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Han Solo: We're gonna win.
Qi'ra: It’s not that kind of game, Han. The objective is not to win but to stay in it as long as you can.

It is a lawless time.
CRIME SYNDICATES compete for
resources - food, medicine, and HYPERFUEL.

On the shipbuilding planet of CORELLIA,
the foul LADY PROXIMA forces runaways into a life
of crime in exchange for shelter and protection.

On these mean streets, a young man fights for
survival, but yearns to fly among the stars...
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Solo: A Star Wars Story, marketed as Star Wars: Solo or simply Solo, is a 2018 film directed by Ron Howardnote  and written by Lawrence & Jonathan Kasdan. It is the second entry in the Star Wars Anthology series after Rogue One, the tenth Star Wars live action film and the fourth to be produced by Disney.

Themed as a Space Western (with many elements of The Caper IN SPACE!), the film follows a young Han Solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich), as he leaves his hellhole homeworld of Corellia behind, enlists in the Imperial military then deserts and talks his way onto a Caper Crew, along with the likes of Wookiee Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), in hopes of scrounging together enough credits to buy a ship and realize his dream of becoming the best pilot in the galaxy on his own. All the young scoundrel has to do is go through crime syndicates, marauders and the Imperial Navy. Simple, right?

The film also stars Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett and Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra. Paul Bettany, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton, Erin Kellyman, Ian Kenny and Clint Howard round out the cast.

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The film released on May 25, 2018. The world premiere happened at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2018.

Its story is followed by Rebels, Rogue One and A New Hope, while the film is followed by The Rise of Skywalker in production order.

Not to be confused with the 1996 film by the same name about a combat android in South America.

Previews: Super Bowl TV spot, Teaser, Trailer.


Solo: A Star Wars Story contains examples of:

  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Beckett and his crew talking about their personal motivations the night before the Train Job.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Enfys Nest's gang, the Cloud-Riders, were a straightforward gang of pirate marauders in Legends - here they're a group of nascent Rebels who try to seek to protect the innocent both from the Empire and from criminals like Dryden.
  • Advertised Extra: Beckett's partner and lover Val (played by Thandie Newton) appears in several trailers and posters, but she doesn't survive the Train Job on Vandor-1.
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  • Aerith and Bob: As per the norm for Star Wars. Of the human protagonists alone we have the normal-sounding names of Han Solo and Tobias Beckett mixed in with the sci-fi names of Qi'ra and Lando Calrissian. For viewers in Ireland, though, Qi'ra is on the other side, as it's pronounced the same as Ciara.
  • Affably Evil: The Imperial officer handling Han's enlistment is rather chipper and polite, very unlike the Empire personnel in previous films whose most prominent dialogue are usually variations of "You Rebel Scum!". It makes sense since the Empire has to attract recruits.
  • Afro Asskicker: Val has a curly afro and is also an Action Girl.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: When L3 deactivates the restraining bolts of the control room droids on Kessel, they immediately begin smashing consoles, freeing the slaves, and causing total chaos.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Beckett meets his death at the end of Han's blaster, but it's not portrayed as much of a victory.
  • All Myths Are True: Downplayed. Despite not even hearing which "story" Han's heard about him, Lando immediately claims every story people have heard about him actually happened.
    Han: I heard a story about you, I was wondering if it was true.
    Lando: Everything you've heard about me is true.
  • All There in the Manual: Downplayed, as the manual in this case is the Expanded Universe rather than supplemental material. The Wham Shot near the end of the film of Maul as the boss of Crimson Dawn will need serious explaining to any Star Wars fan who is only familiar with the live action films. Maul's survival and return to power were detailed in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • The Alleged Car: The Millennium Falcon is practically a work of art when she first shows up on screen, but going through an intense firefight during the escape from Kessel, a harrowing chase through the Maelstrom by a pack of TIE fighters, several high speed collisions (including a long slide that tears off half the landing gear), and being grappled and munched by a giant space squid thing while trying to escape from a black hole, leaves her as an absolute wreck by the time Lando takes her away near the end of the film. Lando is not pleased, to say the least.
  • Alliterative Title: Solo: A Star Wars Story.
  • Analogy Backfire: When the Millennium Falcon is under TIE Fighter pursuit, Beckett makes a few analogies that are lost on Han.
    Han: Beckett, you see them? They still on us? Beckett, do you hear me? Are they on us?
    Beckett: Like rashnolds on a kalak.
    Han: I-I don't know what that means.
    Beckett: Like a gingleson's pelt.
    Han: Wha— are they or aren't they?!
    Beckett: Yes, they're still on us!
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: In this installment, greater focus is on the criminal element, showing how much it has thrived under the Empire.
  • Androids Are People, Too: L3-37 strongly believes this, urging fellow droids to stand up for themselves and resist their programming when it's harmful. In the Kessel mines' control center, she instigates a full-scale revolt by freeing a droid who then frees its fellows, along with the organic slaves there.
  • Anyone Can Die: If the character isn't in the original movies, there's no guarantee of survival. The body count is lower than Rogue One, but this still includes four characters in the poster above.
  • Arc Welding: The ending ties it pretty tightly to the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, with Maul apparently having escaped to rebuild his criminal empire, after the Shadow Collective was all but destroyed in Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir.
  • Asteroid Thicket: The Kessel Run is this on steroids, with dangerous debris everywhere, carbon masses colliding, gigantic space cephalopods, and black holes that suck everything in.
  • Badass Cape: Lando has a closet full of capes on the Falcon, one of which Qi'ra uses as part of her disguise to allow her into one of the Kessel mines.
  • Backup Bluff: When confronted by the Cloud-Riders, Han tries to bluff them by saying there are thirty armed men aboard the Falcon who will come running at his call. The Falcon promptly takes off.
  • Bait the Dog: Beckett is first seen in the Battle of Mimban, dual-wielding pistols in spectacular fashion while nearly everyone else on the battlefield is either screaming and running or getting killed and noting how much he likes Han when Solo comes up to him after the battle. The moment that Han figures out Beckett is a deserter wearing a stolen uniform, Beckett calls the other officers over, tells them Han is the deserter, and walks off while they throw Han into a pit to be Fed to the Beast.
  • Base on Wheels: Dryden Vos headquarters in his luxury yacht of a ship.
  • Bar Full of Aliens:
    • Dryden Vos's luxury yacht of a ship has one of these including the requisite alien band. The guys wait here for Dryden Vos to appear.
    • There's also the seedy dive where Han meets Lando.
  • Batman Gambit: How Han was able to trick Dryden Vos and Beckett into thinking the coaxium delivered to them was fake, when it was actually the real thing. He knew Beckett was aligned with Vos and would tell him about the Cloud-Riders and how much of a trickster Han was, knew Vos wouldn't trust Qi'ra anymore and rely more on Beckett's word, and knew Vos and his men would assault the Cloud-Riders for the coaxium they supposedly have because of their opposition to him. Beckett chides Han for not taking his "assume everyone is out to betray you" admonishment to heart, and Han retorts that not only did he really, but took Beckett's admonishment to Chewie about people being predictable to heart too.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: The first indication that Enfys Nest is a good person is when she removes her helmet to reveal that she's not a hideous alien or grizzled old man but a pretty young girl.
  • Big Bad: Dryden Vos is the one who gives Han and the others a job. He's also the central antagonist and a major figure in the Crimson Dawn syndicate.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle: At first, Enfys Nest is the most prominent physical threat to Han and his companions. Then Vos is introduced as a major potential problem for Han. Ultimately, Han betrays Vos to side with Enfys, leaving Vos to take the Big Bad status. After he's dealt with, Beckett, who has double-crossed everyone, becomes the Final Boss.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Han not only splits ways with Qi'ra, but ends up betrayed by Beckett, the latter of whom he is forced to kill in a duel, and both Qi'ra and Beckett end up shattering Han's idealism and turn him into the cynical smuggler he is in the Original Trilogy. On the other hand, the events of the movie are why he and Chewie are friends in the first place, and making him acquaintances with Lando Calrissian, who provides him with none other than the Millennium Falcon, the ship that will go on to save the galaxy time and time again.
  • Bowdlerise: In March 2018, Disney announced it would be altering the film's Brazilian poster to remove the blasters to present a more family-friendly image. This came after a string of shooting massacres in the United States.
  • Black and Grey Morality: Most of the characters in the movie are some variety of criminal, with varying degrees of ruthlessness. Han, Chewie, Lando, and L3 are all Loveable Rogues, but none of them hesitate to sign up with seedy crime lords for their own purposes. Beckett and Qi'ra are backstabbing thieves with no allegiance to anyone but themselves, and Dryden is an unhinged criminal mastermind. The Empire are obviously still the bad guys, but even the ultimately noble Cloud-Riders are pretty ruthless in pursuit of their goals.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Val is the first significant human character to die.
  • The Bus Came Back:
  • Butt-Monkey: Lando. Over the course of the film he loses his best friend and co-pilot, gets shot in the arm, gets his ship wrecked making the Kessel Run, and then ultimately losing the ship to Han.
  • Call-Back:
    • The reveal of the Summa-verminoth in the Maw is similar to how the Colo Claw Fish is introduced in The Phantom Menace, with the crew of a ship flying/diving into a dark area before their vehicle loses power. After fixing the circuits and the lights turning back on, they find themselves coming face to face with a gigantic monster. And incidentally Dryden is eating Colo Claw Fish sashimi when they meet him next.
    • Once again, Maul is the leader of a massive criminal syndicate.
  • Call-Forward:
    • The movie shows us how Han made the Kessel run in 12 parsecs using the Millennium Falcon.
    • Before seeing the Falcon, Han calls it a "piece of junk".
    • Han quips "Oh yeah? Watch this!" during the opening speeder chase, something he'll say in The Empire Strikes Back during the escape from Hoth.
    • When Han introduces himself to Lando, Lando intentionally mispronounces his name ("Han" in a way that rhymes with "can", instead of the correct "Han" rhymes with "con"), just like he does in the Original Trilogy—but Han says it's fine.
    • During his first game of Sabacc with Lando, Han claims that he has a Corellian VCX-100 light freighter that he's betting on the game, which is the same model of starship as the Ghost.
    • Chewie plays dejarik again. Only this time, it's with Tobias Beckett, but the latter beats him with the exact same move like R2-D2 will in that film. As a result, Chewie goes berserk, which also happened in the same movie.
      Tobias: No, you can't wipe them off. They're holograms.
    • Also, in A New Hope, Han warns C-3PO that when Chewie gets very upset, he'll most likely rip someone's arms off. In this movie, we get to see Chewie doing exactly that, right in front of Han, no less!
    • Lando may not be fond of mining colonies like the one on Kessel, but he'll run one, Bespin's Cloud City, by the time of The Empire Strikes Back. To make it even funnier, in the Legends continuity he ended up running not one, but two other mining operations after Cloud City...and one of them was Kessel itself.
    • Lady Proxima is a large Starfish Alien gangster and mob boss who resembles some kind of giant insect or invertebrate, like Jabba the Hutt - Jabba is something like a giant slug with arms, Proxima is close to a giant centipede.
    • Han and Chewie using a Trojan Prisoner gambit to reach their objective like they would in A New Hope.
    • Tobias's disguise on Kessel is the same Lando would use to infiltrate Jabba's palace and help rescue Han in Return of the Jedi.
    • Han using the Falcon to smack a TIE Fighter during a dogfight is something Hera would later do with the Ghost in Rebels Season 4.
    • The line in a trailer, "I thought we were in trouble for a second, but it's fine. We're fine." is delivered in a similar fashion to Han's "Everything's perfectly all right now, we're all fine." from A New Hope.
    • L3 is sadly destroyed and her memory core is uploaded to the Falcon. Years later, C-3PO will complain about the Falcon's uncooperative and rude main computer.
    • One of the Cloud-Riders is Benthic "Two Tubes" before he was a member of Saw Gerrera's partisan gang. Another is a Rodian, the same species as Greedo.
    • Han shot Tobias - first.
    • Enfys Nest reveals that Crimson Dawn would steal resources from poor planets; the resources would then find themselves in the Galactic Empire's possession, which is used to build a powerful weapon with a circular shape - the Death Star.
    • While Lando is contemplating the tremendous damage done to the Falcon, Han happily approaches him. We get the following dialogue:
      Lando: I hate you.
      Han: I know.
    • When Han finds Lando in the ending, Han pretends to be upset and attempts to fistfight Lando, only to reveal that he's just messing with him. Lando would then do the same to Han when they meet again in The Empire Strikes Back.
    • As in A New Hope, a tracker is planted on the Falcon.
    • When Han bluffs Proxima, his weapon of choice is a thermal detonator - just like Leia would later use in Jabba's Palace. (Of course, Leia used a real one.)
    • At the start of the film, Han is wearing a white vest over a black shirt, the inverse of what he wears in A New Hope.
    • There are several lingering shots of Han's lucky dice charm, and idea of using it as a Tragic Keepsake to remember Han by (as will eventually happen after his death in The Force Awakens) is even brought up.
    • Maul has the same cane-lightsaber that he will use in Star Wars Rebels.
    • At about 2:52 into the track "Savareen Standoff" on the score, listen closely and you can hear the first five notes from the "March of the Resistance" leitmotif from the sequel trilogy.
    • Han claims to have "just made the Kessel run in twelve parsecs.", to which Chewbacca objects and Han comments "Not if you round down.", thus combining both the "Han boasts to make himself look good." and "Han really is (nearly) that good." theories concerning the scene of A New Hope.
    • Han kills his own father-figure in the climax and holds him in his arms after striking the fatal blow. Many years later, the same will happen to Han himself at the hands of his own actual son.
    • Enfys Nest tells Han "the war is just beginning", a line of dialogue Luke would later say verbatim to Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi.
  • The Cameo:
    • Anthony Daniels as the character named "Tak". It's the third time he appears in a Star Wars movie without playing C-3PO, after appearing as "Dannl Faytonni" in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
    • At the very end, Ray Park and Sam Witwer, performing the role of Maul together for the very first time.
    • Ron Howard's wife, Cheryl, appears in a deleted scene as a female Imperial officer identified in the official guidebook as "Ardwyl Hercho", an anagram for "Cheryl Howard".
  • Canon Immigrant: We finally get to see the Imperial Infantry, the Astra Militarum to the Stormtroopers' Tempestus Scions.
  • Captain's Log: Lando tries to record one on Kessel, but gets interrupted when the mission goes Off the Rails.
  • Card Games: Sabacc is the Star Wars equivalent of poker.
  • Ceiling Smash: Chewbacca throws a Stormtrooper into the cave ceiling while fighting his way through a Kessel mine.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • When Han first sees the Falcon, he immediately notices that the ship has been heavily modified from its stock configuration, and Lando explains that he added a large escape pod between the mandibles that he uses as additional living space. While they are being chased by the Summa-verminoth, Han launches the escape pod to draw the beast towards the Maw.
    • During the first game of sabacc, Lando hides a clip up his sleeve, loaded with an extra card so he can cheat. He tries to use it again in the rematch, but Han spots it and swipes the card without Lando noticing.
    • The quintessential version when Dryden Vos, after killing the regional governor, orders his dagger to be placed in his office because he might need it again. Sure enough he uses it in the final fight with Han.
  • Chekhov's Skill: During the Kessel heist, Qi'ra shows herself to be quite proficient in the martial art Teräs Käsi. She puts those skills to use during the fight with Dryden during the climax of the movie.
  • Chiaroscuro: A lot of the movie has very little lighting overall, especially during the indoor scenes.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Practically the whole main cast has this. Beckett even warns Han not to trust anyone. In the climax of the film, Lando deserts Han; Han, Chewie, and Qi'ra double-cross Vos; Beckett double-crosses Han and Vos (though Han accounted for this likelihood); and Qi'ra abandons Han, kills Vos, and takes over his position within Crimson Dawn.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation:
    • Robbie Thompson wrote a seven issue series for Marvel.
    • Alessandro Ferrari wrote a graphic novel aimed at children for IDW Publishing.
  • Coming in Hot: As if getting shredded in the Maelstrom isn't bad enough, the Falcon also has a rough landing when she finally reaches Savareen.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The Millennium Falcon gradually turns from a luxury ship in pristine condition into the piece of junk it's famous for in the Original Trilogy. Han pulls some extreme maneuvers that heavily damage the ship while navigating in the Akkadese Maesltrom after escaping Kessel, and makes a rough landing on Savareen. It also loses its radar dish... once again.
    • During one of those maneuvers, Tobias injects the engines with unrefined coaxium to give the Falcon a Nitro Boost. The result is a familiar engine-failure sound right before the Falcon blasts out of a black hole.
    • Bossk, a Transdoshan who would later become one of the bounty hunters hired by the Empire to track down the Millennium Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back, is name-dropped as one of the possible crewmates for Tobias's train job. Ironically, the person who takes Bossk's place is Han Solo, whom he would later be hired to track down some thirteen years later.
    • Tobias also considers the Xan sisters. Val's goggles that she wears in the film belonged to one of the sisters before she "borrowed" them.
    • Tam Posla, a background character from Rogue One, also shows up as a spectator watching Lando's first game of Sabacc with Han.
    • Beckett claims to have killed Aurra Sing, the bounty hunter who mentored a young Boba Fett during the Clone Wars, who first appeared as a background character in The Phantom Menace.
    • Kessel is controlled by the Pyke Syndicate, a recurring criminal gang from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
    • When listing the Imperial stations where coaxium could be stolen, one of those is the vault on Scarif, where the climactic battle of Rogue One will occur.
    • A heroic version of "The Imperial March" (similar to the one played in the "Empire Day" episode of Star Wars Rebels) plays in the Imperial recruitment video inside Coronet Spaceport.
    • Maul has the same cybernetic legs and kimono-like outfit that he wore in The Clone Wars.
    • It was noted in A New Hope that stormtroopers do not form the primary ranks of the Imperial Army, and are, in fact, supposed to be Elite Mooks. This finally plays out with the introduction of the Imperial Infantry, who, as shown in the Battle of Mimban, are mostly green conscripts like Han and really are so terrified, untrained, and incompetent that Stormtroopers qualify as elite soldiers by comparison.
    • Felucia is mentioned as the planet where Lando set things straight with the Crimson Dawn in their previous cooperation. It is the tropical jungle planet on which Aayla Secura is executed by Clone Troopers during Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith.
    • Dryden Vos's trophies include a Sith holocron and a set of Mandalorian armor (like Boba Fett's). One of his servants is also a member of the Decraniated, the people who had parts or all of their heads removed and showed up briefly as background extras in Rogue One.
    • Rebels shows that bribing a Stormtrooper is a bad idea. Here, bribing an Imperial officer is an even worse idea, as the officer only pretends to accept the bribe before betraying the briber.
    • The novelization goes on to show that the Cloud Riders pass on the coaxium given to them by Han to none other than Saw Gerrera and Jyn Erso.
    • Maul is already being hunted by the Empire and has killed at least one Inquisitor, as closer inspection reveals that he's already got the broken Inquisitor-saber he'll later use in Rebels.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Han has intended to search for someone for years, and suddenly a long series of random events forces them to meet up and do a job together (neither party was actively looking for the other at the time this happened). It seems highly unlikely in such a broad setting.
  • Cool Ship: A given for a Star Wars movie. Vos's yacht/mobile headquarters, the First Light, is especially cool. As is Lando's souped-up Millennium Falcon, at least until Han does the Kessel Run in it. Well, it still ends up the "piece of junk" Falcon we all know and love.
  • Cool Train: The target of the film's first heist, the Conveyex, an armored train that glides on magnetic rails, with wagons both above and below the rails.
  • Cradling Your Kill: Han holds Beckett as he dies, after shooting him (first). Beckett was a mentor to Han, and Han was grieved that Beckett betrayed him and that he was forced to kill him.
  • Crapsack World:
    • Under the Empire, Corellia is a poverty-ridden urban hellhole dominated by criminal gangs who are in a trust or collaborate with the government, and the shipyards — once the planet's pride and joy — have been co-opted to support its massive war machine. Moreover, the control of the Galaxy as a whole is divided between the Empire and powerful criminal gangs, neither of whom make life easy for people of low station.
    • Kessel is pretty crappy as well.
      Lando: Mining colonies are the worst.
  • Creator Cameo: Behind the camera, even! While visiting the set, George Lucas was invited to direct a scene on the Millennium Falcon.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The Summa-verminoth, the creature Han and crew encounter in the Maw. The creature is pulled into the event horizon of a black hole and spends a solid minute struggling not to get sucked in. It gets visibly fried while still alive, and is pulled into the black hole, one layer at a time starting with its skin. The skeleton is then mulched by the gravity well as it finally gets sucked in.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Right at the moment when Dryden's guards realize that they've been had, the Cloud-Riders demolish them in less than a minute without apparently suffering any losses at all.
  • Dark Reprise: The song that plays as Qi'ra takes control of Crimson Dawn and prepares to call Maul (can be heard at the end of "Testing Allegiance") is a dramatic, sorrowful, and ominous remix of Han and Qi'ra's dreamy love theme from earlier in the film.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Enfys Nest is deliberately set up as this - dark armor with a mask, a cape, a deep, filtered voice, and an impressive weapon - which makes it all the more surprising when she turns out to be a good guy.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: On Mimban, Tobias and his crew use stolen Imperial Army uniforms (taken off dead Imperial officers) to infiltrate their forward operating base. Han notices the blaster marks on the uniforms and immediately deduces their intentions.
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: At the end of the movie, Qi'ra pins the deaths of Dryden and all his men on Beckett, who she knows is about to be killed by Han.
  • Decomposite Character: Garris Shrike, Han's mentor from Legends, has his role essentially split into two characters here. Lady Proxima fulfills the role of The Fagin who uses Han and his fellow street urchins as her slaves, while Beckett takes his place in every other regard, especially as the mentor-figure who has a You Wouldn't Shoot Me confrontation with Han in the finale.
  • Disney Villain Death: In this film, it's revealed that the bounty hunter Aurra Sing died this way at the hands of Tobias Beckett. He points out that he didn't kill her, the fall did after he "pushed her".
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: L3-37 has to cut through the fence where the Falcon is impounded, but says she "can't do it with everyone watching". From their POV the android looks like someone urinating on a fence.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Solo is Han's last name, but this movie can also be described as a standalone, or "solo" movie, like Rogue One before it.
  • Dressing as the Enemy:
    • Tobias, Val, and Rio dress as Imperials while on Mimban.
    • During the slave/droid revolt on Kessel, Han wears the uniform of one of the guards to get into the coaxium storage. He's nearly found out by another guard when he doesn't understand what the latter is saying.
  • Eldritch Location: To complete the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs, Han ends up flying through the Maw — a collection of black holes, giant planet-sized chunks of ice and rock, winds and space storms, and giant tentacled horrors.
  • Elite Mooks: The Cloud-Riders function as this at first, giving Han and the crew way more trouble than the Imperial soldiers, and are directly responsible for the deaths of Rio and Val. It later turns out that they're actually the good guys, and consequently switch from this trope to Badass Army.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Though it had been established in Expanded Universe materials that women served in the Empire without issue, Solo is chronologically the first Star Wars movie to depict female Imperials.
  • Enemy Mine: Briefly discussed in the climax. After Beckett betrays them both, Dryden Vos offers to Han that they align together to get even with Beckett first. Han entertains the offer but realizes that it’s just a ploy to trick him into getting out of cover first, and resumes fighting Vos.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • For the twelve people on the planet who still needed an introduction to Han Solo, the opening of this movie has him 1) steal a Cool Car landspeeder from a gangster, 2) make out with a hot girl after charming her with an incredibly expensive gift he stole from their gangster boss, 3) get chewed out by said gangster boss, 4) beat up one of her guards with his own weapon, 5) threaten his boss with a (fake) thermal detonator, and 6) escape from said gangster boss with his girlfriend in said stolen landspeeder by driving like a maniac through a busy highway and into an active factory. All in the first ten minutes of the movie.
    • Beckett appears silhouetted against an explosion in the Battle of Mimban, fighting Guns Akimbo to deadly effect while everyone else is in various degrees of panic. The moment that Han tries to blackmail him, Beckett doesn't hesitate to use his (fake) officer credentials to have Han thrown into a pit to be Fed to the Beast.
    • The first we see of Dryden Vos is one of his servants mention that he's "done negotiating" with a regional governor. And by "negotiating" with the man, we mean literally the first shot we see of Vos is him ripping his blades out of the guy's chest. Not only that, but he's also breathing heavily, suggesting that he is either seriously pissed off or seriously enjoyed murdering the guy. Or both.
    • This also has the benefit of establishing just how powerful the Crimson Dawn criminal empire really is: Vos killed a regional Imperial governor by his own hand, at a well-attended party. It won't be hard to determine how the governor was killed (by any Imperial investigators that bother to look). Vos simply doesn't care as either the Empire will look the other way, or his superiors will protect him. Either way, wow. Vos killed an Imperial elite, and has no foreseeable comeuppance coming from the Empire. That's power.
  • Every Man Has His Price: Han and Qi'ra bribe their way past the emigration officer in the Imperial control zone, using a vial of coaxium.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Qi'ra has shoulder-length hair with a thick fringe in the prologue. When she meets up with Han three years later, her hair has grown longer and the fringe is kept off her forehead.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Apparently, the entire Imperial infantry did this on Mimban. Only Han noticed that Tobias's uniform had blaster marks, but Beckett wasn't injured.
  • False Flag Operation: Beckett's gang has to carry out the heist on Kessel while doing their best to hide the fact that Dryden Vos and the Crimson syndicate are behind it, since the Pyke syndicate, which controls the mines of Kessel, is in a truce with the Crimson Dawn.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: L3-37's arms and legs are noticeably not the same on both sides. It's not explained in the movie, but the reason for this is that L3 has repeatedly been upgrading herself by replacing her body parts with parts scavenged from other fallen droids.
  • Fed to the Beast: For deserting the army, Han is dumped into an enclosure with a "beast" that hasn't eaten in three days. The "beast" is Chewbacca.
  • Fembot: A downplayed example, although she doesn't look particularly feminine (or humanoid), Lando's droid L3-37 is the first main droid character in the series with explicitly feminine programming, with the only others in the main films being the minor droids EV-9D9 in Return of the Jedi, TC-14 in The Phantom Menace, and FLO the waitress at Dex's diner in Attack of the Clones.
  • Foregone Conclusion:
    • Han, Chewie and Lando will survive this film; Han and Chewie will gain ownership of the Millennium Falcon.
    • Han mentions in The Empire Strikes Back that he won the ship from Lando "fair and square" (over a game of Sabacc as revealed in this film). The film tries to play with this by having Lando win the match though cheating. When Han has a rematch with him in the ending, he's figured out Lando's trick and finally wins the ship from him "fair and square".
    • Han's optimism and brighter personality will be eventually tempered by forces out of his control, as A New Hope establishes Han as the cynical smuggler who isn't a team player and is Only in It for the Money.
    • The romance between Han and Qi'ra is ultimately going to fall apart, since Han and Leia are the Official Couple of the Original Trilogy.
    • Whatever plans that Maul has will eventually be for naught, since we've already seen him die at some point after this film, and for some time before that he was seemingly bereft of any criminal syndicate resources.
    • The film ends with Han and Chewie flying to Tatooine to work for a certain "big-shot gangster" who can safely assumed to be Jabba the Hut. However, we already know Han will end up in debt to Jabba by the time of A New Hope.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The Crimson Dawn syndicate sounds like they ripped off their name from the Black Sun syndicate. Given that Maul turns out to be in charge of Crimson Dawn, just as he was in charge of Black Sun before they split, it was probably intentional naming by him.
    • Additionally, what kind of planet would have a crimson dawn? The red planet Dathomir, with its deep crimson atmosphere- Maul's homeworld.
    • Dryden says he can't officially condone the coaxium heist from Kessel because he has an alliance with the Pykes. Attentive viewers will be reminded of the Shadow Collective, AKA the massive criminal conglomerate that was assembled and led by Maul.
    • When Han first arrives at Lady Proxima's lair at the beginning of the movie, two of the kids can be heard playing sabacc in the background: one of them wins with a hand called "Full Sabacc" and the other one accuses him of cheating. During Han and Lando's first sabacc game, Lando wins with a "Full Sabacc"... which he obtains by cheating.
    • Vos has red double-bladed vibro-daggers, and Qi'ra mentions learning Teräs Käsi from him. Vos serves Maul, who was a practitioner of Teräs Käsi in Legends and has a red double-bladed lightsaber.
    • Vos' scars look like someone raked a lightsaber across his face, and he says he knows the price of failure. Maul would be the kind of person who would punish that way. The scars down his face also visually resemble Maul's facial markings.
    • Part of Vos' collection appears to be a large Sith holocron. Which makes sense, because his boss is a former Sith lord.
    • With its orchestral chanting, Enfys Nest's theme sounds similar to "Duel of the Fates", a piece of music heavily associated with Darth Maul.
    • The singers doing the Ominous Latin Chanting in Enfys Nest's leitmotif sound very notably young and female.
    • The audience will probably join Dryden in wondering how Han was able to make convincing fake coaxium so easily. That's because he didn't.
    • For someone who claims to care about others, Beckett sure gets over the deaths of Val and Rio easily. So it's not much surprise when he betrays Han to Vos in the climax.
    • While teaching Chewie how to play dejarik, Beckett tells him to anticipate his opponent and plan a few moves ahead. Little does he know that Han will do that to him.
  • Genre-Busting: Much like previous Star Wars films, it's been described as a Space Western, blending Western tropes, elements of heist and crime-based stories, and the classic Space Opera genre.
  • Gilligan Cut: Han enlists in the Imperial navy on Corellia, stating that he's going to be a pilot. Cut to three years later, and he's a ground trooper in the trenches of a chaotic war zone. (On the other hand, the Imperial recruiter did promise Han "We'll have you flying in no time" and that one explosion did send Han flying, so at least that part was accurate.)
  • Good All Along: The Cloud-Riders are a nascent rebel cell fighting the Empire, the group's members composed of people who suffered under the Empire or its criminal cartels' rule.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Despite being Good All Along, the Cloud-Riders are absolutely ruthless in the pursuit of their goals, attacking Beckett's first crew without hesitation (killing Rio in the process) during the Conveyex heist and seemingly killing every last one of Dryden's guards after outwitting them in the climax.
  • "Good Luck" Gesture: Lando and L3-37's exchange before making the jump to lightspeed is probably a pre-flight ritual they've done hundreds of times. It was actually first seen on film in Return of the Jedi, between Lando and Han.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • This time it's not Emperor Palpatine, but his former apprentice Maul, who has become a crime lord and is Vos's superior, meaning the whole operation was indirectly his doing. With that said, he only appears via hologram for one scene and Han has no idea who was behind it all along.
    • Also, of course, The Empire, who tyrannically rule the galaxy during this period, making them about the Greatest Scope Villains you could get. They turn up a few times to do generic villain stuff: trying to capture Han and Qi'ra in the prologue, spreading military propaganda, recruiting mooks (and demoting those who show a mind of their own, according to Han), invading a planet, imprisoning Chewie, trying to feed Han to Chewie as punishment for desertion, and finally turning up to antagonise Han and his comrades during the famous Kessel Run, plus they're mentioned as having massacred or otherwise oppressed the various homeworlds of the Cloud-Riders, prompting them to found a rebellion. Nonetheless, despite being recurring antagonists, the self-contained main plot of the movie barely concerns them.
  • Gun Twirling: Tobias Beckett can draw and holster with style. Han is impressed and asks him for some pointers, which he flatly refuses.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place:
    Lando: [L3] says we're approaching The Maw.
    Beckett: That doesn't sound like something we wanna be approaching.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: "I'm gonna be a pilot. Best in the galaxy."
  • Instantly Proven Wrong:
    • As they are leaving Kessel and see the Imperial blockade, Han assures the others they won't bother sending TIE fighters after a freighter like them. Cue TIE fighters.
    • Later when confronted by the Cloud-Riders, Han tries to pull a Backup Bluff on them, saying there are thirty armed men aboard the Falcon who will come running at his call. The Falcon promptly takes off.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Han understands Shyriiwook and can even speak some, which saves him from suffocating in the mud at the hands of Chewbacca.
  • Internal Reveal: Played with. Maul's return is a legitimate shock to the audience, and is rightfully portrayed as such. Unlike the audience, however, Qi'ra doesn't know who quite who she's dealing with until he grabs his lightsaber with the Force and ignites it.
  • Interquel: The story takes place 10 BBY, nine years after the rise of the Empire in Revenge of the Sith, and a decade before Han and Chewbacca meet Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine in A New Hope.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Enfys Nest declares such after realizing it is too late to steal the coaxium and that all her efforts have been in vain. Entering the cantina Han and his associates were just in with her gang.
  • I Shall Return: Han's Love Interest Qi'ra is captured as they're on the verge of escaping from Corellia. He swears he will return for her as she's dragged off, even joining the Imperial military to become a pilot. After deserting and hooking up with a Caper Crew to get enough money for a spaceship so he can return to Corella to keep his promise, he's surprised to encounter Qi'ra sooner than he expects, working as a lieutenant in the criminal organisation that employs them. Han doesn't listen when it's pointed out that Qi'ra may not be the same innocent girl he once knew.
  • "Join the Army", They Said: The Empire has some nice recruiting advertisements. Cut to three years later, with troopers unglamorously dying in the mud on Mimban and Han trying to survive in this hell.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Han's plan at the end was to trick Vos and Tobias into believing that the coaxium was fake so that Vos's men would be distracted when they find that the boxes they found were empty and are not ready for the Cloud-Riders to attack them leaving Vos and Tobias alone aside from two Mooks.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence:
    • An Imperial officer gets blown up mid-rallying cry on Mimban.
      Han: Where are we going?
      Officer: Just over that ridge! Victory is—(BOOM)
    • Beckett gets fatally shot by Han mid-speech.
  • Kneel Before Zod: During their Trojan Prisoner gambit, Han and Chewie are forced to their knees by mooks with shock prods.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After cheating to win their first game of Sabacc and abandoning the others to face the Cloud-Riders and Crimson Dawn on their own, Lando loses the Millennium Falcon to Han in a rematch because Han stole his extra card beforehand.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The fact that Maul is alive may surprise anyone who hasn't watched either Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels.
  • Later Installment Weirdness:
    • This is the first Star Wars film where C-3PO and R2-D2 don't appear, even in a cameo (though Anthony Daniels does show up briefly).
    • Similarly, the first Star Wars film where none of the Original Trilogy actors reprise their roles in any fashion.
    • It's also the first Star Wars movie where no Skywalker family member is seen or mentioned whatsoever.
    • Also, the first Star Wars film without any use of lightsabers in battle.
    • It's the first Star Wars movie where an actual war is not part of the main plot. The Mimban campaign makes a brief but memorable appearance, but none of the main characters actually have any investment in it except for trying to get the hell away as far as possible. No Rebels appear except Enfys Nest and her Cloud-Riders.
    • It's also the first film where the Force isn't mentioned anywhere and where no Force-sensitive individual is seen in action apart from Maul's very brief scene at the end. For that matter, the word "Jedi" is not pronounced anywhere. Although, those that have read Expanded Universe material get a major clue with the use of Teras Kasi, a martial art form known to be developed for use against Jedi, giving savvy viewers an indication that somewhere, a Force-user is involved.
    • Also, the first film in the franchise where the Running Gag of a character saying "I have a bad feeling about this!" Once an Episode is broken. Instead, the line is ironically inverted to "I have a really good feeling about this!".
  • L33t L1ng0: Lando's right-hand droid is named L3-37. 1337 is leetspeak for "leet/elite."
  • Lemming Cops: The TIE Fighters pursuing the Falcon blindly dive out of the Kessel Run safe lane and into the Maelstrom, where they stand an even smaller chance of surviving than their quarry.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: How Han gets his famous last name: while being recruited by the Empire, he's asked to enlist and only shares his first name (which could also be his only name). Since he's by himself, the recruitment officer improvises with "Han Solo".
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • The film is lighter in tone compared to the previous Anthology film, Rogue One, essentially being a Western-inspired crime caper (IN SPACE!), while Rogue One is a gritty war film.
    • It's also lighter than The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, the other two films since the Disney buyout. While they're lighter than Rogue One, they have very high stakes and go into some rather dark territory and themes (especially with Kylo Ren's scenes), and large amounts of death. While Solo does have some dark moments and quite a few deaths, it's much lower-stakes and (possibly excluding the Battle of Mimban) doesn't go as dark as the other two, rather being a mostly lighthearted Indiana Jones-esque film.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: The movie is set during a less chaotic time in the Galaxy, after the end of the Clone Wars and prior to the all-out war between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire. The plot focuses on Han's first ventures into the galaxy's criminal underworld and doesn't involve the Myth Arc of the Skywalker family.
  • Made of Explodium: Unrefined coaxium is extremely unstable. This is why Han has to make his famous "Kessel Run" to get the containers to a non-imperial refinery before they overheat and explode. Even refined coaxium blows up quite nicely. . . one train car full dropped down a chasm obliterates two-thirds of an entire mountain.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Rio gets shot in the shoulder but passes it off as Just a Flesh Wound. He dies minutes later.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Vos warns that, if they fail them, they'll be at the mercy of the criminal boss that he answers to. Turns out that "he" is none other than Maul himself.
  • Mauve Shirt: Beckett's original partners Val and Rio get a bit of characterization, but they don't survive the train heist.
  • Mêlée à Trois: The Mexican Standoff in the climax splinters into at least four opposing sides - Han and Chewie are double-crossed by Beckett, and Qi'ra reluctantly takes Vos' side. Then Han reveals that he predicted Beckett's betrayal ahead of time, and Beckett betrays Vos and leaves with the coaxium, setting up a threeway battle between Vos, Han, and Qi'ra, all of whom want to kill Beckett and take back the coaxium. Then Qi'ra pretends to betray Han, only to betray Vos for real, and then abandon Han after he leaves to hunt down Beckett.
  • Moment Killer: Tobias Beckett to Han and Qi'ra, twice: first aboard the Falcon and later on Savareen, both times by reminding them they have a mission.
  • Mucking in the Mud:
    • The battlefield on Mimban is directly comparable to WW1 fortifications: a series of trenches and foxholes in a huge swamp created by shelling and rain. Han is not enthused about being told to scout a nearby marsh.
      Han: Great. More mud.
    • There's also the execution pit Han is thrown into, wherein he meets Chewbacca.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Han was planning to do so with a guard in the Kessel mine elevator, but Chewbacca spoiled the opportunity by ripping the guard's arms off.
    Han: Great. Nice work, that guard was just the size of uniform I needed.
  • My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: L3 can detect Han's heart fluctuations whenever he's near Qi'ra.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In order to get Lando to bet the Falcon, Han bets a VCX-100 freighter (which he doesn't have), the same model of ship as the Ghost.
    • Various elements of the story seem to be inspired by The Han Solo Trilogy:
      • The idea of Han being in the Imperial military in the film is a definite nod. There are also a number of similarities between Tobias Beckett and Garris Shrike in terms of appearance, personality, and role in the story, as well as Qi'ra and Bria Tharen:
      • Beckett betrays Han, and dies in the same manner as Shrike—shot to death so that Han can escape to live his new life with Chewie as a smuggler, although unlike Shrike, Han greatly regrets how their relationship ends, and Beckett doesn't act as the cruel enslaver forcing street urchins to steal for him, that role being given to Lady Proxima instead.
      • Qi'ra, meanwhile, also hails from Corellia and is an early love Han gets separated from, and like Bria she grows to become a highly-placed member of an elite and clandestine organization competing with various crime syndicates for the materials and funding to support its secret goals, and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve them. Like Bria, she also betrays Han, but rather than the nascent Rebellion being her ultimate employer, it's a villainous organization—and one which actually has its origin in the Empire thanks to Maul—and in fact she ends up working at odds with the Cloud-Raiders, who are a Rebel precursor cell. Bria's team, incidentally, was called the Red Hand Squadron, while Qi'ra is part of the Crimson Dawn. In general, it feels as if the writers took a number of elements from the novels and either inverted them or divided them between several characters.
    • Lando namedrops Sharu, Oseon and the Starcave, three main settings of the The Lando Calrissian Adventures trilogy. The fact that he has a droid as a co-pilot, meanwhile, is a nod to Vuffi Raa.
    • L3 bears resemblance to LE-BO2D9, a.k.a. Leebo, Dash Rendar's droid copilot from Shadows of the Empire.
    • Beckett walks in on Han and Qi'ra kissing in a tucked away place in the Falcon.
    • When Qi'ra contacts her boss, Maul, he tells her to meet him on Dathomir, first identified as his home planet in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
    • Dryden's organization being called "The Crimson Dawn" sounds very similar to the Black Sun Syndicate from Legends and The Clone Wars. Given that Maul is holding the reins of both organizations, it's probably not a coincidence that they have similar names.
    • Solo is offered a place in the Rebellion at the end, and when he refuses, he's told that the spot is open if he reconsiders. The word "kid" is used.
    • As The Clone Wars fans will remember, this isn't the first time the Pykes have been allied with Maul's criminal organization.
    • Beckett tells Han that he has one last thing to teach him. Han shoots him first.
    • In the Legends continuity the Falcon's temperamental nature was chalked up to Han modifying her with non-compatible parts that were jury-rigged together simply because they were the best and most powerful he could get his hands on. Here he does largely the same thing: plugging L3's droid brain into the Falcon's main computer to use her specialized navigational systems.
    • Han being a talented pilot who was kicked out of the Imperial Academy and demoted down to a mere stormtrooper, only to end up as a vital part of the Empire's defeat, brings to mind Legends character Davin Felth.
    • Beckett says that he'll spend his retirement days on Glee Anselm: an ocean world and the Nautolan Jedi Master Kit Fisto's home planet.
    • The deformed Big Bad orders his dark-haired second-in-command to kill the main character, who they have feelings for, with a sword, only for the dark-haired second-in-command to turn on the villain and kill him with a blade, before taking his place and betraying the main character. Sound familiar?
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The original Caper Crew.
    • Nice: Rio, the most affable and easygoing of the three.
    • Mean: Val, who's openly contemptuous of Han.
    • In-Between: Beckett, who's gruff but acts as The Mentor for Han.
  • Nitro Boost: Beckett injects some drops of unrefined coaxium in the Millennium Falcon's engine, which gives the ship an acceleration boost that's powerful enough to escape the Maw.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Whatever it was that Han did during the Time Skip to get himself kicked out of the Naval Academy at Carida and reassigned to the Imperial Army. When asked, he only says that it involved him thinking for himself.
    • The film is the un-noodling of various Noodle Incidents that Han and Lando refer to in the original trilogy.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Lampshaded twice in the same scene where Han meets Lando for the first time. First, it's over the pronunciation of the card game, Sabacc, where Lando corrects Han's pronunciation. Then, Lando pronounces Han's name the way Billy Dee Williams pronounced it in the original trilogy, only for Han to correct him on it—then say it's okay.
  • Not His Sled: Long-time fans will know that Han won the Falcon from Lando in a game of Sabacc. This film pulls the rug out on the audience's expectations by having Han lose the initial card game to Lando (via cheating), only to win it in a rematch at the end of the movie.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Maul somehow managed to escape the destruction of the Shadow Collective and rebuild his criminal syndicate, and given that he's already got the broken Inquisitor-saber he'll later use in Rebels, he's already fought and killed at least one Inquisitor.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The look on the crew's faces when an Imperial Star Destroyer shows up to block their escape from Kessel.
    • Not long after the crew evade the Imperial Star Destroyer, when they restore power to the Falcon, they see a giant eyeball staring right at them.
    • Dryden has this reaction when he realizes that Han and Chewie have just tricked him into sending all of his guards after the fake coaxium, leaving him virtually defenseless.
    • You can see it really start to sink in for Qi'ra just how dangerous the leader of Crimson Dawn is when Maul ignites his lightsaber, revealing himself to be a Sith Lord.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Enfys Nest's leitmotif makes use of this, although the voices in it sound more younger and female than the classic version of the trope.
  • One Degree of Separation: Turns out just before he flew from one end of the galaxy to the other, Han worked with someone who worked for someone else who would all too eagerly show him how real the Force is.
  • Once per Episode:
    • Inverted: "I got a really good feeling about this."
    • The Millennium Falcon is - again - called a piece of junk.
  • Origins Episode: The film details Han's crapsack homeworld, how he and Chewie's legendary friendship came to be, how Han came to know Lando Calrissian, how he obtained the Millennium Falcon, and moreover, how Han embraced a career in the Galaxy's criminal underworld.
  • Out-Gambitted: Done at least twice. Han plans to betray Vos with a shipment of fake coaxium, only for Vos to spot the ruse thanks to Beckett informing on him. Then Han reveals that he knew Beckett would betray him, and the coaxium in the shipment he's giving to Vos is actually real.
  • Out of the Frying Pan: The Millennium Falcon crew successfully evades a squadron of TIE fighters chasing them in the Kessel Run... only to bump into the Summa-verminoth.
  • Parental Abandonment: Han apparently ended up on the streets by the age of ten. It's not stated exactly what happened with his parents (only his father is mentioned) but they seemingly died somehow and left him an orphan.
  • Plausible Deniability: The only reason Vos okays the Kessel heist is because Beckett and his crew aren't members of Crimson Dawn, so if they’re caught, it won't jeopardize his tenuous alliance with the Pyke Syndicate.
  • Point of No Return: After the disastrous Train Job, Beckett explains to Han that he now has the misfortune of reporting to his boss, Dryden Vos. Since Vos has never heard of Han before, if Han elects to continue associating with Beckett past this point, there's no turning back for him.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: The Kessel Run shreds the Millennium Falcon from the space equivalent of a luxury yacht to the piece of junk she becomes known as. Lando is not happy about it.
    Lando: I hate you.
    Han: I know.
  • Prequel: Functions as one for the Original Trilogy, as it happens ten years before Han and Chewbacca met Luke and Obi-Wan in A New Hope and details Han's first meeting with Lando Calrissian, who was first seen in The Empire Strikes Back. It also happens about ten years before Rogue One and four years before the start of Rebels.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Han threatens Lady Proxima with a "thermal detonator." She instantly points out that it's clearly a rock he's holding, and the "activation" sound was just him making a clicking sound with his mouth. (Fortunately, this distracts Proxima from Han's real plan.)
    • During the chase scene afterwards, Han tries to escape from Moloch by jamming his speeder diagonally through a tight gap in factory machinery. The gap isn't wide enough so the speeder gets stuck in the machinery, and Han and Qi'ra have to get out of the speeder and escape on foot.
    • Han's attempt at blackmailing a hardened criminal disguised as an Imperial officer backfires horribly when that same criminal promptly uses his "officer" credentials to have Han arrested as a deserter and thrown into a pit to be Fed to the Beast.
    • During the Train Job, Rio gets shot in the shoulder. Many works of fiction pass this off as Just a Flesh Wound, which Rio himself does, but the truth is that such an injury can be fatal. Sure enough, Rio dies just minutes later.
    • L3 stands out in the open shouting about droid rights during the chaotic fire fight at the Kessel mine and ends up being shot by a stray bolt. Lando is likewise clipped in the shoulder during his mad dash to retrieve her.
    • When Han confronts him during the climax Beckett begins to lecture him, only to be shot before he can finish.
    • Enfys Nest is a rather petite young teenage girl wearing a heavy suit of armor with a cape and a presumably-uncomfortable helmet, so naturally she's dying of thirst and the moment her standoff with Han and his crew has been disarmed, the first thing she does is exhaustedly take the helmet off and go for a drink.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Done In-Universe in the climax. Vos compliments Han on the "realism" of the fake coaxium Han has given to him, only for Han to reveal that it actually is real.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Chewbacca tells Han he is 190 years old. All Han can say in response is that he "looks great".
  • Recruiters Always Lie: The Imperial recruitment officer tells Han he'll love working for the Empire. Three years later, he's on a muddy battlefield on Mimban, and he tries to desert when he sees an opportunity. (In fairness he had been assigned to flight training as promised, but was demoted to Cannon Fodder for unexplained reasons).
  • Red Right Hand: Dryden has what appear to be scars covering his face and a weird hook-like claw on one thumb.
  • Resolved Noodle Incident: We now get to see the storied Kessel Run speed record being broken (mentioned in A New Hope) and the Sabacc game with the Millennium Falcon on the line (mentioned in Empire Strikes Back).
  • Retirony: Rio talks about paying off his debts and opening a cantina, and more than once Beckett talks about returning to his home planet and learning to play the valachord (originally with Val going with him). None of them survive the events of this film.
  • Robbing the Mob Bank: Beckett's gang steals unrefined coaxium from the Pyke cartel on Kessel during the second heist.
  • Robosexual: L3 claims that Lando has feelings of a romantic nature for her. This is never confirmed, though Lando does seem very distraught by the prospect of losing her.
  • Running Gag: The Millennium Falcon loses its radar dish again, this time during the escape from Kessel.
    • Inverted, when at one point, Han says, "I have a really good feeling about this."
  • Samus Is a Girl: It's revealed that Enfys Nest, who wears gender-obscuring armor and uses a voice filter, is a very young woman allied with the nascent Rebellion.
  • Saved by Canon: Similar to Rogue One, characters from the Original Trilogy (Han, Chewie and Lando) are in zero danger during this movie.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Han tries to scare Lady Proxima with a rock by saying it's a bomb and makes a clicking noise to "activate" it.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Lando takes off in the falling-apart Falcon soon after the Cloud-Riders arrive on Savareen, with the Crimson Dawn on the way as well. He doesn't even stick around to get his share of coaxium as payment.
  • Schrödinger's Canon:
    • Solo renders two parts of Han's Legends backstory from The Han Solo Trilogy canon, in that he's been living on the streets and running scams since childhood, and he enlisted to become a pilot in the Imperial Starfleet for some time before deserting to become a smuggler instead. (The movie does change the precise circumstances of his departure from Corellia significantly, however.)
    • The planet Mimban originally appeared in Splinter of the Mind's Eye, arguably the first Legends work. However, because of the perspective we see it from and the brief time the plot spends there, it's unclear just how similar it is to the earlier version (though it is foggy and swampy, two things the book version had in abundance).
    • Qi'ra mentions being trained in Teräs Käsi, a martial art prominent in Legends continuity. The particularly eagle-eyed and informed will immediately raise an eyebrow that Qi'ra can use it, will understand L3's shock, and will not be quite as surprised at a later reveal and by how Qi'ra "can't leave Crimson Dawn behind".
    • The Maw has also been recanonized (albeit as one large black hole in a nearly-unnavigable nebula, instead of a large cluster of black holes).
    • The Falcon's designation as a YT-1300 transport, and that it's a Corellian design (specifically manufactured by a company called CEC, in the Legends continuity short for Corellian Engineering Corporation), is first mentioned onscreen here. It had been known as such for decades in Legends, but this is the first time it's been said on-screen.
    • Similarly, Corellia's capital is mentioned to be Coronet, as established in the novels.
    • Enfys Nest is the leader of the Cloud-Riders, a Swoop gang which first appeared in the original Marvel Star Wars comics.
    • Carida, a military world known for having the best Imperial training in the galaxy and introduced in Legends, is mentioned by an Imperial recruiter at the beginning of the film.
    • Chewbacca being 190 years old fits with his age around the time of the Original Trilogy in the Legends continuity, which was stated by pre-Disney EU materials to be about 200.
  • Sequel Hook: Although the film was originally touted as a one-off Origins Episode for Han Solo, the ending sets up a number of possibilities for a sequel - Qi'ra has taken control of Crimson Dawn, and answers directly to Maul, and Han explains his plan to go to Tatooine to work for a certain "big shot gangster"note . We also meet Lando, but don't get to see him end up in Cloud City, so there's still room to explore the younger version of the character.
  • Ship Sinking: Although it was a Foregone Conclusion, Han and Qi'ra's relationship officially comes to an end when she parts ways with him to seize power within Crimson Dawn (while ensuring the blame for Vos' death falls on Beckett, sparing Han and Chewie the attention of Maul).
  • Shoot Your Mate: Qi'ra herself suggests this as the only way to prove her loyalty, after being caught lying about Han's intentions. Fortunately we never see how far she's willing to go to survive.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Dryden Vos's collection includes:
    • One of Dryden's guards is named Toht-Ra. "Toht" was the name of the Nazi Gestapo agent in Raiders of the Lost Ark. He went after Indiana Jones to acquire the headpiece to the Staff of Ra.
    • L3 starts a slave uprising in the mines, with shots of the prisoners throwing off their chains that are almost identical to the rescue of the slave children in Temple of Doom.
    • Beckett warns Han not to trust anyone, this becomes an Ironic Echo when he tells him this after betraying him to Dryden. This is similar to the way how Donovan betrayed Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade.
    • Han pulls a maneuver inspired by one pulled by an old friend of his on Corellia named Needles, who was a street racer, referring to the character from Back to the Future.
    • The Corellian hounds were a tribute to the Death Dogs from Ron Howard's own Willow.
    • Han over powers a Kessel guard with a Groin Attack at one point. This type of move is used in Star Wars: The Old Republic as the standard interrupt for the Scoundrel class, and can be made available to the other classes through the Legacy system.
    • The art book reveals that the chrome visor on Enfys Nest's mask was inspired by The Boss's Cool Shades from Cool Hand Luke, and Weazel's fur-covered jacket by a similar one worn by Adam Ant. Additionally, the red flags on the Cloud-Riders' swoop-bikes were modeled after the Sashimono banners from classic Jidai Geki films, particularly Ran.
    • It is nearly impossible not to watch the Imperial sergeant attempting to rally the men to Zerg Rush the objective on Mimban and not get flashes of the Imperial Guard propaganda pictures in the artwork of that game. The color schemes even match exactly.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Beckett gets as far as "I hope you're still paying attention, because now I'm gonna teach you the most important—" before Han shoots him in the chest.
  • Side Bet: While Han and Chewie are having their (pretend) fight in the mud pit, two Stormtroopers wager ten credits on how long Han can last. Too bad for them that neither one gets to collect on it.
  • Slave Liberation: On Kessel, L3 deactivates the slaves' collars and droids' restraining bolts to cause chaos and distract the Pyke Syndicate to pull off the heist. And it fits her ideological goals to a T, to say the least.
  • Slurpasaur: The Corellian hounds are portrayed by actual dogs in specially-made costumes, as a homage to the Death Dogs in Ron Howard's own Willow.
  • Smug Smiler: Alden Ehrenreich upgrades Harrison Ford's shit-eating smirk to a shit-eating grin.
  • Space Is Noisy:
    • The Millennium Falcon is shown moving through hyperspace accompanied by a low rumble the likes of which should make all subwoofer owners quite happy. Because when you see a ship from an external viewpoint you can hear sounds through the vacuum of space. Really.
    • Those carbonbergs are pretty noisy when they collide with each other, so much that Qi'ra can hear them from the cockpit even when the Falcon is in the safe route.
  • Space Western: The franchise has always featured Western influences, but this movie really brings them to the forefront. Beckett and his gang are essentially bandits, the Empire fulfills the role of the federal authority that the protagonists are fleeing from, and Enfys Nest and the Cloud-Riders are essentially a band of Indian raiders, only with swoop-bikes instead of horses. There's even a segment where the main characters have to pull a train robbery (during which the music even sounds kinda western-y in places), and later on where they free a group of slave laborers working in a mine under terrible conditions.
  • Soapbox Sadie: L3 is introduced protesting about droid fighting and she later randomly decides to free all the droids on the coaxium mission.
  • Source Music: "Glory of the Empire" (as it's called in the Star Wars Rebels OST), an upbeat rendition of the out-of-universe Imperial March, plays during an Imperial recruitment advertisement at the ship depot where Han and Qi'ra attempt to leave Corellia.
  • Space Is an Ocean: The maelstrom sequence seems cribbed straight from some old adventure novel, what with the ship heading into a Perpetual Storm full of iceberg-like floating masses, Giant Squid, and a deadly vortex. All that's missing is a big "here be dragons" label on the star chart.
  • Spotting the Thread: Han figures out that Beckett isn't really an Imperial officer when he realizes that his uniform has scars in it from a blaster shot that would definitely be lethal, but Beckett himself is unharmed.
  • Starship Luxurious: Dryden Vos's First Light, as befits the Base on Wheels of a classy crime lord.
  • Tempting Fate: "No improvising." That pretty much guarantees that somebody's gonna improvise.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams being a fair bit too old to play younger versions of Han and Lando (Williams in particular had some health problems by The New '10s), the characters are respectively played by Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover. Interestingly, Ehrenreich and Glover's respective ages are consistent with the respective ages of Ford and Williams for the time frame the movie is meant to take place in.
  • The Ending Changes Everything: Qi'ra's last scene reveals that Dryden was secretly working for Maul the whole time. The Crimson Dawn isn't just any random criminal organization - it's Maul's (apparently successful) attempt to rebuild the Shadow Collective.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Weazel went from a common thug jeering at Anakin's podracing skills to a rocket launcher-toting enforcer for Enfys Nest and thus a commando for the nascent Rebellion.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Turns out Han's dice, which were already this in The Last Jedi due to Han's death, were this for Han himself since he lost them with Qi'ra, got them back when they encountered each other again, and ends up hanging them in the Falcon's cockpit after she leaves him for good.
  • Trailers Always Lie:
    • The trailers feature Beckett telling Han that a "big shot gangster" is putting together a crew for a job, implying that the gangster is Dryden and the job is the Conveyex heist. The "big shot gangster" is actually implied to be Jabba, the job is a Sequel Hook, and the offer is made near the end of the film, right before the climax, as Beckett's way of explaining his declining to join Han's scheme to scam Dryden.
    • A scene in the trailers suggests that Han will engage in a Quick Draw duel with a bunch of marauders. They actually end up talking things out.
  • Train Job: Beckett and his crew execute a heist on the aforementioned Cool Train.
  • Traintop Battle: The heist on the train turns into one when the Cloud-Riders interfere.
  • Trojan Prisoner: Han and Chewie pass as prisoners/slaves to get into the mines of Kessel and steal coaxium there.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: As part of her disguise to infiltrate a coaxium mine on Kessel, Qi'ra provides an extremely long title to the guards. It goes on for so long that they look at each other as if waiting for her to finish.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee:
    • The details of the Train Job are thoroughly discussed the day before it goes down. It ends up going way south, with Val and Rio killed and the coaxium lost.
    • The final scene is centered around a double subversion of this. First, Han tells Beckett a plan to help the Cloud-Riders, get Dryden on-side to pay them, and get away, which we don't hear. Beckett says it's too risky, and pretends to leave to find his fortune elsewhere. Then, when Han, Qi'ra, and Chewie try the plan anyway, Beckett reveals himself as having spilled that unspoken plan to Dryden Vos... only for it to be revealed there was another unspoken plan the trio made after he left, operating under the assumption Beckett would betray them. This plan ends up working.
  • Villain World: Not only does the Empire rule the galaxy, we also see that the Empire sometimes even allows criminal acts to take place.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: At one point Dryden calls Han caring about what happens to Qi'ra a "weak spot"
  • War Is Hell: Three years after Han joins the military, he's on a muddy battlefield, confused about the objective and fearing for his life. His commanding officer is blasted by artillery right in front of him.
  • We Will Use Manual Labor in the Future: The film shows the Kessel spice mines canonically and the first time onscreen. Both organic slaves and droids are used. It's unstated, but probably they use organic slaves because they're cheaper than droids, or can work more easily in the tunnels like the old EU had it.
  • Wham Shot: At the very end of the movie, it's revealed who Qi'ra is really working for: Maul. This changes perceptions of the actions and words of multiple characters immediately.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Han and Qi'ra's conversation before learning the truth behind Enfys Nest and trying to double-cross Dryden implies that for all of Han's grandstanding, she knows all too well that he can never really be the kind of outlaw he thinks/believes himself to be. As we already know, the Original Trilogy proves her right. Qi'ra on the other hand proves to be more willing to play all sides for herself, though she does help cover for Han when she reports to Maul.
  • World of Snark: Even for Star Wars, this film is filled with lots of characters that have a cynical and facetious outlook on life. Han is a total smartass and L3 appears to be in permanent Sarcasm Mode, as well as Beckett and Lando.
  • Wuxia: Surprisingly averted; “Solo” is the first Theatrically-Release Canonical Star Wars feature to *not* allude in any explicit way to the definitively Wuxia plot of feuds between spiritual warrior orders (even “Rogue One” alluded to Wuxia Tropes with the Shaolin Monk inspired Chirruit Imwe); instead, it is a homage to the gritty, morally gray Spaghetti Western of the 1960s Films starring Clint Eastwood.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Han and Chewie pull off a rather brilliant one in the climax. Han tells Beckett about his plan to double-cross Dryden and give the real coaxium to the Cloud-Riders, then kill Vos with a blaster hidden in the coaxium case while he and his guards are distracted, which is pretty smart on its own. On the off chance that Beckett snitches to Vos, Han plans to deliver Dryden the real coaxium, leaving him defenseless when his guards chase after the fake coaxium with the Cloud-Riders, allowing Han to take out Vos while he and his guards are distracted. Ultimately, Beckett does indeed betray Han, but still leaves Dryden alone with Han and Qi'ra, which is exactly what Han wants.
  • You Are in Command Now: An Imperial officer urges Han and the other troopers to take the ridge for the Empire, only to get blown to bits. When Beckett appears disguised as an officer, the troopers ask him for orders, much to the amusement of his Caper Crew. Beckett works out more sensible tactics and leads them into battle, and they successfully take the ridge.
  • You Have Failed Me: Both Lady Proxima and Dryden Vos threaten Han with death if he fails.
  • You No Take Candle: How Han's Shyriiwook comes out in the subtitles, almost bordering on My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels or Intentional Engrish for Funny at points.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: While helping the Imperial invasion of Mimban, Han can't help but correct the officer mentioning the native population resisting as "hostiles." (This gets him in quite a bit of ultimately serendipitous trouble.)
    Han: It's their planet. We're the hostiles.

I got a really good feeling about this.

Alternative Title(s): Han Solo Film, Solo A Star Wars Story

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