Ever since I was a little kid, I was always a little confused about Han Solo bragging that his ship, the Millennium Falcon, could make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs. After all, a parsec is a unit of measurement for distance in the Star Wars universe. That would be like a pitcher bragging about how he threw a fastball 20 yards.
Of course, you tend to not think too deep into things when there are sentient droids and death swords made of light. You just write it off as one of those great unsolved mysteries of the universe. Not every mystery needs to be explained.
Solo and Chewbacca have always been one of the best parts of the Star Wars mythos, at least for me. They were the reluctant rebels, the big-hearted scoundrels, bad boys with big hearts that, when needed, that would blast a bounty hunter before they fired first or could rip a stormtrooper’s arms clean off. They were also mysterious. How did this odd couple come to travel the galaxy as interplanetary pirates? How did the “greatest pilot” in the star system end up in a dive bar cantina on the edge of the universe just to make ends meet by smuggling human cargo? And where did he learn to fly like that in the first place?
These were all mysteries that needed an explanation which is where SOLO: A Star Wars Story comes in. And for the most part, it delivered most of those unanswered questions of Solo’s origins.
Not only do we learn about the what it means to make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs, we learn why Kessel is important to smugglers in the first place. We also get to learn more about the origins of his fellow sidekicks like Chewbacca and Lando Calrisian while they were at it.
Directed by Ron Howard, the latest edition to the lore of a galaxy far, far away stars Alden Ehrenreich as the titular hero, Woody Harrelson as Solo’s boss and mentor, Becket, Emilia Clarke as Solo’s childhood love interest, and Donald Glover as the younger and pre-politician Lando. Joonas Suotamo returns to play Chewbacca.
SOLO: A Star Wars Story is now available on Digital HD and arrives on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on September 25th.
DIGITAL AND BLU-RAY BONUS MATERIAL(may vary by retailer)
- Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable — Sit down with director Ron Howard and the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of the film’s making.
- Team Chewie — See what it takes to bring your favorite Wookiee to life in this lighthearted look behind the scenes.
- Kasdan on Kasdan — Iconic Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan share what it was like to write the movie’s script together.
- Remaking the Millennium Falcon — Track the transformation of the most famous ship in the galaxy, from Lando’s swank and impeccable pride and joy to Han’s stripped-down hot-rod freighter with “special modifications.”
- Escape from Corellia — Get behind the wheel for the making of this high-octane chase through the streets of Corellia.
- The Train Heist — Explore the challenges and thrills of creating this action-packed sequence, including its remote location and spectacular effects.
- Becoming a Droid: L3-37 — Meet the newest droid—and the talented actor who helps bring her to life.
- Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso — Take an in-depth tour of the rough-and-tumble bar where strangers mix and gamblers risk all in the legendary card game, Sabaac.
- Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run — Join Han and Chewie at the controls of the Millennium Falcon to see how this legendary moment in Star Wars history unfolds.
- The Millennium Falcon: From Page to Park – An exclusive look at the history of the most famous ship in the galaxy, its origin and development, and how it will translate in one of the most anticipated expansions in Disneyland’s history.
- Exclusive Deleted Scenes
Watch instantly on Sept. 14thas the Millennium Falcon sets course digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere, and bring the adventure home on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 25.
Written by Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel. Lawrence Kasdan, Jason McGatlin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are executive producers.
To create the unique look of the film, some of the industry’s top talent was recruited, including Academy Award® nominee Bradford Young (“Arrival”), director of photography; two-time Academy Award–winning editor Pietro Scalia (“Alien: Covenant”); Dominic Tuohy (“The Mummy”), special effects supervisor; Rob Bredow (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), visual effects supervisor; and John Powell (“Jason Bourne”), score composed and adapted by.
They are joined by returning Star Wars veteran crew members: Neil Lamont, production designer; Neal Scanlan, special creature effects; David Crossman and Glyn Dillon, costume designers; Jamie Wilkinson, prop master; Lisa Tomblin-Fitzpatrick, hair designer; and Amanda Knight, makeup designer.
The legendary John Williams is credited with the “Han Solo Theme” and original Star Wars music.
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