“This Falcon reflects its owner very clearly in its shape and aesthetic and his needs”
It turns out there’s a very good story reason as to why the Millennium Falcon looks different in all the footage we’ve seen from Solo: A Star Wars Story so far.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Solo co-writer Jon Kasdan and star Alden Ehrenreich explained that the appearance of the Falcon reflects the Captain who pilots it. In Solo, the ship’s blue and white exterior and sleek interior speaks volumes about its captain Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), who enjoys the odd party or two.
“Where Han gave it a certain shabby coolness and a dinged up quality that reflected where he was at that point in his life,” said Kasdan, “this Falcon reflects its owner very clearly in its shape and aesthetic and his needs, even if those needs be a little more space to entertain.”
Ehrenreich adds that there’s a more functional reason why the Falcon looks so shabby once Han wins it off Lando in a game of sabacc.
“It’s safer in the galaxy to fly something that looks like a piece of junk. People underestimate you — especially if you’re up to no good,” Ehrenreich told the publication. “Kinda like how you’re more likely to get pulled over if you’re driving a Lamborghini.”
For more on the ‘new’ Millennium Falcon, LEGO has revealed a Kessel Run. For more on Solo: A Star Wars Story, read up on Harrison Ford and George Lucas’ contributions to the upcoming film, and check out the new poster.
Lucy O’Brien is Games & Entertainment Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. Follow her on Twitter.