‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Every Easter Egg and Cameo You May Have Missed
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a whole lot of fun. The Han Solo prequel features a lot of fan service, including cool moments that explain his first meeting with other fan-favorites like Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. Director Ron Howard did an excellent job putting together a Star Wars film that plays out like a heist movie, but also has a whole lot of references that diehards will appreciate.
Here are 17 cameos and Easter eggs that we caught in Solo, including a reference to Han’s most controversial moment (page 9) and the most jaw-dropping appearance from a character nobody expected to see (page 17).
This one is probably the most obvious and frequently shown Easter egg in Solo. We first see Han’s lucky gold dice hanging in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: A New Hope. They’re seen again in a few scenes in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and are even played up for a few emotional hits.
So it shouldn’t come as a major surprise that they’re passed around a bit in this movie. It’s nothing more than Han’s good luck charm.
Next: A familiar tune
The Imperial March
In the scene where Han and Qi’ra are trying to get off Corellia, Han ditches the criminals looking for him by heading to an Imperial enlisting station. In the scene, Han’s attention is first captured by a brief military holo-ad featuring Star Destroyers, Storm Troopers, TIE fighters, and a familiar tune.
The Imperial March, also known as Darth Vader’s theme music, is the song played in the advertisement. Pretty clever.
Next: A throw-back to Jabba’s Palace
The thermal detonator
Early in the movie, Han has to come up with a quick escape plan while on Corellia. His poorly-thought-out idea is to pick up a rock and pretend that it’s a thermal detonator, and it’s incredibly transparent. He even makes the clicking noise with his mouth.
But this is a callback to Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, when Leia uses a real thermal detonator to threaten Jabba the Hutt while disguised as a bounty hunter.
Next: Remember this guy?
Bossk the Bounty Hunter
There is a moment where Han, Chewie, and Tobias Beckett’s small gang of thieves are sitting and discussing the job ahead of them. Val (played by Thandie Newton) complains to Beckett that they’re bringing on the two amateurs, rather than enlisting help from others.
One of the names she drops here is Bossk, who is better known as the lizard-like bounty hunter seen on the Star Destroyer in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Next: Cool stuff hiding in the background
There are a lot of cool relics hanging around when Han, Chewie, and Beckett go to meet with the bad guy, Dryden Vos. Among the most noticeable items is a full set of Mandalorian armor, which is the type of armor worn by Boba Fett.
It’s visible behind Vos during several scenes early in the movie, and it’s not totally clear whether Vos is from Mandalore himself or if the armor is just a prized possession. Given his obvious flair for showing off his wealth, the bet is that Vos acquired it somehow.
Next: It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee …
Chewie plays Dejarik
While on the Millennium Falcon for the first time, Chewbacca takes some time to sit down and play Dejarik with Beckett. After a particularly frustrating move, Chewie gets angry and tries to sweep all the characters off the playing surface with his arm. It appears that the Wookiee has forgotten that these are holograms, not actual game pieces.
This whole scene is a throwback to the A New Hope scene on the Falcon in which Chewie plays the game with R2-D2, and C-3PO advises his companion to “let the Wookiee win.” But Chewie’s instinct to knock the characters off the board is also a reference to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, where characters can be seen playing the non-hologram version of the game that Chewbacca is more likely used to.
Next: Speaking of that scene …
Chewie rips a guys arms out of their sockets
This one is a bit more gruesome, but it’s another fun callback to A New Hope. You’ll recall that when C-3PO advises R2-D2 to let Chewie win, it’s because Han informs the droids that Wookiees are known for ripping people’s arms out of their sockets. There’s a deleted scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens where Chewie is seen ripping Unkar Plutt’s arms off, but it ended up being cut because it was a bit dark.
So when Chewie goes ahead and rips the arms right off a bad guy inside the spice mine on Kessel, it’s a long-awaited payoff from the original line. There’s no blood or screaming, either, so it’s not too cringeworthy.
Next: Keeping it in the family
This cameo is simply a hallmark of the director, Ron Howard. His brother, Clint Howard, is one of Hollywood’s most famous small-role actors. He has shown up in a ton of movies, but hardly ever has much more than a quick appearance with a line or two.
Solo is no different. Clint appears as the guy running the robot fight when Han and Qi’ra go to find Lando.
Next: A nod to that one controversial moment
Han definitely shoots first
When George Lucas released the Special Edition in 1997, there was one major moment that became hotly contested among fans: Greedo shooting first. Lucas went back and changed the famous A New Hope scene to make Han a little less dark, so that younger generations wouldn’t see their hero killing Greedo without being provoked with blaster fire.
In Solo, we see Han definitively shooting first. In the final confrontation with Beckett, his mentor, Han doesn’t hesitate to draw his blaster and fire away. Which was the right move, because even Beckett admits in his dying breath that he would have shot Han. It’s a fun callback to a controversial moment in the original trilogy.
Next: Another reference to a famous OT scene
‘I hate you’
Another cool callback to a moment from the OT is in a conversation between Lando and Han toward the end of the movie. After seeing that Han had really wrecked up the Millennium Falcon, Lando says, “I hate you.” So, of course, Han’s response is, “I know.”
It’s a sly nod to the famous moment in Empire Strikes Back when Leia admits that she loves Han, but it also isn’t in-your-face-obvious.
Next: A throwback to the prequel era
The Trade Federation
When the team arrives on Kessel to do the job, Qi’ra pretends to be an ambassador for the Vice Admiral of the Trade Federation. This is the first time that the Trade Federation has been mentioned since the prequels, when they were a major part of the plot of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
It should be pointed out that the Trade Federation would be under different leadership, since Anakin slaughtered the Viceroy in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. But it’s still an interesting reference to the Star Wars of the past.
Next: Another reference from Jabba’s Palace
Beckett’s disguise looks familiar
While we’re on the topic of the heist on Kessel, there is another fun Easter egg that eagle-eyed fans should catch. Beckett dresses up in a familiar disguise while on Kessel and working alongside Qi’ra.
The helmet, mask, and chestplate are the same outfit — or at least an extremely similar one — that Lando wears while masquerading as a guard at Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi.
Next: Beckett killed this Clone Wars character
He killed Aurra Sing
There is a scene in which Lando mentions that Beckett is the one that killed Aurra Sing, to which Beckett replies that all he did was push her — the fall killed her. Aurra Sing is a character that briefly appeared in The Phantom Menace but had much more of a story in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
She was an associate of young Boba Fett, and even helped train the boy. Apparently, Tobias Beckett killed her at some point.
Next: A Star Wars veteran returns
Warwick Davis reprises his role
You may have noticed Warwick Davis appear as a member of Enfys Nest’s gang. Davis is a Star Wars veteran, having played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi and subsequent Ewok Adventure movies. But he also briefly played a character named Weazel in The Phantom Menace, an associate of Watto that is present during the podracing scene.
Davis’ character in Solo also is named Weazel, so there’s a great chance this is the same guy.
Next: A throwaway line from C-3PO
The spice mines of Kessel
Fans of the OT will know the reference to the Kessel run, which Han (supposedly) completes in 12 parsecs. We see that play out on the big screen, and some of the references to it are pretty fun. But don’t forget that the spice mines of Kessel are also referenced in A New Hope.
When R2-D2 and C-3PO crash on Tatooine, Threepio laments that when they’re captured they’ll be sent to the spice mines of Kessel. We see in Solo that droids are working as slaves in the mines.
Next: Another Threepio reference
The Millennium Falcon’s ‘peculiar dialect’
Another Solo reference is a callback to a somewhat obscure line by C-3PO in the original trilogy. During Empire Strikes Back, Han instructs the protocol droid to plug into the hyperdrive and talk to the Millennium Falcon to find out what the problem is.
Threepio comments during the scene that the ship’s communication is a very peculiar dialect. We learn in Solo that the Falcon’s brain is actually that of Lando’s droid, L3-37 (voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge).
Next: That shocking cameo at the end
The ‘true’ leader of the Crimson Dawn
One final cameo — and a callback to the prequels — comes at the very end of the movie when the true leader of the Crimson Dawn, and the real villain of Solo, is revealed. It’s none other than former Sith Lord apprentice Darth Maul. How can this be?
It was revealed in Clone Wars that Maul survived being cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi, and now brandishes some pretty slick robot legs. He rises up in the criminal underworld during the time of the Empire, and his cameo in Solo is proof that Disney isn’t afraid to marry the movies with the rest of the official Star Wars canon.
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