The Millennium Falcon’s Look and Age in ‘Solo’ Get Explained
Thanks to a few new toy reveals today, and another spotlight piece by EW, we’ve learned some new information about the Millennium Falcon. If you’ve been wondering if the ship you’ve seen in the Solo trailers are the same one as featured in A New Hope and beyond, and the answer is yes. Although, its look in Solo is much different than what we see in A New Hope, but thanks to the Kasdans, we know why it now looks so different.
Basically, they treated the ship as a living character when they wrote the script, and that they decided that the ship should take on the look and feel of its current captain. This is why the ship looks so shiny and swanky in the Solo footage. Lando not only used it for hauling stuff, but he also used it to entertain party guests. Jon Kasdan explained this thought a bit more by saying:
“Where Han gave it a certain shabby coolness and a dinged up quality that reflected where he was at that point in his life, this Falcon reflects its owner very clearly in its shape and aesthetic and his needs, even if those needs be a little more space to entertain.”
The article went on to explain that there is a reason the Falcon looks so junky by the time Han meets Luke and Kenobi in Mos Eisley, and it has nothing to do with Han being a dirty rotten pig. Alden Ehrenreich explained that Han purposefully junks it up to keep the attention off of him. He said:
“It’s safer in the galaxy to fly something that looks like a piece of junk. People underestimate you — especially if you’re up to no good. Kinda like how you’re more likely to get pulled over if you’re driving a Lamborghini.”
I found this to be a pretty great revelation, and it makes complete sense for the character of Han to do something like this to keep the heat off of him and Chewie while smuggling.
The article also mentions that the two mandibles in the front of the Falcon are filled in during Solo, but it hints that those mandibles have always been there, and that they are holding some sort of container, or secondary ship in Solo.
Finally, the article also revealed that the Falcon is much older than many of us thought. It’s not a brand new ship in Solo. Jon Kasdan explained that:
“Remember, when the Falcon enters our movie, it’s already had a long life. Decades of existence. And it’s been modified even from its original design.”
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