All the secrets and little things you shouldn’t miss in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, the spin-off on the youth of the famous character of Han Solo.
References to other films in the saga, winks and references to the extended universe, welcome to the hidden details of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the second spin-off of the Star Wars universe after Rogue One. He looks back on Han Solo’s youth and explains his meeting with Chewbacca, the origin of his weapon and his recovery of the mythical Millennium Falcon!
Instead of the traditional drop-down menu from Star Wars movies, as a spin-off, “Solo” instead features text in the same font as “Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away ….” to locate the action of the film.
The attention to detail was for the makeup team to reproduce the scar on Harrison Ford’s chin on that of Alden Ehrenreich.
Pleasure of the dice
In Han’s ship are already the golden dice that he will hang in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon in the first Star Wars.
When the children discuss reselling Han’s dice, they say they can get “a good portion” out of it. The “Polystarch Portion Bread” is a unit of value presented in The Force Awakens when Rey comes to sell ship parts on Jakku.
When your Han goes boom
Han threatens Lady Proxima with what he says is a thermal detonator, a reference to the scene from Return of the Jedi in which he threatens Jabba, this time with an actual detonator.
My name is … Qi’ra!
Emilia Clarke’s character is called Qi’ra, which was to be the name of Daisy Ridley’s character in postlogy (with the spelling “Kira“), before she was finally renamed” Rey “.
When Han decides to tilt his ship to pass through a very narrow area, he asserts confidently: “Watch This!” (“Check this out!”), A reference to The Empire Strikes Back as Han wants to go into light speed. Either way, it doesn’t end very well.
During his reunion with Han, Qi’ra explains to him that he had learned to master the Teräs Käsi with Dryden Vos to defend himself. If the name of this martial art is unknown to you, it is because you have never played Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi, a fighting game released by LucasArts for PlayStation in 1997.
Louf fish fillet
Likewise, on their second visit to Dryden Vos’ yacht, Han and Beckett are offered a few “fish fillets”. A dish that must not have been easy to prepare, given the size of the product in question: yes, we are talking about the monster who had tried to swallow Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Jar Jar at the beginning of The Phantom Menace.
The Ardennes pilot Rio Durant is voiced by Jon Favreau, creator of The Mandalorian, the first live Star Wars series.
Han was fired!
The character says he was kicked out of the Imperial Academy, which makes this passage from The Paradise Snare, a novel from the Legends universe published in 1997, and mentioning Han’s recruitment as a cadet. A scene cut from Solo also shows the reason for his expulsion.
Who are the Zan sisters?
Val mentions that instead of Solo and Chewbacca, they should have recruited “the Zan sisters”. Zan and Zu Pike are twin adept of Teräs Käsi. They first appeared in the novel Shadows of the Empire in 1996, and are now part of the official Star Wars universe (that of films and derivative products released since 2015).
Who’s the Bossk?
Val also cites the name of Bossk, a trandoshan bounty hunter who appeared in The Empire Strikes Back and since in the Clone Wars series or Star Wars: Battlefront.
Warwick Davis still there!
Big regulars of cameos in the Star Wars saga, practically present in all the films, Warwick davis is back in Solo. This time he plays a man named Weazel, one of the henchmen of Enfys Nest. He also finds the director Ron Howard with whom he had shot Willow.
Rio mentions the planet’s “mynock soup” Ardennia. These formidable creatures appeared in The Empire Strikes Back.
Chewbacca evokes the enslavement of the Wookiees on Kashyyyk. This event is often recounted in the Star Wars universe, through the Rebels series, the extended universe comics or Revenge of the Sith.
The name of this droid dubbed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) refers to the leet or “elite” language, which consists of writing letters with numbers. LEET becoming “13-37”.
City of Clouds
Among other decorative objects stored in the corridors of the Millennium Falcon, we can see a small model of the City of Clouds. A project that Lando Calrissian will end up carrying out and of which he will become administrator in The Empire Strikes Back.
The Dejarik holo game table
Years before playing a game with C-3PO in New hope, Chewbacca learns the rules of the Dejarik holo game in Solo, facing Beckett.
Always embodied by Ray park, the Sith lord left for dead in The Phantom Menace that we already found in the series Clone Wars and Rebels, made a noticeable appearance at the end of Solo. When Qi’ra communicates with him via a hologram, we learn that she is secretly working in his service.
A nod to Back to the future
Han mentions his pilot friend Needles, this is a reference to Back to the Future, in which Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea played a pilot named Needles.
The droid Gonk
Definitely, this little droid multiplies the unlucky appearances in the Star Wars saga. While we saw him, for example, being tortured at Jabba’s in Return of the Jedi, here he is forced to participate in a clandestine fight, organized in the cantina where Han meets Lando.
The first flame of the Rebellion
As we understand at the end of the film, Enfys Nest and his comrades in arms are nothing less than the future first members of the Rebel Alliance, which will finally be able to see the light of day thanks to the Coaxium stolen by Han Solo and his team.
The Imperial March
The famous musical theme composed by John williams for the first time resonates diegetically in Solo, since it accompanies a recruiting clip of the Empire watched by Han, which also gives him the idea of getting involved.
“I have a good feeling”
Pronounced by Han just before the Kessel raid, this line goes against a famous line from the Star Wars saga, recited in each of the films: “I have a bad feeling about this.” (“I have a bad feeling.”)
Mention of Jabba
At the end of the film, Tobias Beckett talks about “a big hat that goes up a blow on Tatooïne” and offers Han to follow him to be part of the adventure. Even if his name is never mentioned, we can obviously consider that it is about Jabba the Hutt.
Among the collectibles stored in Dryden Vos’s yacht is armor very similar to that worn by Jango and Boba Fett in the Star Wars saga. While this breastplate is unlikely to belong to them, it was likely stolen from another Mandalorian.
When Han, Qi’ra, Beckett, and Lando are looking on which planet they can refine the Coaxium that they are preparing to steal, the possibility of going to Scarif (the planet where the final battle of Rogue One) is briefly mentioned. However, this option is immediately discarded as Scarif is occupied by the Empire.
Reference to the Godfather 2
The scene in which Han is named Solo is constructed in the same way as the one in which little Vito Andolini from Corleone is named by the agent of Ellis Island “Vito Corleone”.
When the crew arrives on Kessel to steal the Coaxium, Beckett wears the same mask Lando’s at the start of the Return of the Jedi.
Seen during the course of modules of The Phantom Menace, this formidable bounty hunter has since been eliminated by Beckett. In any case, that is what he says.
“- I hate you.
– I know.”
Han’s response to Lando when he accuses him of screwing up the Millennium Falcon is a nod to one of the most famous replicas of the Star Wars saga: the famous “I love you / I know” traded between Leia and Han, before the latter was frozen in carbonite.
The scars of Dryden Vos
All in discretion, the scars on the face of Dryden Vos change colors according to his moods during the film.
Who plays Lady Proxima?
Lady Proxima, monstrous employer of Han and Qi’ra at the start of the film, is played by famous American actress Linda Hunt, who inspired Brad Bird to play Edna Mode in The Incredibles.
The film reveals that in Solo’s time, Chewbacca was 190 years old, which would make him around 234 years old in episodes VII and VIII.
Anthony Daniels is here
The famous C-3PO performer also makes a discreet cameo in the film and therefore remains the one and only actor to appear in all Star Wars without exception. We can indeed see him on Kessel, in the guise of a humanoid slave. His character is credited in the credits as “Tak”, a tribute to Tak Fujimoto, second-team director of photography for A New Hope.
Ron Howard’s brother!
Clint Howard, director’s brother Ron howard, performer Ralakili, the droid fight organizer.
First times in the Star Wars universe
Solo is the first Star Wars feature film to not once mention the word “Jedi” and not include a member of the Skywalker family among its characters. It is also the first time Han has spoken Wookiee.
Han shoots first!
At the end of the film, Han shoots Beckett down in cold blood without waiting for him to draw his gun. It is a nod to the debate that still rages on the cantina scene in theepisode IV. In the original version of the film, Han shot Greedo without warning, but since the 2004 edition, he has responded to a shot from his enemy. A sacrilege according to some fans, that Solo tried to repair.
From Rogue One
Present in Rogue One as a supporter of Saw Gerrera, Benthic is also among the “Cloud-Riders” of Solo.
The origin of Han’s blaster
When Beckett disassembles a sniper rifle into a blaster (which would become Han’s iconic weapon), it is a reference to Blackmail to Murder (1968), in which Frank Sinatra did the opposite, mounting his pistol into a rifle. sniper.
On board the Millennium Falcon, Qi’ra tries on a cape that is none other than the one worn by Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back.
“We say ‘Han’
In the original trilogy, Billy Dee Williams (Lando) pronounced “Hene” to mean “Han”. A criticism often criticized in the films, but here corrected since Han takes Lando who orally flays his first name.
When droid L3-37 tells Lando, “we don’t serve your gender here” at, it’s a reference to A New Hope, when a bartender announces to Luke that C-3PO is not welcome.
The Professor Jones Artifact
As for Dryden Vos, his living room includes a nod to Indiana Jones with the presende of the fertility idol of Raiders of the Lost Ark.