EW on the Sleek and Clean Looking Millennium Falcon in Solo: A Star Wars Story

One of the most noticeable aspects of the marketing for Solo: A Star Wars Story has been the differences between the iconic Millennium Falcon we’ve all grown to know and love throughout the years, and the version that appears in the upcoming film.

The Falcon of Solo is cleaner, more colorful, and even has a different shape. But fear not, this is not an uncharacteristic lapse in continuity. These are changes made by design to reflect the era in which this movie takes place. EW has more details in a piece today on this new, older Falcon.


From EW:

What we’re seeing in director Ron Howard’s movie with the blue and white design and glossy interior is how the ship existed in the hands of Lando Calrissian before he lost it to Han Solo in a game of sabacc.


So what are some of the changes we will see exactly? And why is it that they exist in this manner only a few years before we see that “piece of junk” in the hangar bay in Mos Eisley?

“Where Han gave it a certain shabby coolness and a dinged up quality that reflected where he was at that point in his life, this Falcon reflects its owner very clearly in its shape and aesthetic and his needs, even if those needs be a little more space to entertain,” says Jon Kasdan (writer-director of The First Time) who wrote the Solo screenplay with his father, Lawrence Kasdan (veteran co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens.)



This all seems like sound reasoning from an aesthetic standpoint. The Lando we know from the Original Trilogy doesn’t seem like the type to have dirty brown interiors and exposed mechanisms around every corner. The party yacht feel makes a lot more sense for that character.


How about the loss of that iconic shape? On this the filmmakers are a bit more mum. It seems this may be a bit of a surprise being held for the film, but their answers definitely lead towards a few possibilities.

Those mandibles were alw

ays meant to hold something, and it’s clear there’s a section of the new Hasbro toy that can be removed, perhaps a detachable storage container. We’ll see what becomes of that as the May 25 film unfolds.

Any fan who has ever owned a Star Wars toy knows this simple fact: pieces get lost. The Falcon we’ve known all this time is far from mint in the box.



So chances are we’ll be seeing some sort of shuttle or cargo container falling out of the falcon to give it that iconic pac-man like shape. What if at the end of the movie Han gets a contract from Jabba? We all know that the smuggler ditched the cargo he was supposed to carry after being chased by the Empire. It could be a cool end of the movie explaining this moment that we all heard about. That is of course if Solo finishes close to the events of A New Hope. Only time will tell how exactly that plays out.


Head over to EW for the full piece, with more comments on the evolution of the falcon from the filmmakers.



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23 thoughts on “EW on the Sleek and Clean Looking Millennium Falcon in Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • February 14, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    If Han is smuggling “spice” (which I’m not sure if they would really allow you to show in a film or not) it could be that while their doing the Kessel Run the spice comes loose and makes a mess in there making everything dirtier. I’m digging a bit here, but it could be possible.

  • February 14, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    The inside is definitely way dirtier looking in the OT than just a “Lando kept it cleaner” explanation could really do justice. I mean, the walls go from VERY white to an obvious beige, and that’s aside from the actual dinginess. Even if Han is an absolute slob, I don’t think it would sufficiently explain the stark difference in not just cleanliness but the interior colors. There has to be more to it, I think.

  • February 14, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    This has lot of sense. And from the last toy we can see clearly that the ship will lose a lot of parts. And Kessel is a mine planet, enough to make the interior so dirty.

  • February 14, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    With Kathleen handing out Trilogies like candy, how about a Trilogy for LAWRENCE KASDAN AND SON ???? They obviously know how to produce GREAT SW films, far better than Rian Johnson.

    • February 15, 2018 at 12:35 am

      They are writers. Not directors. And again you presume to know everything about these movies before they even see the light of day. Amazing.

      • February 15, 2018 at 6:16 pm

        Lawrence Kasdan is not a director? 🙂

        • February 15, 2018 at 11:48 pm

          Which SW film has he directed?

          • February 16, 2018 at 2:42 am

            You´re so funny 🙂

    • February 15, 2018 at 3:39 am


    • February 15, 2018 at 5:07 am

      Uh. Kasdan said he was doing Solo and he was done.

      That’s one reason he’s not getting a trilogy. Plus, you know, he’s a writer. Not a Director.

      And STFU about Rian Johnson. We know you don’t like him. Your continual b1tch (that’s for you roving Mod sort of doing your job) fest about him is beyond pointless.

      Want to make a statement? Ignore Star Wars. Stop spending money on it. Disney will listen. Whining about it here does nothing.

      • February 15, 2018 at 9:10 am

        Kasdan is in fact a writer, director and producer.

        Helps when you actually know wtf you’re talking about and don’t post in here just to show how angry you are at people who think differently than you.

        The Big Chill, Wyatt Earp and Dreamcatch come to mind. All films he directed.

        • February 16, 2018 at 5:22 am

          He’s not Directing in Star Wars, I’m well aware of his credits in other films. He’s already been on the record saying he didn’t want to direct a film and he was done after Solo with writing.

          Maybe you should keep your excitement for trying to contradict me in a post in check before blowing your load early.

          I’m not angry at people for having different opinions. I’m angry at people for repeating the same opinion over and over and over again without contributing anything constructive in discussion. They’re useless trolls.

          I’m honored you had a chubby for waiting to call me out though. Sorry it didn’t work out. A lot of guys have problems with premature ejaculatory attack posts.

          You are not alone.

      • February 15, 2018 at 6:15 pm

        Kasdan is not a director? Since when? Guess you´re not that smart you pretend to be…. 🙂

        • February 16, 2018 at 5:18 am

          Not in Star Wars, Tuareg.

          But I’m glad you hear all my posts where I point out how useless you are here.

  • February 15, 2018 at 1:30 am

    I could imagine the Falcon becoming completely submerged in water (or ?) and coming out looking pretty bad after that. But honestly, any simple single-event explanation seems too tidy in a prequel-esque way that is less interesting than it just getting worn down over many years of adventures.

  • February 15, 2018 at 4:36 am

    I don’t know why this is so fucking controversial. Does anything you own look the same 10 years after you bought it? I guess this is the perpetually angry about evrything society we live in now. Where even logic and common sense pisses people off.

    • February 15, 2018 at 6:13 pm

      A car. A plane….yes. 🙂

  • February 15, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Since Solo takes place years earlier before ANH, this definitely makes sense which should be of no surprise to anyone; the falcon was a fresh coat of paint before Han modified it into the ‘piece of junk’ as we know it, today.

  • February 15, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Opinion: I like the slick look of the new Falcon.

    Sacrilegious Statement: I really dig the new paint job and the lack of the forward mandibles, docking claws, whatever they are.

    It’s the film no one asked for. I brow beat people to STFU when they whined about it before we saw anything because. Yeah. We haven’t seen anything. Why anticipate it was horrible?

    The same people screaming about Rian Johnson and VIII now were the EXACT same people singing his praises and throwing pre-orgasmic jubilation orgies for VIII before we even had a trailer. Because Ruin Johnson was a genius before he wasn’t a genius.

    But after Disney fired the original Directors and hired..Sigh..Ron Howard, even I became much more pragmatic in my own predictions on the quality of the film.

    One of my main concerns was the Falcon. We’ve already seen it in VII. It’s a character unto itself, and when we saw her in the first VII teaser we all almost cried. You know you did. And she was a joy to have around in VII and VIII as well.

    But can you get excited to see the exact same ship again in another movie in a different era? Eh. I couldn’t.

    That’s why I took to everything they’ve done with her. It’s a new Falcon, that is now literally given some character development. Is it TOO new? Maybe. I’ll still argue that a smuggler and a Wookiee living and working in it for 10 years is going to see it beat to hell given what we know of Han Solo. As I’ve said before. He’s not a neat freak.

    I dunno. My guess is the whiner/hater crowd will end up saying they liked the film as much as they did Rogue One, and point to it as an example of Ruin Johnson should have done. Kind of like what they did with Rogue One in relation to VII.

    Because that particular minority of this community is that predictable.

    The misogynists must be rejoicing that the lead is a woman that they can accuse of being a one dimensional Mary Sue shoe horned into the film to foment Disney’s SJW plot to shrink their penises through the watching of new Star Wars movies, though.

    • February 23, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      “Is it TOO new? Maybe. I’ll still argue that a smuggler and a Wookiee living and working in it for 10 years is going to see it beat to hell given what we know of Han Solo.”

      Had I been in charge of this film, I probably wouldn’t not have chosen to have the Falcon so squeaky-clean. That said, I’ve seen friends run both cars and houses into the ground in less time than supposedly elapses between Solo and ANH. Who the heck knows where this thing has been and what it’s been through…

  • February 15, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    I always wondered where they hid the junk in the falcon, there’s clearly never been enough room. So this is like the false bottom in a trunk. I get it.

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