +1
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 13:56
  • @TheLethalCarrot - I was debating whether to just prod you :-)
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 13:57

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