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  • Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left as writers of Untitled The Flash Film (2020) to work on the Han Solo film. Unfortunately, they left halfway through production, citing irreconcilable creative differences with producer Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan.
  • 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 screen tested for the young Han Solo. Teller, Elgort, Franco, Reynor, Eastwood, Lerman, Cohen, Ehrenreich, Egerton, O'Connell and Jenner were among the ones who made the cut for the role.
  • This was Lawrence Kasdan's fourth and final 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: 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 ILM 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 they read with, they increasingly said, "The first guy we saw was the best for the part," and that led them to eventually cast Ehrenreich as Han Solo.
  • Alden Ehrenreich is the fourth actor from the new Star Wars films to first appear in a film by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Hail, Caesar! (2016). Domhnall Gleeson appeared in True Grit (2010), while Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) featured Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver.
  • After Donald Glover was announced as Lando, both 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: The Force Awakens (2015) had screen tested 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 before Donald Glover was cast.
  • Emilia Clarke will be the eleventh actress/actor from Game of Thrones (2011) to appear in the Star Wars film franchise. Her co-stars 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' all appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and Ian McElhinney appears in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). GoT stuntmen 'Liang Yang' and C.C. Smiff worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) as stuntmen and Nina Gold is 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 of the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), John Connor (Thomas Dekker) is called "Luke Skywalker" by James Ellison (Richard T. Jones). Emilia Clarke who stars in the film had played Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015) which was released the same year as Star Wars: The Force Awakens (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 series.
  • Emilia Clarke's third science fiction film: Her first was Triassic Attack (2010) and her second was Terminator Genisys (2015).
  • Woody Harrelson was picked over Christian Bale as Han Solo'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 will be Ron Howard's fourth time working with Lucasfilm, following American Graffiti (1973) and More American Graffiti (1979) which he acted in, 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 is 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 Howard 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) 30 years earlier. Warwick Davis originally appeared as an Ewok, in Episode 6: Return Of The Jedi (1983), and as an extra, in Episode One: 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 star Emilia Clarke. Three years earlier Emilia Clarke succeeded Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in The Terminator (1984) sequel Terminator Genisys (2015). Terminator Genisys was released the same year as Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
  • Michael Kenneth Williams was originally cast in the film and shot scenes, but amid the reshoots 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 Solo, 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 the movie 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 all play comic book characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bettany plays Vision, Favreau plays Happy Hogan, while Glover plays Aaron Davis who 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 date that Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) was released in 1977.
  • 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.
  • Thirty years before the film, Ron Howard directed Warwick Davis in George Lucas's 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. In 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: The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), and Star Wars: 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 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), 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 ILM. They subsequently shot her against a green screen 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 both had previously appeared in 2012 (2009) (albeit without sharing any scenes together).
  • Clint Howard has a small role, making him only the second actor (after Felix Silla) to appear in both the original Star Trek TV series and a live action Star Wars movie (George Takei did a voice role for the TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) but has not appeared onscreen 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 refered to with a comment made by Han in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • 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: The Force Awakens (2015)).
  • 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 hunter Boba Fett.
  • Tobias Beckett wears the guard disguise as seen in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), which is later worn by Lando Calrissian in an attempt to save Han 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's film The Big Chill (1983) as the son of Kevin Kline's character. Lawrence Kasdan wrote that film while also co-writing Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Kline went on to appear in Life as a House (2001) as the father of Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy.
  • The scenes in which Han experiences imperial combat as disorienting were inspired by trench warfare in the First World War.
  • 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).
  • During the train heist Val 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 Paul Bettany's character Dryden Vos. 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.
  • 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 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 the original 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 onscreen 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 previously appeared in Firewall (2006) with Harrison Ford
  • Ron Howard's previous film Angels & Demons (2009) featured Ewan McGregor, who played the young Obi-Wan.
  • 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 LEET into 1337).
  • 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 the Rebels episode Empire Day.
  • 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 copilot. 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 Darth Vader, after Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
  • Clint Howard, Ron Howard's brother has an appearance in the 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 (2014-2018)
  • 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 exact same counter to Chewbaccas move except when Chewbacca gets angry, Han Solo suggests letting the Wookiee win. When C3P0 protests, Han explains that Wookiees can tear arms out so C3P0 tells R2-D2 to let the Wookiee win.
  • Woody Harrelson also robbed a train in The Money Train (1995).
  • Warwick Davis also 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 planet core of Naboo and was previously see in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
  • The opening scene on Corellia and the opening scene in Rogue One where Galen Erso is taken by Krennic, both take place 13 years before the events of A New Hope.
  • Linda Hunt previously appeared in Silverado (1985), making her the first and only Star Wars cast member who has also worked with Lawrence Kasdan as a director.
  • During an interview on The Graham Norton Show, 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.
  • In this film Chewbacca tells Han Solo he is 190 years old. In Star Wars - A New Hope Chewbacca is 200 years old, making the events of this movie 10 years before A New Hope.
  • After director Ron Howard came onboard, there was a big question on whether the directing credit would be given to him or to the original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as Director Guild rules stated that a person who shot 90 percent of the film would be given the credit. Howard eventually re-shot 80 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. Reference to George lucas' other famous franchise Indiana Jones in which Harrison Ford is the lead role.
  • The speeder that Han and Qira 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 both Harrison Ford and the Millennium Falcon.
  • Clint Howard appeared in both Star Wars and Star Trek , in the Trek episode 1966 in 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 Episode I, as the long-fingered albino woman in an orange, sleeveless jumpsuit watching the pod race.
  • The cyborg serving girl seen in Dryden Vos' first scene was also present in Rogue One, 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 Solo.
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge didn't realize L3-37 was a robot 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, when Ben 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." Avengers: Infinity War is the other.
  • Solo 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 62 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 Idiot's Array (2015), 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.
  • In the scene where Woody Harrelson disassembles the sniper rifle into the blaster and tosses it Han 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 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" and "Solo", end with a ship en route to Tatooine. In "Rogue One," it is Leia's blockade runner, the Tantive IV. In "Solo," it is Han and Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon.

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
  • 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: 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's name does appear in the credits as the voice of Tak.
  • 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/the Maw, a Star Destroyer appears. This is likely a reference to the former canon Expanded Universe (renamed "Legends" and non-canon after Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)) in which there was an Imperial installation inside the black hole cluster with Star Destroyers having "stood guard" over it for years (long enough that they were unaware of the fall of the Empire until long after it happened).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Han "Shoots First" (or more so, before his opponent) just as he had originally done in the theatrical release of the original Star Wars, later renamed as "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope".
  • 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) (although this time through motion capture). 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".
  • First Star Wars movie not to feature anyone from the Skywalker bloodline.
  • Easter egg - When Solo meets Lando for the first time, Han asks him: "Can I ask you a question, Captain Calrissian?", to which Lando answers: "Anything, 'Hen'!". Solo than answers back saying: "It's HAN, but it's OK!" This references the way actor Billy Dee Williams says Han Solo name as "Hen" in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
  • During the section when Val is discussing who her, 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.
  • 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 lightsaber Maul possesses is the same one he uses in Star Wars Rebels (2014) and appears to be reconstructed from an Inquisitor's lightsaber.
  • As of May 2018, this is the first chronological appearance of Maul after the 2014 comic book limited series "Son of Dathomir" as Solo takes place several years before 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 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 19 trillion miles). Many fans explained this by stating 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 12.5 parsecs. This movie confirms the theory, by showing that the Kessel Run is normally 20 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 12.5 to just under 13 parsecs (but he says he "rounded it down" to 12).
  • 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 Calrissian, Chewbacca, Qi'Ra and Han Solo goes 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).
  • Han's last name is given by an Imperial recruitment officer in Corellia when is trying runaway from Lady Proxima's henchmen enlisting as Galactic Empire's soldier. it's a hidden nod for The Godfather: Part II (1974), where Vito Andolini is renamed as Vito Corleone by a New York's custom guard on Ellis Island.
  • When Han Solo and Qi'Ra are in line at customs on Correlia, trying to hide from Lady Proxima's henchmen, Solo gives Qi'Ra the set of golden dice that she, in turn, gives back to Solo 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: The Last Jedi (2017).
  • When Beckett, Rio, Val, Han Solo and Chewbacca talk around a bonfire the night before the train heist, Beckett disassembles a riffle assault in some pieces turning it in a blaster, that he gives Han Solo. 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: The Force Awakens (2015).
  • At the end of the movie Han Solo wins the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian 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 Solo to Calrissian about winning the ship "cleanly" 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).
  • First Star Wars movie where Chewbacca reveals his age: 190 years old. It implies that he's 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: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
  • Lando mentions Tobias Beckett killed Aurra Sing by pushing her to her death. Aurra Sing is a bounty hunter who first appears in the Phantom Menace observing the podracing. She later appeared in the Clone Wars show.
  • First live-action appearance of Darth Maul since Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
  • During the Kessel Run, music cues can be heard from Episode IV and Episode V; specifically the Tie fighter attack after the escape from the Death Star, and the chase through the asteroid field.
  • In the scene were 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 wears in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
  • The first Star Wars/Lucasfilm Franchise film to NOT use the phrase "I've got a bad feeling about this!" This phrase was first used in Episode IV (A New Hope - 1977) and first spoken by Luke Skywalker when the Millenium Falcon approached the Death Star, and then by Han Solo 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, and even spoken by the Droid BB-8 early in Episode VIII (The Last Jedi - 2017). In keeping with Lucasfilm traditions, it was also spoken by Indiana Jones in the fourth film of the franchise "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". However, instead of using that signature line in "Solo," Solo says "I have a really good feeling about this!"
  • 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 Maul. Director Ron Howard lobbied hard for Maul to fill that position, and it ended up in the final film with original Maul actor Ray Park from The Phantom Menace reprising the role as motion capture, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars 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 fictional martial art called "Ter?s K?si", other known practitioners include Maul, Qi'ras ally. "Ter?s K?si" is 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's "Duel of the Fates" score from "Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace" can be heard.
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