The Millennium Falcon has had a design change, and you’re probably not going to like it.
Lucasfilm seems intent on upsetting fans with “Solo: a Star Wars Story”. It’s bad enough that the movie studio has recast Han Solo himself, one of the most beloved characters in the franchise, whose entire persona is entirely tied up in Harrison Ford’s famous performance.
Now, to make matters worse, it looks like Han’s beloved starship, the Millennium Falcon, is also going to have a radically different face.
Leaked images of the Lego toy range that will accompany “Solo” show off a “Kessel Run Millennium Falcon” that has a radically different nose. We’ve always known that Han “made a few special modifications” to the ship himself, but it seems that things are far more extensive than we’d been led to believe.
(This also, as an aside, contradicts the canon of the Prequel Trilogy, where the Falcon is seen briefly on Coruscant with an appearance that looks more traditional, even though this would have happened before Han ever got his hands on the ship.)
Naturally, hardcore fans are going to be unimpressed with the change to the ship’s design, as changing any element of “Star Wars” iconography is enough to draw some ire.
There is a larger problem with this redesign, though; it is, itself, a major spoiler for the movie.
We know now that at some point between Han Solo starting the Kessel Run, and his appearance in “A New Hope”, the Falcon is going to need some serious remodeling.
Why redesign the ship if the plan isn’t to show it crashing at one point?
(Well, apart from the need for new toys to sell, of course.)
It’s going to be interesting to see just how well this movie is received when it finally arrives in theaters. “Star Wars” fans are not overflowing with confidence to start with, and considering that the relatively safe bet of “The Last Jedi” has proven more divisive than Lucasfilm initially expected, “Solo” could end up being a big embarrassment for the studio.
This is probably why so much money has been thrown at making the film twice over, with new director Ron Howard essentially reshooting everything that original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had already got in the can.
The goal here isn’t to make money; it’s an attempt at salvaging the brand. If “Solo” ends up being poorly received, it could jeopardize the public’s perception of the entire “Star Wars” brand for the next few years.
After all, as we’re all well aware, one bad “Star Wars” movie will definitely kill the entire franchise forever, right?
Okay, so maybe Lucasfilm doesn’t need to worry too much about how well “Solo: A Star Wars Story” actually goes down with fans after all.
In spite of the inherent risk, there’s a reason the studio feels brave enough to give us a new Millennium Falcon.