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.
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.