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Why Is The Falcon So Different Looking In Solo: A Star Wars Story?

Posted by Dustin on February 14, 2018 at 12:22 PM CST

Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican discusses the possiblities why.

“She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. I’ve made a lot of special modifications myself.”

That’s how Han Solo attempted to ease the mind on unimpressed Luke Skywalker when the Tatooine farmboy first laid eyes on the Millennium Falcon. But once upon a time — a long time ago — the Corellian freighter did look pretty fine.

So what are these “special modifications”? The answer is going to come in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which has already shown us a version of the iconic starship that is so sleek that some have naturally wondered: Is it the same vehicle?

It definitely is. Give or take.

What we’re seeing in director Ron Howard’s movie with the blue and white design and glossy interior is how the ship existed in the hands of Lando Calrissian before he lost it to Han Solo in a game of sabacc.

As The Star Wars Show pointed out last week, this look was partly inspired by the early visual development designs of legendary galactic concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.

But storywise, there’s something odd about the Falcon. It changes. Like a living thing. And those differences tend to reflect its current occupant. But those alterations, the “special modifications,” aren’t just cosmetic — they have an explanation, or a deliberate reason for being.

“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,” says Jon Kasdan (writer-director of The First Time) who wrote the Solo screenplay with his father, Lawrence Kasdan (veteran co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens.)

“One of the things Larry and I had talked about was the Falcon should always reflect the personality of its captain,” he adds.

So Donald Glover’s Lando uses it not just to ferry goods, but as a floating party vessel. Sounds about right.

Alden Ehrenreich, who is taking over the smuggler role from Harrison Ford, says there’s more going on than neglect when it comes to the grimy interior and exposed panels we see in Han Solo’s later incarnation of the Falcon.

Maybe Han has his reasons for that. A kind of galactic camouflage.

Read the full article here at EW.com!

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