When the first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story was revealed, fans immediately took notice of the sleeker design for the Millenium Falcon. Back in the first Star Wars film, Luke Skywalker is unimpressed by the ship when he first sees it but he definitely would have liked this version more. Like all major changes to Star Wars, there is a storyline reason as to why the ship looks like this and it’s an interesting one.
Jon Kasdan, one of the writers for Solo, told Entertainment Weekly that it looks sleek since it’s meant to reflect the owner’s personality. As any Star Wars fan will tell you, the ship originally belonged to Lando, played by Donald Glover in the spinoff. While Han mostly used it for smuggling, Lando probably used it as a party vessel, which makes sense.
Here is Kasdan’s statement:
“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. One of the things Larry and I had talked about was the Falcon should always reflect the personality of its captain.”
It’s pretty easy for fans to piece how the Millenium Falcon degrades to its more iconic model, due to Han and Chewbacca living the smuggler life for a long time. Still, the new one does look cool and should please fans who are planning to get any merchandise related to it.
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