'Solo' Star Wars film - trivia and Easter eggs

Apr 3, 2020
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Trivia from the Han 'Solo' prequel film 

Despite its fairly commercial (ish) and critical success, the Han 'Solo' movie will always be the Star Wars movie where the original 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... Scriptwriter Jon Kasdan went pretty left field in places!

  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 Rise of Skywalker project. Instead, JJ Abrams is back for a second turn at directing to finish the story he started. 
  4. Mother Proxima is a White Worm, that name is taken from the Bram Stoker book, The Lair of the White Worm.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. When Han pulled the eel from out of his pants, this was a nod to Indiana Jones and the last Crusade where River Phoenix does the same with a snake. It's a nod to the fact Alden was replacing Ford, as Phoenix did the same in that movie at the begging. Lawrence Kasdan also wrote the Indiana Jones films so it's a great reference. 
  8. 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.
  9. The fighting style 'Teras Kasi' was originally in Rogue One (Saw trained Jyn to fight in that style) but it got cut according to scriptwriter Gary Whitta.
  10. Is the fifth Star Wars prequel.
  11. Solo refers to Chewbacca as being a moof milker - Solo uses the same insult in The Force Awakens when he says "Hey! Some moof-milker installed a compressor on the ignition line!"
    The battle on Mimban was inspired by Stanley Kubrick's, Paths of Glory.
  12. The second film to not have a light saber fight. 
  13. 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).
  14. 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.
  15. 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 rumored poor on and offset 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. 
  16. Dryden Vos' home base was not originally a ship but an island fortress. It would have featured Lando racing through a series of canals but the idea was dropped as it would have been too hard to get it filmed well. 
  17. John Williams has composed all 9 saga trilogy films. Fun fact, his son is the lead singer for Toto. 
  18. There was a fourth member of Beckett's team called Korso but the character was cut in the editing room. You can actually see a few shots of him in the Mimban sequences. Korso was to be killed early on so that Becket would see value in replacing him with Chewbacca.
  19. 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. 
  20. 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.
  21. The job on the Conveyex originally featured the rescue of a band of criminals destined for prison, not Coaxium. Jon Kasdan said the idea was they would walk away wordlessly after their rescue but turn up in a potential sequel to rescue Han and Chewie from a tight spot. 
  22. First live action Star Wars film to not feature C3PO or Arto Dee Too
  23. 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. 
  24. 30 odd years since Howard directed Warwick Davis in Willow, he directed him again in yet another cameo performance in a Star Wars film.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. The movie establishes that Chewbacca is 190 years old.
  28. 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. 
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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. In our humble opinion, this is probably the best she has done as a character. And yeah, we saw Terminator Geynsis. 
  32. This is the first Star Wars film to not use the word 'Jedi' in any form.
  33. It spans 6 years, meaning it has the longest time frame of any Star Wars movie (The opening scene from Rogue One excluded...)
  34. It's the first Star Wars film to not feature a Skywalker of any kind. 
  35. Warwick Davis reprised his role as Weasel from The Phantom Menace. He played the same character as a member of Enfys Nest's gang of marauders. 
  36. 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.
  37. Beckett's sudden but inevitable betrayal at the end is meant to rhyme with Han returning to save Luke at the end of A New Hope. Jon Kasdan says that in both movies the older, wiser character had to reluctantly leave and come back suddenly. The difference being the betrayal compared to Han proving himself a hero. 
  38. Val mentions 'Bossk'. This is the bounty hunter seen in the line up of hunters during The Empire Strikes Back. 
  39. This film was Lawrence Kasdan's fourth screenwriting credit for a Star Wars film.
  40. 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.
  41. Lando's "cape closet" was an idea from the original directors. The scene with Han and Qi'ra was a nod to a similar scene Han and Leia had in the avionics room in The Empire Strikes Back. 
  42. In The Rise of Skywalker, Billy Dee William's wears a costume very similar to Lando's 'yellow suit' from this fill which is a great call back. 
  43. When Han is caught in the mud during his first encounter with Chewie, his pose is very similar to the one of him in the frozen block of carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back.
  44. The creature the Falcon encounters in the Kessel Run is called a Summa-Verminoth. It was inspired by the notion that it was to be a Lovecraft monster.
  45. 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
  46. The return of Darth Maul was obliquely hinted at in the movie. The name Crimson Dawn, the artifacts that Vos had collected in his study and Qi'ra's use of Teras Kasi
  47. 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! Oh, and if you are really keen, facts about the making of The Rise of Skywalker.

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