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  • Ability over Appearance: Alden Ehrenreich looks and sounds almost nothing like a young Harrison Ford, he was cast based on the strength of his performance. Ron Howard stated he had to be someone who could effectively channel the spirit of Han Solo, rather than just be a Harrison Ford impersonator.
  • Acting in the Dark: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (L3-37's voice actress) has stated in interviews that she doesn't know what a droid is. Because of this, she played L3 as if she were a human.
  • Actor-Inspired Element:
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    • Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge themselves jointly came up with the idea that L3 and Lando would have unresolved feelings for one another. Jon Kasdan loved it and added L3 and Qi'ra's conversation in the cockpit of the Falcon together to expand on Glover and Waller-Bridge's idea.
    • Sam Witwer had the chance to correct a minor continuity error for his role. When a producer told him that Maul was going to draw his double-bladed lightsaber from The Phantom Menace, Witwer pointed out that it had been destroyed in his duel with Obi-Wan, and consequently it was corrected to his broken cane-saber from Rebels.
  • Approval of God: Harrison Ford was delighted with Alden Ehrenreich's performance, saying he "couldn't be happier."
  • Ascended Fanon: Solo officially canonizes a popular fan theory about Han Solo's famous Kessel Run. For years, seemingly every Star Wars fan had their own favorite explanation for why Han bragged about making the Kessel Run "in less than twelve parsecs" in A New Hope, since a parsec is a unit of distance rather than time. Some believed that it was an intentional error, meant to demonstrate that Han was just talking out of his ass; others believed that he was surreptitiously testing Luke and Obi-Wan's knowledge of space travel, and wanted to see if they would correct him; others believed that he was bragging about the Millennium Falcon's navigational capabilities, referring to the specific route that he took through the Kessel system. The last explanation was incorporated into the film as a major plot point: Han once took a particularly dangerous shortcut through the Maw Cluster while smuggling valuable cargo from Kessel, allowing him to complete the run in a much shorter distance than normal.
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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: When Paul Bettany found out that Ron Howard was directing the film, he asked him a role in the movie, even if it was something as small as a nameless Stormtrooper. He ended up getting the role of Dryden Vos.
  • Box Office Bomb:
    • A first for the Star Wars franchise in that it actually lost money rather than simply having a gross that fell below projections like Attack of the Clones or The Last Jedi (and both films were still very profitable). Solo had a budget of $275 million, and would have needed to make around $600 million to break even. With an estimated final gross of $400 million worldwide and a domestic opening weekend of $84 million, it barely managed half the opening of Rogue One, the previous anthology film, on a larger budget, making it by far the lowest-grossing live-action Star Wars film ever. note  Deadline conservatively estimated the loss at $77 million.
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    • To emphasize the magnitude of this failure: its domestic gross ended up at $213 million, with its worldwide gross stopping at $392.8 million. Adjusted for inflation, the Star Wars: Special Edition 1997 re-releases in theaters grossed around $275 million. While the domestic take for Solo was actually the twelfth-highest for a film released in 2018, its exceptionally weak overseas performance — for perspective, Venom (2018), which earned a near-identical amount domestically, made $641 million outside of North America; Solo only made $179 million — helped condemn it to box-office failure.
  • Creative Differences: Lord & Miller cited this when they left the project, though other reports suggested that they were outright fired. In any case, the source of conflict was apparently over how much of the movie they were improvising, as that did not sit well with Lawrence Kasdan (who prefers that his scripts are fully adhered to) and producer Kathleen Kennedy. Ironically, Kasdan was the one to suggest that the duo direct the movie in the first place.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Lando is voiced by TV actor Gotaro Tsunashima. While he is also know for doing voice acting, albeit exclusively for non-Japanese media, for some Western viewers, especially Australians, he is known for playing Hiromitsu Tachibana in the Australian art film Japanese Story.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Alden Ehrenreich was 27–28 years old at the time of filming; Han Solo is supposed to be aged between 18 and 24 in the film's timeframe.
    • Qi'ra, too, since she is likely in the same age bracket as Han. Emilia Clarke was 30 during principal photography and pushing 31 when the reshoots happened.
  • Darkhorse Casting: Thought not as much as The Force Awakens and Rogue One before it, the creators opted to cast a little-known actor as Han Solo rather than a big-name star. Several other supporting roles were filled in with relative unknowns, like Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37 and Erin Kellyman as Enfys Nest.
  • Defictionalization: The game of Sabacc played in the film and referenced in other Star Wars media has been made into a real card game to tie in with the film. It is different from the Sabacc previously depicted by the now-Legends Star Wars d6 roleplaying game that used a variation of Tarot Cards.
  • Deleted Roles:
    • Much has been said about the inclusion of Tag and Bink into the film when it was in production, and Ron Howard even posed alongside the actors playing them. They didn't make it to the theatrical cut.
    • Beckett's gang originally had a fourth member, who died in the battle on Mimban. He was ultimately removed from the final cut when Ron Howard decided that too much was going on in the scene already and his presence was ultimately unnecessary to the plot.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • Han being reprimanded and thrown out of the Imperial Flight Academy for breaking formation in a TIE fighter to rescue a comrade. When Han asks when he's going to get to fly again, his commander icily responds, "We'll have you flying in no time". Cut to Han flying through the air from an explosion during the fighting on Mimban. He also bangs his chin during a rough landing, explaining Harrison Ford’s real life scar similarly to the opening sequence of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. This scene is believed to be where Tag and Bink would have appeared.
    • Chewie and Han having a brief snowball fight while following Beckett to Dryden's compound.
    • An extended version of the battle on Mimban, with Han coordinating an attack with Beckettt's gang to destroy an enemy gun emplacement.
    • During their flight from Corellia, Han and Qi'ra hide from Moloch and his hounds in a giant tub of Corellian eels to disguise their scent. Han even yanks one out of his pants in terror, although they resist the urge to have him say "Eels! Why did it have to be eels?"
  • Development Gag:
    • The name Qi'Ra is derived from "Kira", the name originally planned for the character who would become Rey in The Force Awakens.
    • The planet Mimban was originally planned to appear in Rogue One, but was replaced with Jedha.
  • Enforced Method Acting: The movie's effects team built a projection screen around the Millennium Falcon's cockpit set that actually produced the on-set version of the "hyperspace tunnel" effect. Consequently, when you see the hyperspace jump in the movie, that's what the cast actually saw on set, and Alden Ehrenreich's genuine elation at what he's seeing.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Pimp Trooper" for the Range Trooper, due to the fluffy and soft fur cape on its neck.
    • "So-Low" has become somewhat popular among both fans and box office pundits after the disappointing box office returns came in.
  • Franchise Killer: Not for the "Star Wars" franchise itself, but the film's failure put an end to plans for any future Anthology films.
  • God Never Said That:
    • Shortly before the film's opening, Kathleen Kennedy was misquoted as announcing the studio was going ahead with a film focusing on Donald Glover's Lando. She actually just said it was one of many ideas currently up in the air.
    • At the same time, a story broke that Lando was "confirmed" as pansexual. Many pro-LGBT websites praised the film for the decision, while others criticized it as "queerbaiting" since it wasn't made explicit in the film itself. The problem is that the film's writers, Jon and Lawrence Kasdan, were asked the very leading question "Is Lando pansexual?" during a fluff interview. Lawrence Kasdan was noncommittal while his son gave a PR-friendly "I would say yes" response to the interviewer's question, but never says he intended it while writing the script.
    • An interesting case regarding the overall franchise after the film's box-office disappointment: some quotes were taken out of context to suggest Disney was shutting down every upcoming film besides Episode IX and doing a complete restructuring of their plans. While this was initially disproven, Disney CEO Bob Iger later clarified that there would be a 'slowdown' in the release dates of future Star Wars films, indicating that they would no longer be sticking to their initially-planned release schedule for their spin-off franchise. This has left some fans wondering about the future of those as-yet unreleased films. A later report more directly said that the at-the-time current slate of spinoffs had been "flushed."
  • I Knew It!: Many fans had predicted that the Kessel Run would be featured in the movie. This was confirmed in early January 2018, when a LEGO set for the Millennium Falcon mentioned it by name.
  • Invisible Advertising: Since the film was almost entirely reshot and post-production work was delayed, there was hardly any viable footage for marketing until early February 2018, less than four months before the release date. For reference, the trailer for The Force Awakens debuted over a year before its release date.
  • Market-Based Title:
    • In China, the film has had the title changed to Ranger Solo. This is in order to downplay its connections to the rest of the Star Wars franchise, which has been relatively unsuccessful in China, culminating in The Last Jedi being pulled from cinemas after less than a month. Suffice to say, it didn't work out.
    • Contrary to the above, in Spanish-speaking countries the movie is titled with the full Han Solo name, in order to play up the connection to Star Wars, and because in Spanish the word "solo" means "alone", which is not indicative enough.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The film was released on May 25, 2018, the 41st anniversary of A New Hope's 1977 release.
  • Meme Acknowledgement: Han shoots first. Specifically, he shoots first at Tobias Beckett.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Han's line of being "in trouble for a second" is not in the final film.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Since Han and Lando are given the Time-Shifted Actor treatment, they're portrayed by Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover, respectively.
    • Finnish basketball player and stuntman/actor Joonas Suotamo replaces Peter Mayhew completely in the film as Chewbacca. He already did a number of scenes with the Chewbacca suit in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Mayhew did appear in these two films, but he had knee problems that prevented him from moving a lot.
    • While Ray Park reprises his role as Maul, his voice-over is done by Sam Witwer, who portrayed the character on The Clone Wars and Rebels, instead of Peter Serafinowicz, who did the character's voice in The Phantom Menace. Serafinowicz reportedly recorded the lines but was replaced without his knowledge.
  • The Other Marty: Michael K. Williams's version of Dryden Vos was cut during reshoots after the change of directors, as Williams was not available during that time. Paul Bettany took over instead.
    • Despite recording his lines for the film, Peter Serafinowicz was replaced by Sam Witwer.
  • Those Two Actors: A minor one, but Paul Bettany (Dryden Vos) and Jon Favreau (the voice of Rio Durant) had previously worked together in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Bettany voiced JARVIS in all the Iron Man films, then later Vision from Avengers: Age of Ultron onward; while Favreau directed the first two Iron Man Films, and played Harold "Happy" Hogan in all his appearances throughout the franchise.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Donald Glover was a huge fan of not only Star Wars but Lando Calrissian in particular as a kid, regularly sleeping with a toy of the character that his father bought because it was the only black one he could find. Now he plays a younger Lando.
  • Prop Recycling: The Millennium Falcon interiors are the same sets from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, redressed with a fresh coat of paint.
  • Quote Source: The film provides the quote source for:
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Jonathon Kasdan joins his father Lawrence as the co-writer of the film.
    • Clint Howard is the brother of director Ron Howard and has a cameo in the movie.
  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • One of the ideas that George Lucas had for the Original Trilogy was that the Millennium Falcon had sentient navicomputers, which would explain why C-3PO complains that the ship is rude. L3 brings that idea back.
    • The Decraniated, who had most of their scenes cut from Rogue One, are reused in this film as Dryden's servants. Especially notable since the female Decraniated featured in the Decraniated's entry in the Rogue One Visual Dictionary doesn't even appear in Rogue One, but does appear in Solo.
    • The scene from the first Rogue One teaser (showing a pan up across a tropical jungle planet), which was likely never even intended to appear in Rogue One, is reused in Solo as the transition to the second Sabacc game.
    • In early concept art, the sequel trilogy was going to feature a young pilot who resembled Han Solo. This character was eventually split into Finn and Poe, while the character design ended up being reused for young Han in Solo.
  • Role Reprisal:
  • Screwed by the Network: Disney vetoed requests to spend more money on marketing and to delay the release date, choosing to maintain Mary Poppins Returns on the Christmas release schedule. Partly because of this, the film bombed at the box office.
  • Throw It In!: George Lucas visited the set after his old friend Ron Howard was brought in, where they were going to shoot a scene that had Han hanging up Qi'ra's cloak for her in the Falcon's closet. George thought that was out of character, and began acting out how he saw him handle her cloak. This change made it into the final cut, marking the only time so far that George has had direct input on the Disney Star Wars films.
  • Troubled Production:
    • To what extent isn't known, but directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller (of The LEGO Movie fame) exited the production in June 2017, four months into filming and a few weeks before the wrap date. An anonymous source has stated that producer Kathleen Kennedy had problems with them from day one, as they had very different ideas about what the film should be and refused to compromise during the planned period of reshoots, though they still managed to shoot quite a bit before being replaced by Ron Howard. Under normal circumstances with a change in director like this they would just finish out principal photography and then use reshoots to fill in the gaps,note  but instead Howard effectively restarted principal photography so that the film was predominantly made under his control.note  This made the film's budget jump upwards of an additional 100 million dollars.
    • The reported reasons behind the removal of Lord and Miller was their fondness for improv got on a lot of people's nerves, with Lawrence Kasdan even personally coming to the set to berate them for it, leading to an agreement that they would shoot at least one take exactly as written before letting the actors go nuts. They would supposedly also film take after take with no one knowing what they were looking for. Another report suggested that Alden Ehrenreich himself had concerns about the direction of the film, where they were taking Han Solo's character and that the tone of the film had shades of Ace Ventura in it, and regularly voiced his opinion on the matter.
    • This all took its toll in that the film did not have a proper trailer until about 3 months before release, coupled with all the negative press, was released during Memorial Day weekend (which had long been a traditional Star Wars date, but had declined as a viable release period for several years) and following some other franchise films like Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. The film opened to just $83 million in its opening weekend, business that most films would be quite happy with but well below the mark for a franchise like Star Wars, especially given the track record of the previous three films (opening with 2–3 times that amount), as even the most cautious projections figured it would break $100 million.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Taron Egerton was the runner-up for the part of Han Solo before Alden Ehrenreich was cast. However, Egerton was passed over due to the fact that he was already the lead in multiple upcoming franchise pictures and the Star Wars producers felt that he wouldn't be able to give the role the time and focus they wanted.
    • Michael B. Jordan, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and O'Shea Jackson Jr. were considered for the role of Lando Calrissian before the casting of Donald Glover.
    • Tessa Thompson, Naomi Scott, Zoë Kravitz, Kiersey Clemons, and Jessica Henwick screen-tested for the part of Qi'ra before Emilia Clarke was cast.
    • Christian Bale had discussions for Tobias Beckett had Woody Harrelson chose to decline the role.
    • Michael K. Williams was originally Dryden Vos, but was unable for reshoots and was recast by Paul Bettany. According to Williams, Vos was originally a "half-mountain lion"-like character. Concept art would show that one of the species that Vos could've been was a Lasat. Presumably, the alien beast-like aspect of Vos was dropped also for pragmatism. Some of this seems to have carried through to a few of Vos's private army (particularly note the one who discovered that the cases of coaxium were empty, who gets a fair amount of camera focus).
    • Directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller were replaced mid-production. According to early reports, they were let go for making a screwball comedy in the vein of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, though later sources claimed their genuine inspiration was fellow Disney property Guardians of the Galaxy. New director Ron Howard then reshot most of what they'd done under his own direction, keeping what they had in mind, but also making sure that the film was in-line with the Original Trilogy.
    • As mentioned above, Beckett's gang originally had a fourth member, a big brawny dude named Korso who died in the fighting on Mimban. His role was fully filmed but mostly deleted when it was decided that there was enough going on in the scene already without introducing a new character and then immediately killing him off. Part of the logic of his character was that without him, Beckett's gang would have lost their muscle, a need which Chewbacca could then handily fulfill. He's still visible in a few brief shots (look for the guy with the massive minigun.)
    • There were quite a few candidates considered for the big reveal of Crimson Dawn's true leader, with Darth Maul winning out because Ron Howard's son Reed is a huge fan of the prequels, and of Maul especially.
  • Word of Gay: A journalist for The Huffington Post quoted screenwriter Jon Kasdan as saying, "There's a fluidity to [Donald's and Billy Dee's] portrayal of sexuality. [...] He doesn't make any hard and fast rules." Donald Glover agreed, saying that in a setting where someone might be in love with an alien blob, it seems a lot weirder to limit yourself to one gender.
  • Working Title: The production was called "Red Cup" when Lord & Miller worked on it. Once Howard took over, "Solo" became the new working title... Until it turned out that the movie was really titled as such.
  • You Look Familiar: Performer and model Sema-Tawi Smart played Ubialla Gheal in The Last Jedi and the singer Aurodia Ventafoli at Dryden Vos's party in Solo.

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