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  • Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left as writers of Flashpoint (2020) to work on the Han Solo film. Unfortunately, they left halfway through production along with original editor Chris Dickens, 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 who shot in the way it was written. It also angered other production department heads involved that they came and complained directly to Kennedy. The final straw came during the two-week break while production moved from the UK to the Canary Islands, Kennedy and Kasdan together with the replacement editor Pietro Scalia were shocked how the footage turned out that the decision to fire them was decided during that time.
  • Josh Trank was originally to be signed on to direct the second Star Wars anthology film, after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), but eventually dropped out given the overwhelmingly bad press of his most recent film. Fantastic Four (2015), stating, "I want to do something original after this because I've been living under public scrutiny, as you've seen, for the last four years of my life... And it's not healthy for me right now in my life. I want to do something that's below the radar. [It's a] personal decision to move forward on a different path. I've put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities." While there is speculation that he was fired because of the many stories that detail his "erratic" behavior on the set of his Fantastic Four reboot, Trank has since denied this. Although Trank's film was meant to be the second anthology film, being released in 2018, the film in question would not have been this film, according to Entertainment Weekly it would have been a Boba Fett/bounty hunter movie. Apparently it came so close to being officially announced, Lucasfilm even prepared a teaser reel to show at Star Wars Celebration in spring of 2015, but was pulled at the last minute. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy all but confirms this notion in a recent /Film interview, stating "And to be perfectly honest, we have changed the order of [the spin-offs] at the last minute."
  • Reports were saying that Michael B. Jordan was planned to portray Lando Calrissian, but the role was given to Donald Glover.
  • 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 had screentested for the young Han Solo. Teller, Elgort, Franco, Reynor, Eastwood, Lerman, Cohen, Ehrenreich, Egerton, O'Connell, and Jenner were amongst the ones who made the cut for the role.
  • 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).
  • Miles Teller, Dave Franco, Ansel Elgort, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen, Alden Ehrenreich, Taron Egerton, Jack O'Connell and Blake Jenner were all rumored to play Han Solo. Ehrenreich was cast in the role.
  • Jamie Costa, who portrayed Han Solo in the short film Han Solo: A Smuggler's Trade (2016), wanted to play Han Solo in this film. Interestingly enough, he posted a video of himself "auditioning" for the role on his YouTube channel.
  • First Star Wars movie to be directed by two directors since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) in which George Lucas shared directing responsibilities and went uncredited.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Alden Ehrenreich has a collection of old Han Solo toys.
  • 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", and that led them to eventually cast Alden as Han.
  • Alden Ehrenreich is the fourth actor from the new Star Wars films to first appear in a film by Joel and Ethan Coen, Hail, Caesar! (2016). Domhnall Gleeson appeared in True Grit (2010), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) featured Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver.
  • After Donald Glover was announced as Lando, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller jokingly apologized for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.
  • The casting of Solo was one of the largest and longest processes since Universal's search for Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015).
  • 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.
  • Tessa Thompson, Naomi Scott, Zo? Kravitz, Kiersey Clemons, and Jessica Henwick, who portrayed Jess Testor Pava in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) had screentested for the female lead role before it went to Emilia Clarke.
  • O'Shea Jackson, Jr. and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II auditioned for the role of Lando Calrissian.
  • Emilia Clarke will be the twelfth 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 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), and Ian McElhinney appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). Kate Dickie appeared in The Last Jedi (2017).GoT stuntmen Liang Yang and C.C. Smiff worked on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) as stuntmen, and Nina Gold was the Casting Director on both.
  • On Emilia Clarke's Instagram account, prior to being announced as starring in the film, she posted a photo of her holding a toy lightsaber on April 10th, 2016. An unknown Instagram follower commented stating "You should call your agent and get a cameo in Star Wars: Episode 9."
  • In the pilot for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), John Connor (Thomas Dekker) was called "Luke Skywalker" by James Ellison (Richard T. Jones). Emilia Clarke, who stars in this movie, played Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015).
  • The film is set before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and is about Han Solo in his early years.
  • Alden Ehrenreich shares his birthday with Mads Mikkelsen, who played Galen Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
  • One rumor that the female lead was going to be non-Caucasian, suggested that Sana Starros, who appeared in Marvel's Star Wars Issue #6 as an associate of Han's, who previously posed as his wife.
  • This was going be the second film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, to feature the characters of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. The first was The Lego Movie (2014).
  • Principal production began in February 2017.
  • 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.
  • Emilia Clarke's third science fiction film. The others being Triassic Attack (2010) and Terminator Genisys (2015).
  • Woody Harrelson was picked over Christian Bale as Han's mentor.
  • On the first day of filming, Christopher Miller posted a photo with a clapperboard and the caption Han First Shot as a reference to the 1997 re-release of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) when Greedo shot first missing Han Solo.
  • The working title used during filming was "Red Cup," a sly reference to both "Green Harvest" (the working title of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)") and the plastic red Solo cups. "Green Harvest" was not the "working title" of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). That film never actually had a "working title." However, "Blue Harvest" was the working title for "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)."
  • This is the first Star Wars movie where Chewbacca is not portrayed by Peter Mayhew.
  • Being filmed under the title "Red Cup". This is a play on words with Red Solo Cup, where Solo would come from the main character's name Han Solo.
  • "Red Cup" was the code name for the Han Solo movie while shooting on different locations.
  • Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the film in June 2017, only three weeks away from finishing principal photography. The duo apparently clashed throughout all of the production process with producer Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan and other LucasFilm members over the direction and tone of the film. Miller and Lord had been encouraging improvisation and making an overall comedic film against Kasdan's wish for them to follow his script. Eventually, they stepped away due to creative differences.
  • Since Phil Lord and Chris Miller resigned as directors for the movie, Ron Howard is now the reported frontrunner to take over the Han Solo Film.
  • In June 2017, Ron Howard was announced as the new director of the film. This is appropriate in that Howard previously appeared in American Graffiti (1973), a pre-Star Wars George Lucas film, which also starred Harrison Ford, the first actor to play Han Solo in feature film.
  • Director Ron Howard appeared opposite Harrison Ford in American Graffiti (1973). He also made guest appearances on The Fugitive (1963), which was turned into a film starring Ford. Bruce Dern, father of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) cast member Laura Dern, also appear on the series.
  • Original Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller previously directed The Lego Movie (2014), in which Billy Dee Williams once again played Lando Calrissian.
  • Ron Howard's daughter Bryce Dallas Howard appeared in Jurassic World (2015) for Colin Trevorrow, director of Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).
  • Ron Howard's previous space film, Apollo 13 (1995) featured Kevin Bacon a cousin of Star Wars actor Mark Hamill.
  • Ron Howard's family is now split between two successful space franchises. His brother Clint Howard appeared on Star Trek.
  • 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.
  • Ron Howard was picked to replace Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as director over Joe Johnston and Lawrence Kasdan.
  • Adande "Swoozie" Thorne revealed that he auditioned for Lando Calrissian and joked about Donald Glover taking all of his roles.
  • 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.
  • Ron Howard's first project with Lucasfilm since Willow (1988), released three decades before this film. George Lucas previously directed Howard in American Graffiti (1973).
  • Woody Harrelson revealed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015) that "Solo" was a temporary title at this time. On October 17, 2017, Ron Howard announced the title of the movie was Solo.
  • First Theatrical Star Wars film without Anthony Daniels.
  • This film marked the first time an Academy Award winning director ever made a Star Wars film. Also the third Academy Award nominated director (after George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan).
  • The film, which is a spin-off of Star Wars, is releasing the same year as another film with the word "war" in it - Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Samuel L. Jackson, whom plays Nick Fury in that film, played Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and Benicio Del Toro whom plays The Collector in that film, played DJ in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
  • Ron Howard, as usual, cast his brother Clint in a small role. Clint had earlier appeared on an episode of Star Trek (1966) as a child. Howard had previously directed Apollo 13 (1995), which featured Kevin Bacon, a distant cousin of Star Wars actor Mark Hamill.
  • Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton star in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011) and Westworld (2016). Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen and Thandie Newton plays Maeve Millay. The film is scheduled for release the same year as the premiere of Westworld's 2nd season and a year before the premiere of Game of Thrones 8th and final season.
  • The second film Warwick Davis has worked with Ron Howard. Howard directed Davis in Willow (1988). Warwick 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).
  • It is speculated that Emilia Clarke could be playing Han Solo's love interest in the film.
  • The second film of a science fiction film franchise to feature Emilia Clarke. She starred as Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015).
  • Michael Kenneth Williams was originally cast in the film and shot scenes, but amidst the re-shoots, he was unable to return to the set, and his role was removed.
  • 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.
  • This the second installment in the Star Wars anthology series, and first in a proposed trilogy about the young Han Solo.
  • This is the second time Woody Harrelson has been directed by Ron Howard. The first time was in Edtv (1999).
  • Although originally brought on board to complete the film after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had been dismissed due to creative differences, it was widely reported in October 2017 that Ron Howard had re-shot more than eighty percent of the movie.
  • 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).
  • First Star Wars film to be released in May since Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
  • The film's release date was May 25, 2018, which was the same month and day, in 1977, that Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) was released.
  • First Star Wars film to be directed by an Oscar winner.
  • Second collaboration between additional music composer John Williams and Ron Howard. They previously worked together on Far and Away (1992) where Williams created the entire score.
  • Ron Howard directed Warwick Davis in Willow (1988). In the film, Willow Ufgood (Davis) becomes the protector of a baby girl who is revealed to be a Princess, which the evil Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh) seeks to destroy. Emilia Clarke (Qi'ra) is known for portraying exiled Princess Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones (2011).
  • The film will be released the same month as Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Both films are produced and released by Disney which bought Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Studios.
  • The film's composer, John Powell, was a proteg? 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).
  • Rumors stated that Mark Mothersbaugh was going to compose the score. However, after Ron Howard replaced Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as director, the rumors were confirmed to be false and it was announced that John Powell would do so. John Williams composed the main theme of the film later on.
  • Shipped to theatres under the name "Red Cup".
  • This film was directed by Ron Howard. Howard co-starred with Harrison Ford in the George Lucas directed American Graffiti (1973). Ford later went on to star in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) as Han Solo, which was also directed by George Lucas.
  • A photo of the Lego set for the movie showed the Millenium Falcon's "Kessel Run", hinting the legendary event will be seen. On the set, the Falcon has a single point nose, and not the familiar dual-dagger front.
  • First ever film in the franchise to shoot on digital over film stock.
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story takes place approximately 10 years prior to the events of Star Wars : A New Hope and 7 years before the Star Wars: Rebels TV series. Chewbacca and Leia Organa both made appearances in the Rebels series, but it is unknown who Chewbacca was allied with. Lando Calrissian also appeared and was voiced by Billy Dee Williams.
  • The first film Ron Howard has directed that wasn't produced by longtime producing partner Brian Grazer since Willow (1988).
  • This is the first live action Star Wars film not to feature the two most famous droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO.
  • The film's release date is May 25, 2018 which is 35 years to the day after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) was released in 1983.
  • Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian) was born the year Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) came out.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 had indeed shot a scene for this movie, but this scene ended up being 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 subsequently shot her against a greenscreen and digitally inserted her into another scene in the movie to give Howard his "good luck charm".
  • Director Ron Howard said that one of the best experiences on this movie was directing Chewbacca, and subsequently getting a hug from him.
  • Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton appeared in 2012 (2009).
  • Clint Howard has a small role, making him only the second actor (after Felix Silla) to appear on Star Trek (1966) and a live-action Star Wars movie (George Takei did a voice role for the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), but has not appeared on-screen in Star Wars).
  • 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".
  • In the mine elevator on Kessel, Chewbacca tears a guard's arms out of their sockets. This is referred to with a comment made by Han in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • When he first appears in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Han says that the Millenium Falcon made the Kessel Run in under twelve parsecs. This fact was again referenced in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). This film reveals that it was actually slightly more than twelve, but Han was rounding down. Still an impressive feat, considering that Lando says it's impossible to make it in less than twenty.
  • Though his most famous character C-3PO does not appear in this film, Anthony Daniels' name appeared in the credits as the voice of Tak.
  • Fourth Star Wars film not featuring planet Tatooine, after Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). It's only mentioned by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson.
  • First Star Wars movie to not have someone fighting with a light saber.
  • Screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan and First Assistant Director Toby Hefferman play Tag Greenley and Bink Otauna, who were featured in the Star Wars Expanded Universe (non-canon after Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)).
  • Contrary to popular belief and expectations, the character of Sana Starros does not appear. Starros appeared in Marvel's canon Star Wars comics, claiming to be Han's wife in her initial appearances.
  • Dryden Vos has a set of Mandalorian Battle Armor in his collection on his yacht. This is the same style of armor made famous by bounty hunters Jango and Boba Fett.
  • Tobias Beckett wears the guard disguise as seen in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), when it was worn by Lando Calrissian in an attempt to save Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt. The disguise is likely stored on the Millennium Falcon.
  • This is the second Star Wars anthology film to be shot primarily with ARRI Alexa 65 cameras after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), although said film used Ultra Panavision 70 lenses.
  • Co-Writer Jonathan Kasdan appeared in his father Lawrence's film 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 Episodes II and III.
  • The scenes in which Han experiences Imperial combat as disorienting were inspired by trench warfare in World War I.
  • 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).
  • First Star Wars movie not to feature anyone from the Skywalker bloodline.
  • During the train heist, Val (Thandie Newton) mentions the character Bossk, who is one of the bounty hunters in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
  • The Golden Idol (Fertility Idol) from the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) can be seen sitting on a table in the meeting room of Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). Harrison Ford, who originally played Han Solo, also played Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Director Ron Howard confirmed this Easter egg on Twitter.
  • Warwick Davis has appeared in 6 live action Star Wars films- [link-tt0086190], Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  • This is the first Star Wars film (in official canon) that neither mentions the Jedi order nor Jedi Knights.
  • 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: [h?n]) 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).
  • While posing as slave traders, Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) wears the same helmet and uniform that Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) wore while posing as a bodyguard for Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
  • Following Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), 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.
  • Han is seen speaking to Chewie in the Wookiee language. This is the first time a non-Wookiee is seen speaking the language, as well as the first time the language is translated on-screen with subtitles.
  • Billy Dee Williams is five years older than Harrison Ford, while Donald Glover is six years older than Alden Ehrenreich.
  • John Williams has said that this would be his last Star Wars film.
  • The martial art "Ter?s K?si" is mentioned. This is a reference to the Playstation video game Star Wars: Masters of Ter?s K?si (1997), an obscure Star Wars fighting game.
  • Paul Bettany (Dryden Vos) was just six years old when he saw Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) in London.
  • 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. The similarities end there, as three years after his enlisting, Kirk becomes a starship Captain, while three years after his enlisting, Han has flunked out of the academy, and is relegated to being a "grunt" in the Imperial infantry.
  • The on-screen title includes "A Star Wars Story", despite the fact that Rogue One's did not.
  • This is the first Star Wars film in which the title is not displayed in space.
  • Paul Bettany and Harrison Ford appeared in Firewall (2006).
  • Ron Howard's film Angels & Demons (2009) featured Ewan McGregor, who played the young Obi-wan Kenobi.
  • L3-37's name comes from the writing system known as leet. A popular form of writing on the Internet, it is when the writer uses numbers and symbols to replace similar looking letters (i.e. turning elite into L-EET and then into 1337).
  • Lando Calrissian says to Han Solo, "I hate you" to which Han replies, "I know". This is a direct reference to Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), when Leia says to Han, "I love you" to which Han replies, "I know".
  • The first Star Wars film not to use the quote "I've got a bad feeling about this!" The quote was introduced by Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), and had become synonymous with the Star Wars franchise. Han Solo actually says "I've got a good feeling about this!" in this movie.
  • The Imperial March can be heard in-universe playing on the recruitment film at the Corellian spaceport and is in a major key to sound more uplifting. The same variation of the song was used during a parade in Star Wars Rebels (2014), season one, episode seven, "Empire Day".
  • The movie finally addresses a long-time fan theory about the series. 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 it was the ship that "made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs". However, people quickly pointed out that a parsec is a measure of distance, not time (one parsec being approximately 3.26 light years, or just over nineteen trillion miles). Star Wars printed materials explained that the Kessel Run is a route of fixed distance, but Han was able to navigate it much quicker, by finding a short-cut that limited his flight to somewhere at, or over, twelve and a half parsecs. This movie agrees with that, by showing that the Kessel Run is normally twenty parsecs long, and runs along a series of corridors through a nebula. Han managed to traverse the nebula itself, risking the debris, very large creatures, and a phenomenon called "the Maw", and making it to the other end in twelve and a half, to just under thirteen, parsecs (but he says he "rounded it down" to twelve).
  • When Beckett, Qi'Ra and Han are discussing Imperial stashes of hyperfuel that they could steal, the name Scariff comes up. Scariff is the name of the Imperial planet that houses the plans of the Death Star in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
  • Lando's mentioning of the Sharu (an ancient species), the Oseon system, and the Starcave Nebula are callbacks to the 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", respectively, which detail Lando's adventures prior to losing the Falcon to Han, and where he travels with a droid co-pilot. The crystal skull in Dryden's office is also 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.
  • First Star Wars movie to show Corellia, Han Solo's home planet.
  • Third Star Wars movie not featuring Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader, after Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
  • Han's last name is given to him by an Imperial recruitment officer on Corellia when enlists. it's a hidden nod to The Godfather: Part II (1974), where Vito Andolini is renamed as Vito Corleone by a New York City's custom guard on Ellis Island.
  • When Beckett, Rio, Val, Han, and Chewbacca talk around a bonfire the night before the train heist, Beckett disassembles a rifle in some pieces, turning it in a blaster, that he gives to Han. This is Solo's famous blaster seen 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).
  • First Star Wars movie where Chewbacca reveals his age: one hundred ninety-years-old. It implies that he's two hundred-years-old in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), two hundred three in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), two hundred four in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), and two hundred thirty-four in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
  • DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Ron Howard): (brother Clint): Clint Howard has an appearance in this movie. He can be seen during the cage fighting scene of the robots.
  • When Han and Lando first meet during the Sabaac game, Han claims he owns a VCX-100. This is the same model ship as The Ghost in Star Wars Rebels (2014).
  • To pay homage to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Beckett is playing a game of battle chess with Chewbacca. Beckett suggests a move and when Chewbacca makes it, he takes out the piece and wins. He tells Chewbacca to plan his moves better. R2-D2 made that same counter to Chewbacca's move, except when Chewbacca gets angry, Han suggests letting the Wookiee win. When C-3P0 protests, Han explains that Wookiees can tear arms out so C-3P0 tells R2-D2 to let the Wookiee win.
  • Woody Harrelson also robbed a train in The Money Train (1995).
  • Warwick Davis played the character "Weazel" in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
  • Vos offers his guests Colo Claw Fish to eat on-board his yacht. The Colo Claw Fish is one of the sea monsters that live in the planet core of Naboo, and was previously seen in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
  • The opening scene on Corellia and the opening scene in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), where Galen Erso is taken by Krennic, both take place thirteen years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • During the Kessel Run, music cues can be heard from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back; specifically the Tie fighter attack after the escape from the Death Star, and the chase through the asteroid field.
  • Linda Hunt appeared in Silverado (1985), making her the only Star Wars cast member who has also worked with Lawrence Kasdan as a director.
  • During an interview on The Graham Norton Show (2007), Phoebe Waller-Bridge stated that prior to her casting, she had never seen a Star Wars movie, and didn't know what a droid was. So she decided to play L3-37 as a human in her audition. It was only when one of the directors asked her if she could be more "droid-y" while making a mechanical hand gesture that she deduced that droids are robots.
  • Chewbacca tells Han he is 190 years old. In Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Chewbacca is two hundred years old, making the events of this movie ten years before that one.
  • After Director Ron Howard came on-board, there was a big question on whether the directing credit would be given to him or to original Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, as Director Guild rules stated that a person who shot ninety percent of the film would be given the credit. Howard eventually re-shot eighty percent of Lord and Miller's footage. With a possible impasse looming, it was eventually decided that as a compromise that Lord and Miller would be given Executive Producers credit in exchange for Howard getting the directing credit. Much to the surprise of everyone, they didn't challenge the decision.
  • Shipped under the code-name "Project: Red Cup". Solo is the name of the famous "red cups" manufacturer.
  • When on the Millenium Falcon, Han sees Q'ira whipping around a cape and he remarks how impressive that is, and she responds "a dragon taught me" giving a nod to her Game Of Thrones character as The Mother of Dragons.
  • Vesper Lynd, the main female lead character from Casino Royale (2006) is considered to be a major influence behind Qi'ra.
  • In the background of Dryden Vos' ship, there is a crystal skull, a reference to George Lucas' other famous franchise, Indiana Jones. Specifically, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), which starred Harrison Ford.
  • In the scene where Qi'ra and Han are eventually caught kissing in Lando's cape closet aboard the Millenium Falcon, Qi'ra is trying on Lando's blue cape with a black collar that he wore in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
  • The first Star Wars Lucasfilm, Ltd. franchise film to not use the phrase "I've got a bad feeling about this." This phrase was first used in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), and first spoken by Luke Skywalker when the Millenium Falcon approached the Death Star, and then by Han right before the trash compactor began closing in on them while on the Death Star. It had been used in every franchise film including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), and even spoken by BB-8 early in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). In keeping with Lucasfilm Ltd. traditions, it was also spoken by Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). However, instead of using that signature line in this movie, Han says "I have a really good feeling about this."
  • The speeder that Han and Qi'ra use in the "car chase" on Corellia has round thrusters on either end of the rear of the vehicle, which glow red. These are very similar in appearance to the taillights on 1960s models of the Ford Falcon automobile, thus providing a reference to Harrison Ford and the Millennium Falcon.
  • Clint Howard appeared in Star Wars and Star Trek (1966), in season one, episode ten, "The Corbomite Maneuver".
  • Qi'ra is shown to be proficient in the martial art of Ter?s K?si. This is Finnish for, "Steel Hand".
  • Tobias Beckett is said to have killed Aurra Sing. Aurra Sing made a brief appearance in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), as the long-fingered albino woman in an orange, sleeveless jumpsuit watching the pod race. She also made numerous appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series).
  • The cyborg serving girl seen in Dryden Vos' first scene was also present in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), but not seen very well although she's in the Visual Dictionary. Originally, there were two in the bar on Jedha, but they didn't make the final cut. Presumably, the costume got "recycled" for this movie.
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge didn't realize L3-37 was a droid when she auditioned, and played her as a human. Although the casting directors asked her to try it again, except more "droid-y", they liked her original interpretation of the character and gave her the part.
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge (L3-37) admitted that she has never seen any Star Wars movie before auditioning for this film. Because of that, she didn't know what a droid was. She assumed that her character would be a human and delivered her lines accordingly during the audition. The directors liked her performance, but asked her to repeat the lines, this time like a droid would do, which she did after being explained what a droid is. However, the directors preferred her initial non-droid performance, which got her the part.
  • Han Solo refers to himself as an 'outlaw'. This may be a reference to the video game Outlaws (1997) developed by LucasArts, a division of Lucasfilm, the production company for this movie.
  • 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.
  • L3-37 was achieved through a combination of practical and computer effects. Phoebe Waller-Bridge wore a costume that consisted of the droid's body parts (head, chest, legs, and arms) with a green skintight suit underneath. The green suit was later removed in post-production and replaced with mechanical parts, such as cables and wires.
  • One of two 2018 films featuring Paul Bettany to feature a villain named "Proxima". The other being Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
  • This is the first Star Wars movie where the opening scene isn't in space.
  • According to the film's Official Guide Book, the rules of the sabacc card game are as follows: There are sixty-two cards in a deck, and each card represents a number value ranging from -10 to 10. The goal of the game 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. This differs from the version published with the old West End Games roleplaying game adventure "Crisis On Cloud City", which uses four suits of cards each numbered 1 through 15, and two sets of face cards numbered zero and certain negative numbers, with the goal to add up to 23 without going over, going under -23, or zeroing out completely, or to compile a hand called an "idiot's array" with consists of cards with the values 0, 2, and 3 to literally spell "023" as depicted in Star Wars Rebels (2014) season one, episode eleven "Idiot's Array", with dice being rolled to force a random exchange of cards to simulate the cards randomly changing value on the players due to them being electronic within the franchise's universe.
  • Han Solo's "secret fighting of pretend" with Chewbacca is most likely a reference to the Legends book "Ambush at Corellia", when Han is forced to fight a Selonian for the amusement of his evil twin cousin. Using his limited Selonian vocabulary, Han is able to communicate with her, and throws the fight.
  • When Beckett changes the sniper rifle into the blaster and tosses it to Han, it is 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 wielded by Frank Sinatra 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 can be seen in Sitting Target (1972), with the scope attached, but missing the "heatsinks" and other accessories.
  • Each of the first two Star Wars Anthology films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and this movie, end with a ship en route to Tatooine. In "Rogue One", it is Leia's blockade runner, the Tantive IV. In this movie, it is Han and Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon.
  • 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.
  • Old-fashioned smoke and mirrors were used when shooting on Savareen to make some of the environment's skiffs "float."
  • Unrefined coaxium, with its spiky appearance, is modeled after ferrofluid, an iron-filling fluid that is put into real-world spacecraft fuel. It's magnetic abilities cause spiked compositions to form.
  • Qi'ra's gun is inspired by a slightly obscure World War II pistol, the Mannlicher M1905.
  • Beckett's coat is modeled after a classic cowboy duster coat.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Lawrence Kasdan's initial storyline for Solo, Wookiees were enslaved by the Empire on the mining planet of Kessel.
  • 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.
  • Artists utilized a cast of Chewie's head and his bone structure in order to create the emaciated mine Wookiees on Kessel. Artists tested out various colors, hair loss patterns, and injuries to not only show variation amongst Wookiees but the hardships they have experienced due to working in the spice mines.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spice, in the Star Wars universe, is an illicit and addictive substance.
  • Quay Tolsite, the Pyke Syndicate's site administrator for the mines of Kessel, first appeared in Eminence (2013) [in which former Sith Lord Darth Maul recruited criminal factions like Black Sun, the Hutt Clan, and the Mandalorians of Death Watch to his "Shadow Collective."]
  • 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: The Force Awakens (2015).
  • 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.
  • For Solo, a whole new hallway and coat closet was added to the Falcon's interior.
  • 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 buttons of the table, thus causing two characters to be "lost" from the set.
  • The holochess game is animated the same way as it was done in the original Star Wars films: with stop motion animation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The exterior Millennium Falcon build weighs 31 tons and has to be moved around using two cranes.
  • The bridges in the frontier town of Fort Ypso were made "wobbly" using springs from a Land Rover.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Over 500 designs for the creatures were produced in the design process for the film.
  • Six Eyes is the most sophisticated mechanical head ever produced. It has 50 servos inside the head with on-board intelligence.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Inspiration for the fighting droids at Fort Ypso came from concept art for Maz Kanata's castle in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The visual effects team digitally scanned over 500 characters, props and sets.
  • 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.
  • Han's coat on Vandor was is hand-sewn and made out of buffalo hair.
  • In order to create an immersive, 360 degree experience of the Sabacc game, the 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.
  • Underwater explosions shot at 120,000 frames per second were used as inspiration for the coaxium explosion on Vandor.
  • 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 engine surrounds on the swoop bikes are actually made from the chrome wheel trims from a 1966 Singer Chamois car.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) served as major inspiration for the conveyex heist on Vandor.
  • Nine copies of Beckett's rifle were made. It is the rifle that ultimately becomes Han's pistol.
  • 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.
  • Val's jacket features pipes along the sleeves, which provide necessary robotic assistance to her fingertips when she climbs.
  • 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.
  • They also 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Early versions of Han and Chewie's meeting involved a saloon-style brawl in a bombed-out building on Mimban.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Imperial depot on Mimban was inspired after prolonged ground-war camps of the Vietnam War.
  • Mimban's inspirations include World War I films, such as Paths of Glory and All Quiet on the Western Front.
  • Over a hundred E-11 mudtrooper blasters were made for the battlefield scenes on Mimban.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Han's dice are identical to those used in The Last Jedi.
  • Han's speeder was inspired by the seventies aesthetic and was modeled after Dodge Chargers and Chevy Malibus.
  • An R2 unit was turned into a BBQ fire pit for one of the scenes on Corellia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Colin Cantwell used real air intake from a helicopter incorporated into the Moloch vehicle grille design.
  • 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.
  • During the shoot, more than 80 tires were used on the two stunt-driving speeders due to wear and tear.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Early inspiration for Corellia came from researching shipyards in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There are 25 pairs of the iconic gold dice that hang in the Millennium Falcon. Three of these were made by Tiffany & Co.
  • The 1960s-style chrome bezels and switchgear for the dashboard of Han's speeder were purchased at a second-hand auto parts sale.
  • Bonus Content: This movie has deleted and behind-the-scenes videos, accessible in the X-Ray Bonus tab in Prime Video.
  • Director Ron Howard starred alongside original Han Solo, Harrison Ford, in 1973's American Graffiti, which was directed by future Star Wars creator George Lucas.
  • In the scene where Han & Qi'ra kiss aboard the Milennium Falcon, this takes place in the same room of the ship where Han & Leia kiss in Empire Strikes Back
  • The arms of L3-37 are modeled after C3PO's legs and various parts from his body.
  • 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.
  • Depending on Dryden Vos' mood, the stripes on his face change in color. They are tan when he is calm but turn darker the more he gets angry.
  • In the droid arena scene, L3-37 says to Lando "They don't serve our kind here". This is a nod to the Cantina scene from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), where the bartender says to Luke "We don't serve their kind here!", referring to C-3PO.
  • Han solo's gun belt has pouches for 9 volt batteries.
  • Dryden Vos' facial stripes were added in post-production. According to Paul Bettany, he didn't know about that until he saw a photo Ron Howard has sent to him.
  • 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 Episode IV on, the Falcon's gun turrets have quad-barrel guns. This was evidently one of Han's modifications.
  • In a deleted scene showing Pilot Solo's fall from grace to the Infantry at the Academy, he addresses the presiding officer as Moff. This is a title held by some Imperial Admirals in the Original Trilogy, but never spoken on-screen in those movies.
  • Charlie Cox lobbied for the title role and even had a screen test with the producers. However he was eventually turned down as they feared that his tendency of not keeping eye contact - a trait that was required for his portrayal of a blind man in Netflix's Daredevil - with the other characters weakens the character portrayal.
  • First Star Wars film where C-3PO and R2-D2 do not appear.

Spoilers

  • Ron Howard, the new director of the film starred in American Graffiti (1973) . It was directed by George Lucas, and it also starred Harrison Ford.
  • Originally this movie would be released in December but the date has already set on May 25. 2018
  • Darth Maul has robotic legs due to the events of the Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008).
  • The rebels who appear at the end of the film have an alien fighter in their company with a black mask over his alien face, and two tubes coming out of his face. This is Benthic, later Saw Gerrera's second-in-command in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). The character also appeared in some post-Rogue One Marvel comics taking place after Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), in which he meets the main classic trilogy heroes.
  • During a suspenseful scene in the black hole cluster surrounding Kessel and the Maw, a Star Destroyer appears. This is likely a reference to the former canon, in which there was an Imperial installation inside the black hole cluster with Star Destroyers having "stood guard" over it for years.
  • The voice of Maul was provided by Sam Witwer, who also provided the voice for the same character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and Star Wars Rebels (2014).
  • In the final confrontation with Tobias Beckett, Han shoots first, just as he had done in the theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • Darth Maul's appearance in the finale was kept a secret until the film's release. Ray Park reprised the physical role of Maul from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). The voice was supplied by Sam Witwer, who voiced Maul on Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and Star Wars Rebels (2014).
  • L3-37's memory is uploaded into the Millenium Falcon. In the radio adaptation of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) C-3PO says that he's having difficulty talking to the Falcon's computer because she is "rather rude".
  • During the section when Val is discussing who she, Rio, and Tobias Beckett could have brought on for help instead of Han and Chewie, she mentions two parties. The Zan sisters are first, and they first appeared in the cantina on Mos Eisley. Bossk, who was the Trandoshan that first appeared aboard the star destroyer along with the other bounty hunters in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), is also mentioned.
  • The light-saber Darth Maul possesses is the same one he used in Star Wars Rebels (2014) and appears to be reconstructed from an Inquisitor's light-saber.
  • As of May 2018, this is the first chronological appearance of Darth Maul after the 2014 comic book limited series "Son of Dathomir" as this movie takes place several years before Darth Maul's death in Star Wars Rebels (2014).
  • (Also a spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War (2018)). Second time in a Disney production released in 2018, where a red-faced villain who is assumed dead from an earlier movie is revealed to be still alive, with Red Skull for Avengers: Infinity War, and Darth Maul in this movie.
  • The appearance of the Millennium Falcon is clean and relatively unscathed until it crashes on planet Savareen after the escape via the Kessel Run. This is the condition in which it is first seen in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • When Lando, Chewbacca, Qi'ra, and Han go for Calrissian's ship, Solo theorizes that it will be "a piece of junk". It's a nod to the famous reaction of Luke Skywalker's "What a piece of junk!" the first time he saw the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • When Han and Qi'ra are in line at customs on Correlia, trying to hide from Lady Proxima's henchmen, Han gives Qi'ra the set of golden dice that she, in turn, gives back to Han years later when they meet on Dryden Vos' yacht. These are the same famous dice seen in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
  • At the end of the movie, Han wins the Millennium Falcon from Lando in a sabacc card game after Solo prevented Calrissian from using the cards hidden in the long sleeve of his shirt. This explains the reply of Han to Lando about winning the ship "fair and square", which he said in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
  • Body Count: 6 (Rio, Val, Tobias Beckett, Dryden Vos and his two guards).
  • Lando mentions Tobias Beckett killed Aurra Sing by pushing her to her death. Aurra Sing was a bounty hunter who first appeared in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), observing the podracing. She appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) television show.
  • First live-action appearance of Darth Maul since Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
  • Darth Maul's cameo appearance at the end of the film was originally not meant to be in the film during the writing process, the person originally written as the head of the Crimson Dawn was generically referred to as "Boss", and was comprised of a list of many potential characters to fill that position, one of which was Darth Maul. Director Ron Howard lobbied hard for Darth Maul to fill that position, and it ended up in the final film with original Darth Maul actor Ray Park from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) reprising the role, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) voice actor Sam Witwer also reprising his role to voice him.
  • The Millennium Falcon starts to make its classic beeps and boops only after L3 has been uploaded into the ship.
  • Qi'ra utilizes a fictional martial art called "Ter?s K?si", other known practitioners include Darth Maul, Qi'ra's ally. "Ter?s K?si" is a martial art originally developed to be used against force-wielding opponents.
  • Lando claims that Beckett killed Aurra Sing, a bounty hunter who mentored young Boba Fett.
  • During Darth Maul's cameo, a few notes of John Williams' "Duel of the Fates" score from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) can be heard.
  • (Also a spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War (2018) ). Second time in a Disney production released in 2018, where a red-faced villain who is assumed dead from an earlier movie is revealed to be still alive, with Red Skull for Avengers: Infinity War, and Darth Maul in this movie.
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