Harrison Ford revealed that he's seen the movie and thinks it's "phenomenal", but skipped out on the premiere with the rest of the cast because he didn't want to steal Alden Ehrenreich's moment of glory.
The Golden Fertility Idol from the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) is on a table in Dryden Vos's meeting room. Harrison Ford, who originally played Han Solo, also played Indiana Jones. Director Ron Howard confirmed this Easter egg on Twitter.
Underwater explosions shot at 120,000 frames per second were used as inspiration for the coaxium explosion on Vandor.
Tobias Beckett wears the guard disguise seen in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), when Princess Leia wore it in an attempt to save Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt. The disguise is likely stored on the Millennium Falcon.
Ron Howard said that one of the best experiences on this movie was directing Chewbacca, and getting a hug from him.
This is the first Star Wars film (in official canon) that mentions neither the Jedi order nor Jedi Knights.
During an interview on IMDb Me (2018), director Ron Howard explained that he always tries to give his wife, Cheryl Howard, a cameo in his films since she is his "good luck charm". She shot a scene for this movie, but it was deleted from the final cut. One day, Howard shared his regret over being unable to include his wife in the film with special effects technicians at Industrial Light & Magic. They shot her against a green screen and digitally inserted her into another scene.
When Luke and Obi-wan meet Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Han boasts about the Millennium Falcon's speed by claiming that the ship "made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs". People quickly pointed out that a parsec is a measure of distance, not time. One parsec is about 3.26 light years, or just over 19 trillion miles. Star Wars printed materials explained that the Kessel Run is a route of fixed distance, but Han found a shortcut that limited his flight to about 12-1/2 parsecs. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) also references the Kessel Run. In this movie, the Kessel Run is normally 20 parsecs long, and runs along a series of corridors through a nebula. Han traversed the nebula itself, risking debris, very large creatures, and a phenomenon called "the Maw", making it to the other end in just under 13 parsecs, which he rounded down to 12. Lando says it's impossible to make the run in less than 20 parsecs, so it's still quite a feat.
Joonas Suotamo wrote a heartfelt letter to Peter Mayhew saying that he was doing his role not just for Star Wars fans, but for Mayhew himself.
Dryden Vos' facial stripes were added in post-production. According to Paul Bettany, he didn't know about it until he saw a photo Ron Howard sent to him.
L3-37 was achieved through a combination of practical and computer effects. Phoebe Waller-Bridge wore a costume that consisted of the droid's head, chest, legs, and arms, with a green skintight suit underneath. The green suit was digitally removed in post-production and replaced with mechanical parts, such as cables and wires.
Dryden Vos' original concept art portrayed him as a dinosaur, bird-like figure. With the development of a love triangle between him, Han, and Qi'ra, his design became more humanoid, majestic, and handsome in order to evoke more jealousy from Han.
Han Solo was originally going to appear during the Battle of Kashyyyk in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), in which an orphaned ten-year-old Han, who is being raised by Chewbacca, helps Obi-wan Kenobi to locate and find General Grievous by finding part of a transmitter droid that was sending signals from Utapau.
Alden Ehrenreich brought his copy of the Millennium Falcon Owner's Workshop Manual to set to talk about button sequences for a take off scene on the Falcon.
When Beckett, Rio, Val, Han, and Chewbacca talk around a bonfire the night before the train heist, Beckett disassembles a rifle, turning it into a blaster that he gives to Han. It's Solo's famous DL-44 blaster, which also appears in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
Alden Ehrenreich was the first actor to audition for directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The directors said in July 2016 that while they liked a lot of the other actors with whom they read, they increasingly said, "The first guy we saw was the best for the part."
Director Ron Howard was reportedly considered to direct Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) but declined the offer, calling the task "too daunting." Eighteen years later, he accepted the offer to direct this film.
Lando Calrissian says to Han Solo, "I hate you", and Han replies, "I know". In Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Leia says to Han, "I love you" and Han replies, "I know".
The collection in Dryden Vos's meeting room includes a set of Mandalorian battle armor, made famous by bounty hunters Jango and Boba Fett.
With this film, Warwick Davis has been involved in ten Star Wars related projects, starting with Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
Vos offers his guests Colo Claw Fish. The Colo Claw Fish live in the planet core of Naboo, and previously appeared in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
The Imperial March, in a major key, plays during the recruitment film at the Corellian spaceport. The same variation was used during a parade in Star Wars Rebels: Empire Day (2014).
The film was released May 25, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) was released May 25, 1977.
The novelization goes on to show that the Cloud Riders pass on the coaxium given to them by Han to none other than Saw Gerrera and Jyn Erso.
Just before attempting a very risky maneuver in the Millennium Falcon, Han says "I have a really good feeling about this". In the previous Star Wars films, characters (including Han) have said "I have a bad feeling about this".
The poem on the final Enfys Nest helmet design, penned in stylized Aurebesh (the most common written language in Star Wars, first introduced in Return of the Jedi), translates to, "Until we reach the last edge, the last opening, the last star, and can go no higher."
The stripes on Dryden Vos's face are tan when he is calm, but turn darker when he gets angry.
After Ron Howard came on board, there was a question about who would receive the directing credit. Directors Guild rules state that a person who shot 90% of a film would get directing credit. Howard re-shot 80% of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's footage. As a compromise, Lord and Miller got Executive Producer credit, and Howard got the Director credit.
This is the first Star Wars movie not to feature anyone from the Skywalker bloodline.
When Beckett, Qi'Ra, and Han discuss Imperial stashes of hyperfuel that they could steal, they mention Scarif, the Imperial planet that houses the plans for the Death Star in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
During an interview on The Graham Norton Show (2007), Phoebe Waller-Bridge said that prior to her casting, she had never seen a Star Wars movie, and didn't know what a droid was. She decided to play L3-37 as a human in her audition. When one of the directors asked her if she could be more "droid-y" while making a mechanical hand gesture, she deduced that droids are robots. Although the casting directors asked her to try it again, they liked her original interpretation of the character, and gave her the part.
The opening scene on Corellia and the opening scene in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), in which Krennic takes Galen Erso, takes place 13 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
This was Lawrence Kasdan's fourth time working on the Star Wars film franchise. He was also a screenwriter for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
It was noted in A New Hope that stormtroopers do not form the primary ranks of the Imperial Army, and are, in fact, supposed to be Elite mooks. This finally plays out with the introduction of the Imperial Infantry, who, as shown in the Battle of Mimban, are mostly green conscripts like Han and really are so terrified, untrained, and incompetent that Stormtroopers qualify as elite soldiers by comparison.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left as writers of The Flash to work on the film. They and original editor Chris Dickens left halfway through production, citing irreconcilable creative differences with producer Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan. A studio report reveals that Lord and Miller's comedic screwball tone and freewheeling approach angered Kasdan, who wanted the film shot the way it was written. It also angered other production department heads, who complained directly to Kennedy. The final straw came during a two-week break while production moved from the UK to the Canary Islands. Kennedy, Kasdan, and replacement editor Pietro Scalia were shocked at the footage, and decided to fire Lord and Miller.
Han bears a scar on his chin, which is only barely noticeable in some shots. It's a recreation of the scar Harrison Ford has in real life, which is also visible in every Star Wars movie he appeared in.
The holochess game is animated the same way as it was done in the original Star Wars films: with stop motion animation.
When Qi'ra and Han are caught kissing in Lando's cape closet, Qi'ra is trying on Lando's blue cape with a black collar, which he wore in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
In Dryden's yacht there are display cabinets, and among all of the treasures in them are some that might be recognized from another film franchise: "Indiana Jones." There are the Sankara Stones from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), the fertility idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and also the Holy Grail itself.
Easter egg: When Han meets Lando for the first time, Han asks him: "Can I ask you a question, Captain Calrissian?", to which Lando answers: "Anything, 'Hann'!" (IPA: [hæn]) Han than answers back saying: "It's HAN (IPA: ([han]), but it's okay!" This referenced the way Billy Dee Williams said Han's name as "Hann" in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
Beckett plays battle chess with Chewbacca. Beckett suggests a move, and when Chewbacca makes it, he takes out the piece and wins. Chewbacca gets angry, and he tells Chewbacca to plan his moves better. R2-D2 makes that same counter to Chewbacca's move in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), but when Chewbacca gets angry, Han suggests letting the Wookiee win. When C-3PO protests, Han explains that Wookiees can tear arms out. C-3PO tells R2-D2 to let the Wookiee win.
Artists used a cast of Chewie's head and bone structure to create the emaciated mine Wookiees on Kessel. Artists tested out various colors, hair loss patterns, and injuries to show not only variation amongst Wookiees, but the hardships they experienced in the spice mines.
Qi'ra is proficient in Teräs Käsi, a fictional martial art originally developed to be used against force-wielding opponents. In Finnish, the name translates to "Steel Hand".
The word "Wookiee" was inspired by Bill Wookey, a friend of actor Terence McGovern. McGovern portrayed a robot cop in George Lucas' THX 1138, improvising the line, "I think I ran over a Wookiee back there."
Two figures in the holochess game were scrapped in the original Star Wars film, but ended up making it into Solo. Crew used Joonas Suotamo's frustrated performance of Chewie as an explanation for the missing pieces in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977): Chewie's swipe at the game pops a couple of buttons off the table, thus causing two characters to be "lost" from the set.
When Han and Lando first meet during the Sabacc game, Han claims he owns a VCX-100. In Star Wars Rebels (2014), The Ghost is a VCX-100.
This is the first Star Wars film by an Academy Award-winning director, and the third by an Academy Award-nominated director, after George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan.
The Millennium Falcon gradually turns from a luxury ship in pristine condition into the piece of junk it's famous for in the Original Trilogy. Han pulls some extreme maneuvers that heavily damage the ship while navigating in the Akkadese Maesltrom after escaping Kessel, and makes a rough landing on Savareen. It also loses its radar dish... once again. During one of those maneuvers, Tobias injects the engines with unrefined coaxium to give the Falcon a Nitro Boost. The result is a familiar engine-failure sound right before the Falcon blasts out of a black hole.
This is the first film to feature Chewbacca in a lead role, so to achieve this level of on-screen action, production produced eight suits and 10 heads.
Kessel is controlled by the Pyke Syndicate, a recurring criminal gang from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Shipped under the code-name "Project: Red Cup". Solo is famous for manufacturing red cups.
This is the first Star Wars movie in which Chewbacca reveals his age: 190 years. That means he is 200 years old in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), 203 in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), 204 in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), and 234 in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
When Han finds Lando in the ending, Han pretends to be upset and attempts to fistfight Lando, only to reveal that he's just messing with him. Lando would then do the same to Han when they meet again in The Empire Strikes Back.
L3-37's name comes from the writing system known as Leet (or L33T). The writer uses numbers and symbols to replace similar looking letters, turning elite into L-EET, then into 1337.
ILM animation provided hyperspace footage that was projected on set during scenes in the Falcon's cockpit. Not only did this help actors feel immersed in the Star Wars world, but it also helped the camera department understand how to light the area and photograph it.
Director of Photography Bradford Young worked closely with Panavision to find old lenses that suited the gritty look of the picture he was going for and to refine them for use on the film. By removing anti-glare coatings and slightly detuning the lenses, Young was able to achieve the imperfections he was exactly looking for.
For the alien Six Eyes, accelerometers and gyros were installed into the puppet's head to sense where the performer was looking. The all-around eye and eye-rod movement reacted as the performer's head started to move left, so the eyes would all go left and look with him. As he moved right, there would be a built-in hesitation before looking to the right, creating a more realistic experience on set and on screen.
One of the initial co-directors, Christopher Miller, was an intern at Industrial Light & Magic, and played a stormtrooper during additional filming for the Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) re-release in 1997.
Charlie Cox lobbied for the title role and even had a screen test with the producers. He was eventually turned down as they feared that his tendency not to keep eye contact, a trait required for his portrayal of a blind man in Daredevil (2015), weakens the character portrayal.
After Donald Glover was announced as Lando, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller jokingly apologized for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.
A heroic version of "The Imperial March" (similar to the one played in the "Empire Day" episode of Star Wars Rebels) plays in the Imperial recruitment video inside Coronet Spaceport.
This is the second live-action Star Wars movie not to open with a narrative crawl. A standard narrative text is shown in place of the narrative crawl. The first was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
Bossk, a Transdoshan who would later become one of the bounty hunters hired by the Empire to track down the Millennium Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back, is name-dropped as one of the possible crewmates for Tobias's train job. Ironically, the person who takes Bossk's place is Han Solo, whom he would later be hired to track down some thirteen years later.
Han's speeder was inspired by the seventies aesthetic and was modeled after Dodge Chargers and Chevy Malibus.
Behind the bar at Fort Ypso can be spotted the same kind of jet engine flame cans that were used as decoration at the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). This kind of can was also used for the head of bounty hunter IG-88 in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
When Han bluffs Proxima, his weapon of choice is a thermal detonator - just like Leia would later use in Jabba's Palace. (Of course, Leia used a real one.)
.At about 2 mins.) into the track "Savareen Standoff" on the score, listen closely and you can hear the first five notes from the "March of the Resistance" leitmotif from the sequel trilogy.
This is the second film in which Warwick Davis has worked with Ron Howard. Howard directed Davis in Willow (1988). Davis originally appeared as an Ewok in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), and as an extra in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
Lando mentions the Sharu (an ancient species), the Oseon system, and the Starcave Nebula, references to 1983 L. Neil Smith novels. "Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu", "Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon", and "Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka" detail Lando's adventures prior to losing the Falcon to Han, and his travels with a droid co-pilot. The crystal skull in Dryden's office is a reference to the cover art of the 1980 Brian Daley novel "Han Solo and the Lost Legacy", set prior to the job that gets Han in trouble with Jabba the Hutt.
Mudtroopers were modeled similarly to AT-ST pilots in that they did not wear face masks. This decision was necessary in order for audiences to identify and see Alden Ehrenreich's face easily on Mimban. The eventual helmet and gas mask design was inspired by early World War I helmets.
There are several lingering shots of Han's lucky dice charm, and idea of using it as a keepsake to remember Han by (as will eventually happen in The Force Awakens) is even brought up.
Tam Posla, a background character from Rogue One, also shows up as a spectator watching Lando's first game of Sabacc with Han.
In Lawrence Kasdan's initial storyline for Solo, Wookiees were enslaved by the Empire on the mining planet of Kessel.
Inspiration for the fighting droids at Fort Ypso came from concept art for Maz Kanata's castle in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
When Beckett changes the sniper rifle into the blaster and tosses it to Han, it's a direct reference to the creation of the original prop. The famous DL-44 Blaster was created for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) using the Mauser C96 prop Frank Sinatra wielded in The Naked Runner (1967). In that film, Sinatra's character disassembles his sniper rifle into the base Mauser to store it in his case. The same prop appears in Sitting Target (1972), with the scope attached, but without the "heatsinks" and other accessories.
Six Eyes is the most sophisticated mechanical head ever produced. It has 50 servos inside the head with on-board intelligence.
Michael Kenneth Williams was originally cast as Dryden Vos and shot various scenes when Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were directing the film. He was unable to return to the set for re-shoots after Ron Howard took over, and the role was recast with Paul Bettany.
Unrefined coaxium, with its spiky appearance, is modeled after ferrofluid, an iron-filling fluid that is put into real-world spacecraft fuel. Its magnetic abilities cause spiked compositions to form.
The exterior Millennium Falcon build weighs 31 tons and has to be moved around using two cranes.
According to the film's Official Guide Book, the rules of Sabacc are as follows: a deck has 62 cards, each with a value ranging from -10 to 10. The goal is for a player's hand to add up to zero. Players bet depending on their confidence in their hands, similar to poker. After each betting phase, a pair of dice are rolled. If both dice have the same image, or "doubles", all players must discard their hands and redraw a new hand. The player who draws exactly zero is the winner. In the version published with the old West End Games roleplaying game adventure "Crisis On Cloud City", a deck has four suits of cards, each numbered 1 to 15, and two sets of face cards numbered zero and certain negative numbers. The goal is for a hand to add up to 23 without going over, going under -23, or zeroing out completely. Alternatively a player can compile a hand of cards with the values 0, 2, and 3, also known as an "idiot's array", as seen in Star Wars Rebels: Idiot's Array (2015).
A combination of practical effects (real dogs in costumes, puppets) and special effects (animated facial movement) were used in order to bring the Corellian hounds to life.
The scenes in which Han experiences Imperial combat were inspired by trench warfare in World War I.
At the start of the film, Han is wearing a white vest over a black shirt, the inverse of what he wears in A New Hope.
The interior Millennium Falcon set on C stage took three months to build. It is the largest interior Falcon set ever made on any Star Wars film due to the addition of new areas.
On the first day of filming, Christopher Miller posted a photo with a clapperboard and the caption "Han First Shot," a reference to the 1997 re-release of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) when Greedo shot first, missing Han Solo.
The creature team played with the idea of Dryden being a Lasat, an alien species first introduced via the character of Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios in Star Wars Rebels (2014).
Old-fashioned smoke and mirrors were used when shooting on Savareen to make some of the environment's skiffs "float."
Twiggy, Studio 54, and Vogue magazine during the mid-seventies were inspiration for the costumes of the Yacht guests on Dryden Vos's ship. At one point, the yacht had a pool, and a team of artists was tasked with designing Star Wars swimwear and robes.
Dave Franco, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Miles Teller, Nick Robinson, Leo Howard, Tony Oller, Chandler Riggs, Hunter Parrish, Rami Malek, Landon Liboiron, Ed Westwick, Tom Felton, Ben Key, Eddy Westcott, Joshua Sasse, Logan Lerman, Ansel Elgort, Jack Reynor, Colton Haynes, Max Thieriot, Scott Eastwood, Chris Pratt, Emory Cohen, Alden Ehrenreich, Taron Egerton, Jack O'Connell, and Blake Jenner screentested for the young Han Solo.
When Han and Qi'ra kiss aboard the Millennium Falcon, they are in the same room where Han and Leia kiss in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
Enfys Nest's iconic helmet took at least a year to design, becoming the alien bone-mask seen in the film. Previous designs for Enfys Nest soon became the helmets of the Cloud-Riders.
The image of the Star Destroyer in the beginning sequence of Solo is meant to evoke the opening sequence of A New Hope-instead of seeing a giant Star Destroyer looming in space, Solo features a segmented Star Destroyer being constructed on Corellia.
Enfys Nest tells Han "the war is just beginning", a line of dialogue Luke would later say verbatim to Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi.
On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015), Woody Harrelson said "Solo" was a temporary title. On October 17, 2017, Ron Howard announced that the title of the movie was Solo.
Qi'ra's gun is inspired by a slightly obscure World War II pistol, the Mannlicher M1905.
Music cues from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) play during the Kessel Run, specifically the Tie fighter attack after the escape from the Star Destroyer, and the chase through the asteroid field.
The Sabacc table featured in Han and Lando's game had to be carefully designed: big enough to allow room for the puppeteers and the alien characters while small enough to keep the principals as close to camera as possible.
Tobias also considers the Xan sisters. Val's goggles that she wears in the film belonged to one of the sisters before she "borrowed" them.
This is Ron Howard's fourth time working with Lucasfilm, Ltd., following American Graffiti (1973) and More American Graffiti (1979), in which he acted, and Willow (1988), which he directed.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) served as major inspiration for the conveyex heist on Vandor.
Ron Howard was picked to replace Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as director over Joe Johnston and Lawrence Kasdan.
There are 25 pairs of the iconic gold dice that hang in the Millennium Falcon. Three of these were made by Tiffany & Co.
Rumors stated that Mark Mothersbaugh was going to compose the score. After Ron Howard replaced Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as director, it was announced that John Powell would compose the score. John Williams composed the main theme of the film later on.
Original concepts of Chewbacca and other enslaved Wookiees on Mimban featured a partial Stormtrooper costume. This specialized armor and helmet would hide faces, allowing the creatures effects team to not have to build quite so many articulated Wookiee faces.
In this film, the Millennium Falcon has single-cannon guns mounted on its gun turrets. In Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Han mentions that he has made some modifications on the Falcon himself. From Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) onward, the Falcon's gun turrets have quad-barrel guns. Evidently, it was one of Han's modifications.
The casting of Solo was one of the longest processes since Universal's search for Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015).
Lando's yellow shirt and black cape combination was one of the early design concepts that never really changed. The design held its ground for over a year and would later influence the yellow accents seen aboard the Falcon.
At the "immigration" area on Corellia, a stormtrooper tells someone to "move along, move along". This is a callback to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), when Obi-wan Kenobi uses a Jedi mind trick to have a stormtrooper allow Luke's landspeeder through a checkpoint with the droids they were looking for.
On the Interior Millennium Falcon cockpit set, rear projection screens have been utilized so that the actors can see and react to pre-designed animations flying and entering hyperspace!
This is the first film Ron Howard has directed that wasn't produced by Brian Grazer since Willow (1988).
Alden Ehrenreich previously appeared in Tetro (2009) for director Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola is widely reported to have been the inspiration for the character of Han Solo. He also directed Harrison Ford in The Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979).
The speeder that Han and Qi'ra use in the chase on Corellia has round thrusters on either end of the rear of the vehicle, which glow red. They look very similar to the taillights on 1960s Ford Falcons.
Original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller previously directed The Lego Movie (2014), in which Billy Dee Williams once again played Lando Calrissian.
Billy Dee Williams is five years older than Harrison Ford. Donald Glover is six years older than Alden Ehrenreich.
Moloch's staff features a carving of many faces; one of these faces has glasses on as the designer decided to carve his own face into the staff.
Clint Howard joins the short list of actors who have been in Star Trek and Star Wars. He appeared in Star Trek: The Original Series: The Corbomite Maneuver (1966) at the age of seven.
A speeder that appears in the background in Corellia is very well traveled. It first appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Abu Dhabi; it was then revamped and traveled to Iceland for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and was then revamped for a second time and shipped to the U.K. for this film.
Lee Sandales, leader of the Set Decorating department, was inspired during a scouting trip in the Canary Islands to create a backstory for the Savarenians: they lived on the water and would harvest a kind of brightly colored shellfish. Evidence of a fishing lifestyle is hidden among all of the set decorations at the sight, including cloth and other materials stained by fabricated shellfish.
Val's jacket features pipes along the sleeves, which provide necessary robotic assistance to her fingertips when she climbs.
Vesper Lynd, the female lead character from Casino Royale (2006) is considered a major influence behind Qi'ra.
Inspiration for Kessel's sulfurous yellow pools came from Dallol, Ethiopia. Due to the corrosive nature of their pools' gases, Lucasfilm and ILM were unable to visit the area, relying mainly on online research to capture its atmosphere.
Early versions of Han and Chewie's meeting involved a saloon-style brawl in a bombed-out building on Mimban.
This film includes the first use of Lando Calrissian's full first name, "Landonis."
The tugs were christened Huey, Dewey and Louie, after the Disney cartoon ducks because they looked quite like ducks. Their names are written in Aurebesh on the fronts.
Early iterations of Q'ira portrayed her as a humanoid alien. References for teen Q'ira's design were Blondie and early-eighties punk scene.
Enfys and Nest are both girls' names in Welsh. Enfys means rainbow, Nest is the Welsh equivalent of Agnes.
The film's composer, John Powell, was a protegè of Hans Zimmer. Ron Howard and Zimmer have worked on five films together: The Da Vinci Code (2006), Angels & Demons (2009), The Dilemma (2011), Rush (2013), and Inferno (2016).
Emilia Clarke is the 12th actress or actor from Game of Thrones (2011) to appear in the Star Wars film franchise. Julian Glover was in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Keisha Castle-Hughes was in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). Gwendoline Christie, Max von Sydow, Jessica Henwick, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mark Stanley, Miltos Yerolemou, and Emun Elliott appeared in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Ian McElhinney appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). Kate Dickie appeared in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). Stuntmen Liang Yang and C.C. Smiff worked on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) as stuntmen. Nina Gold was the Casting Director on both.
Over a hundred E-11 mudtrooper blasters were made for the battlefield scenes on Mimban.
In a deleted scene showing Pilot Solo's fall from grace at the Academy, he addresses the presiding officer as Moff. It's a title held by some Imperial Admirals in the original trilogy, but never spoken on-screen in those movies.
Tessa Thompson, Naomi Scott, Zoë Kravitz, Kiersey Clemons, and Jessica Henwick screentested for the female lead role.
Colin Cantwell used real air intake from a helicopter incorporated into the Moloch vehicle grille design.
Lando's "Hawaiian" shirt was inspired by a Ralph McQuarrie illustration: McQuarrie's spaceship-type skiff was transformed into a repeating pattern, with two suns and a body of water to create a tropical feel.
L3-37's design was primarily driven by the fact that the droid would be played by a woman in a semi-practical suit. Later on, her femininity, rebuilding status, and status as an "older" droid would influence her final designs.
The cyborg serving girl in Dryden Vos' first scene was also in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). She's not easily visible, but she appears in the Visual Dictionary. Originally, there were two cyborg serving girls in the bar on Jedha, but they are only seen very briefly in shadows.
This is the first Star Wars film to be released in May since Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
In the original script for the Train Heist sequence, the rag-team boards the train from a herd of kod'yak's in the style of a classic western. Later, the scene needed to be cut in order to reduce the running time of the sequence.
For shots on Corellia where the crew needed to see the actors drive the car on location, special effects rigged a "pod" to the front of the speeder so the stunt driver could drive from a hidden position.
Donald Glover was born the year Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) came out.
In order to create an immersive, 360 degree experience of the Sabacc game, crew used an Alexa camera and shot the 360 degree scene in 6 different passes, one tile at a time. In the end, the separate passes were stitched together into one seamless 360 experience users could have in Virtual Reality or on any 360 player.
One version of Chewbacca and Han's first meeting involved Chewie saving Han in the battlefield, establishing a "life debt" between the two and thus forcing them to stay paired together.
Early inspiration for Corellia came from researching shipyards in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
This the second installment in the Star Wars anthology series, and first in a proposed trilogy about young Han Solo.
American West artists Frederick Church and Albert Bierstadt served as inspiration when designing Savareen. Savareen also came to represent the end of the road for both Han Solo's and the audience's symbolic journey across America: Southern California, a place where the desert meets the sea, the end of the continent, and the birthplace of the modern film industry.
The on-screen title includes "A Star Wars Story", even though Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)'s didn't.
This is the second collaboration between John Williams and Ron Howard. They previously worked together on Far and Away (1992), where Williams created the entire score.
The art of early Star Wars concept artist Colin Cantwell was used to inspire the look of Solo's Empire. Some of Cantwell's early designs of ships for A New Hope became Imperial ships in Solo.
During the shoot, more than 80 tires were used on the two stunt-driving speeders due to wear and tear.
Jamie Costa, who played Han Solo in the short film Han Solo: A Smuggler's Trade (2016), wanted to play Han Solo in this film. He posted a video of himself "auditioning" for the role on his YouTube channel.
Han's speeder is dressed with items as diverse as a Morris Minor bonnet hinge, a set of baguette warmers and a re-fuelling nozzle from a Vickers VC10 aircraft.
In Arrested Development: Everyone Gets Atrophy (2018), when Michael Cera performs a round house kick while wearing a Darth Vader mask, narrator Ron Howard says, "He even inspired a certain move that would eventually appear 2 years later in a Han Solo origin picture."
This is the third collaboration for Ron Howard and Paul Bettany. Howard previously directed Bettany in A Beautiful Mind (2001) and The Da Vinci Code (2006).
Han's entry into the Imperial military mirrors James T. Kirk's entry into Starfleet in the new "Kelvin continuity" Star Trek. Both grow up in an area where ships for the fleet are constructed. Both enter their respective academies after an adolescence marked by petty crime, and both vow to become exceptional pilots. Three years after enlisting, Kirk becomes a starship Captain, while Han has been kicked out of the academy, and relegated to being a "grunt" in the Imperial infantry.
During the kit-bashing process, as part of the swoop bike design, parts of Anakin's podracer were used on the concept model. When this model was scaled-up, these design details were also scaled up and can be seen on the finished vehicle.
Nine copies of Beckett's rifle were made. It is the rifle that ultimately becomes Han's pistol.
Vandor represents the travel towards the new frontier typically seen within the Western genre. The Rocky Mountains, Chile, Patagonia, and the Dolomites in Italy served as inspiration for the rocky, snow-tipped mountains of the planet.
In June 2017, Ron Howard was announced as the new director of the film. Howard previously appeared in American Graffiti (1973), which also starred Harrison Ford, the first actor to play Han Solo.
This was going be the second film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to feature Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian. The first was The Lego Movie (2014).
Director Ron Howard often shot eight to nine-minute takes of the actors in the cockpit during the Kessel Run, creating an atmosphere that reflected the stressful and exhausting nature of Han's feat.
Mimban's inspirations include World War I films, such as Paths of Glory and All Quiet on the Western Front.
Moloch's speeder was inspired not only by monster trucks, but also the boxy look of the '55 Chevy Harrison Ford drives in the film American Graffiti.
Alden Ehrenreich's film debut was in Ethan Coen. He is the fourth actor from the new Star Wars films to first appear in a film by Joel Coen and Hail, Caesar! (2016). Domhnall Gleeson appeared in True Grit (2010), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) featured Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver.
Paul Bettany, Donald Glover, and Jon Favreau played comic book characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bettany played Vision, Favreau played Happy Hogan, and Glover appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
O'Shea Jackson Jr. and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II auditioned for the role of Lando Calrissian.
Mimbanese troopers were designed to fit the treacle-like and aquatic surface of Mimban: soldiers would lurk in the waters and utilize the landscape to hide from enemy troops.
An early version of the Solo screenplay involved a elephant-sized, naked mole known as a "wapota" that would slowly chase after Han and Chewie with a giant drill attached to its face.
The 1960s-style chrome bezels and switchgear for the dashboard of Han's speeder were purchased at a second-hand auto parts sale.
Enfys Nest's chainsaw pike had 14 copies of it made from a stunt version to ones that open. One version was even made with pyrotechnic capabilities.
The Imperial depot on Mimban was inspired after prolonged ground-war camps of the Vietnam War.
A Corellian factory vehicle and a mining vehicle in Kessel use a similar engine component to that which appears on Rey's speeder in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
The on-set data wrangling team captured photo reference (still images), witness camera data (small video cameras), and set survey data along with other reference information. This data totaled approximately 40TB, which was be sent to Industrial Light & Magic, who used the data to assist in creating the visual effects shots for the movie.
For Han and Moloch's speeder chase, artists drew inspiration from the massive industry docks of Long Beach and the iconic car race in Grease on the LA River Basin.
Han Solo's "secret fighting of pretend" with Chewbacca is most likely a reference to the Legends book "Ambush at Corellia." Han is forced to fight a Selonian for the amusement of his evil twin cousin. Han communicates with her using his limited Selonian vocabulary, and throws the fight.
Adande 'Swoozie' Thorne revealed that he auditioned for Lando Calrissian, and joked about Donald Glover taking all of his roles.
Toward the end of the film, Han raps his knuckles on a screen in the Falcon to get it to work, as a nod to Han pounding the control panel over the doorway to the cockpit in The Empire Strikes Back.
For stunt work, two of Han's speeders were built on a custom-built chassis with a V8 engine, allowing them to reach over 100 mph!
This is the second time Woody Harrelson has been directed by Ron Howard. The first time was in Edtv (1999).
Over 500 designs for the creatures were produced in the design process for the film.
The engine surrounds on the swoop bikes are actually made from the chrome wheel trims from a 1966 Singer Chamois car.
This is the third Star Wars movie not to feature Anakin Skywalker or Darth Vader. The others were Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson, has two pistols in the film. There are 10 copies of each one for various purposes, such as soft ones for the fight scenes.
Screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan and First Assistant Director Toby Hefferman play Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna, who were featured in the Star Wars Expanded Universe (which is non-canon after Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)).
Paul Bettany was six years old when he saw Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) in London.
This is the second Star Wars anthology film to be shot primarily with ARRI Alexa 65 cameras. The first was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), which used Ultra Panavision 70 lenses.
The AT-hauler was designed to land in a similar fashion to Kylo Ren's shuttle, with its wings providing support for the body as it lowers itself onto the ground.
This is one of two 2018 films featuring Paul Bettany to feature a villain named Proxima. The other is Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Linda Hunt appeared in Silverado (1985), making her the only Star Wars cast member who has also worked with Lawrence Kasdan as a director.
One rumor that the female lead was going to be non-Caucasian suggested that it would be Sana Starros, who appeared in Marvel's Star Wars Issue #6 as an associate of Han's, and previously posed as his wife.
As background vehicles in the Corellian factories, three electric tugs were built, incorporating some triangular flood defense barriers for their front bodywork, which were obtained from a government surplus supplier.
Bonus Content: This movie has deleted and behind-the-scenes videos, accessible in the X-Ray Bonus tab in Prime Video.
Westworld (1973) was referenced for the mining control center because of its triangle graphics. Designers wanted the Kessel mines to have a triangular structure and aesthetic.
The bridges in the frontier town of Fort Ypso were made "wobbly" using springs from a Land Rover.
The final design of the white stripes on Han's speeder were the result of almost 100 variations of width, shape, length, color and position!
The visual effects crew measured and mapped the interior and exterior of Fawley Power Station and most of the surrounding site with sophisticated laser scanning equipment (Lidar). Around 200 acres in total!
Alden Ehrenreich shares a birthday with Mads Mikkelsen, who played Galen Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
Artists digitally painted over photos of Alden Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo fighting to help provide filmmakers with a one-to-one experience of what the scene's final version could look like.
This is Emilia Clarke's third science fiction film. The others were Triassic Attack (2010) and Terminator Genisys (2015).
Twice, a mention is made of Han joining with a big crime boss on Tatooine for "a job". That is likely a reference to Jabba ("job) the Hutt.
This is the fifth Star Wars film to carry a PG-13 rating. The others were Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
Co-writer Jonathan Kasdan appeared in The Big Chill (1983) as the son of Kevin Kline's character. Lawrence Kasdan wrote that film and co-wrote Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Kline appeared in Life as a House (2001) as the father of Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Woody Harrelson appeared on Cheers (1982), along with John Ratzenberger, who had appeared in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). That series also featured Kirstie Alley and Kelsey Grammer, who had appeared in the Star Trek franchise.
Ron Howard's film Angels & Demons (2009) featured Ewan McGregor, who played the young Obi-wan Kenobi.
Ron Howard directed Warwick Davis in Willow (1988). In the film, Willow Ufgood becomes the protector of a baby girl who is revealed to be a Princess, which the evil Queen Bavmorda seeks to destroy. Emilia Clarke is known for portraying exiled Princess Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones (2011).
Films such as Thief (1981), Heat (1995), Charley Varrick (1973), The Wages of Fear (1953), Sorcerer (1977), Out of the Past (1947), The Getaway (1972), The Wild Bunch (1969), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Godfather: Part II (1974), and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) had direct story and style influence on Lawrence Kasdan and Jonathan Kasdan's final Solo: A Star Wars Story screenplay.
In the pilot for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), James Ellison called John Connor "Luke Skywalker." Emilia Clarke, who stars in this movie, played Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015).