May 28, 2018

33 bits of trivia about the Han 'Solo' movie and a couple of Easter Eggs

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Trivia from the Han 'Solo' prequel film 

Despite its massive commercial and critical success, the Han 'Solo' movie will always be the Star Wars movie where the directors got fired and Ron Howard came in and saved the day.

Given that drama and the need to rework the movie, there's plenty of trivia about the making of the movie to satisfy even the keenest of Star Wars fact fans...
  1. Alden Ehrenreich was the first actor to audition for directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They saw many other actors but Alden made a lasting impression.
  2. The script was written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan. This means that Lawrence has had a hand in writing four Star Wars films (Empire, Jedi, TFA and this one).
  3. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired by Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, only three weeks away from finishing principal photography on June 2017. They are in good company as Kennedy also removed Colin Trevorrow from the Star Wars IV project. Instead, JJ Abrams is back for a second turn at directing to finish the story he started. 
  4. Miller and Lord's removal paved the way for Ron Howard to finish the film and even reshoot many scenes. This means that this is the first Star Wars film to have ever been directed by an Academy Award winner for Directing. Howard won the golden gong for A Beautiful Mind.  George Lucas was nominated for the award with A New Hope, which means he was the first Oscar-nominated director of Star Wars when he directed The Phantom Menace. 
  5. Ron Howard famously turned down George Lucas's offer to direct The Phantom Menace. He also famously defended the movie and its young star. Howard had previously directed Lucasfilm's Willow production. Howard, of course, starred in the George Lucas film, American Graffiti and its sequel. 
  6. This is the second Star Wars anthology movie to be made, following the release of Rogue One. It was intended to be the third but Josh Trank's supposed Boba Fett movie was delayed after he left the project.
  7. Teras Kasi was originally in Rogue One (Saw trained Jyn to fight in that style) but it got cut according to scriptwriter Gary Whitta.
  8. Is the fifth Star Wars prequel.
  9. The second film to not have a light saber fight. 
  10. John Howell composed the film score. He's an experienced composer and has an Academy Award nomination for his How to Train Your Dragon score. This means Howell is only the third composer on a Star Wars film after John Williams and Michael Giacchino (Rogue One).
  11. Woody Harrelson was picked over Christian Bale as Solo's mentor, Beckett. Solo is the second time he has been in a Ron Howard directed film. The first was EdTV.
  12. While some fans have guessed that Solo, is presumably the movie that Josh Trank had been hired to direct until he was removed from the job due to rumoured poor on and off set performance during the ill-fated Fantastic Four reboot, this is not the case. Trank's film was likely a Boba Fett story - either way Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed they changed the order of the Anthology films, confirming that Trank was not directing the Solo movie. 
  13. The working title used during filming was "Red Cup" a reference to the plastic red Solo cups that are popular for drinking beer from at keg parties.The theme of the Imperial March can be heard playing on the recruitment film featured at the beginning of the film before Han signs up to the Empire.
  14. First live action Star Wars film to not feature C3PO or Arto Dee Too
  15. 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 as a CGI character was removed. Instead, Paul Bettany was brought in by Howard and the role was filmed in person. Bettany had a major role in Howard's A Beautiful Mind so they already had the connection. Bettany is also quite popular at this time due to his role as Jarvis and Vision in the Avenger movies. 
  16. 30 odd years since Howard directed Warwick Davis in Willow, he directed him again in yet another cameo performance in a Star Wars film.
  17. This is Joonas Suotamo's second full gig playing Chewbacca after his first turn in The Last Jedi. Suotomo played Chewbacca officially as a body double in The Force Awakens - it is speculated he did any parts where Chewbacca was walking, this was due to the ill health (bad knees) of the original Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew.
  18. Dryden Vos has a set of Mandalorian Battle Armor in his collection on his yacht. This is the same style of armour made famous by bounty hunter Boba Fett.
  19. The movie establishes that Chewbacca is 190 years old.
  20. The Golden Idol (Fertility Idol) from the opening scene of Raiders Of The Lost Ark can be seen sitting on a table in the meeting room of Paul Bettany's character Dryden Vos. It's a tribute to Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and of course as the original Han Solo. 
  21. Michael Kenneth Williams took part in the initial round of filming, however, was unavailable for reshoots which meant he was replaced with Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos.
  22. Tobias Beckett's character was in part inspired by Long John Silver in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Silver had a relationship with Jim Hawkins and the Solo / Beckett relationship mirrors that. In the same vein, scriptwriters also likened the relationship to that of Val Kilmer's and Bobby De Niro's characters relationships in Michael Mann's Heat.
  23. Emilia Clarke made her name as the 'Mother of Dragons' in Game of Thrones - her appearance in this film means she is the tenth actor from that series to have a part in Star Wars - many of those roles were cameos, however Clarke's role is a starring part as Qi'ra, a love interest for Han.
  24. This is the first Star Wars film to not use the word 'Jedi'.
  25. It spans 6 years, meaning it has the longest time frame of any Star Wars movie (The opening scene from Rogue One excluded...)
  26. It's the first Star Wars film to not feature a Skywalker of any kind. 
  27. Warwick Davis reprised his role as Weasel from The Phantom Menace. He played the same character as a member of Enys Nest's gang of marauders. 
  28. Did you spy the dice in Han's land speeder? They are the ones that make it on to the Falcon. They become a minor plot point in The Last Jedi and can be seen in a deleted scene of The Force Awakens.
  29. Val mentions 'Bossk'. This is the bounty hunty seen in The Empire Strikes Back. 
  30. This film was Lawrence Kasdan's fourth screen writing credit for a Star Wars film.
  31. Enfys Nest's character name leaked due to promotional material slipping out. She's a pirate that leads the gang known as the Cloud Riders.
  32. The planet Mimban which Han find himself on was first referenced in the first Star Wars extended universe novel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye
  33. Han shoots first.

Want to know more facts and trivia about Star Wars movies? Try out those of Rogue One, Jedi and The Force Awakens!

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