Star Wars fans were quick to point out that the Millennium Falcon that we see in Solo: A Star Wars Story is not the one that we see in A New Hope or even the one briefly teased in Revenge of the Sith. They were to screaming “plot hole” loud enough that someone at Lucasfilm started to pay attention. It was time to explain things and they did so to Entertainment Weekly in a spoiler free way.
“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 writer Jon Kasdan. “One of the things Larry [Kasdan] and I had talked about was the Falcon should always reflect the personality of its captain.”
The reason why the Falcon looks different is because Han doesn’t own it right now. Han says he’s made modifications and one of them is making it look like a hunk of junk. Han isn’t a law abiding citizen and wants to stay as under the radar as possible as star Alden Ehrenreich says.
“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,” says Ehrenreich. “Kinda like how you’re more likely to get pulled over if you’re driving a Lamborghini.”
Writer Jon Kasdan goes on the remind people that while we might be attached the Falcon looking one particular way we also don’t know how many previous owners the ship has had. In the same way cars change as they move through various owners the ships in Star Wars do the same thing.
“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,” says Jon Kasdan. “What we tried to do with the whole movie was take things that we take for granted and love and turn them on their ear.”
So let’s calm down about the this “plot hole” and wait until we actually see the movie before frantically pointing out continuity errors.
Summary: Han Solo and Chewbacca’s adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard, stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, and Thandie Newton. It will be released May 25th.