37 Franchise Call Backs in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Even though it's a prequel, the Han Solo movie directed by Ron Howard – Solo: A Star Wars Story – made plenty of callbacks and references to the other films in the Star Wars franchise.

Where Rogue One is a direction companion film to A New Hope, Solo has no direct links to the other movies, so the callbacks rely on the myth and mystery around the character of Han Solo and of course, Lando Calrissian who was introduced in The Empire Strikes Back.

Here is a list of callbacks and references to the other Star Wars movies in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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  1. Did you notice the dice hanging in Han Solo's land speeder? They are the same ones that make it onto the Millennium Falcon. They become a minor plot point in The Last Jedi and can be seen in a deleted scene from The Force Awakens. Qi'ra later gives them back to Han.
  2. Han is given his original iconic pistol by Beckett, and Chewie his bandolier. It is crossed over like the original Ralph McQuarrie design sketch – just look at the image to the right.
  3. After knocking the chasing TIE fighter out of the sky with the Millennium Falcon, Han says to his fellow companions, “I thought we were in trouble there for just a second, but it's fine, we're fine.” This is a call back to when Han has a conversation via a comm channel in the Prisoner Block and he says “we're fine, everything's fine, how are you?” which then led to the great Han Solo quote, “it was a boring conversation anyway!”  Note: This was not actually in the movie but in the trailer.
  4. Qi'ra's red cape design style has been seen before – on a certain person who was hesitant to take on the Empire in Rogue One, Vasp Vaspar. Heck, the cape could have been made for Rogue One and recycled into the Solo movie.
  5. Han says he has “a good feeling about this,” which is a twist on the classic “bad feeling” expression.
  6. The “Punch it” quote (or Push it as some trailers had it) is a classic reference to the famous line.
  7. When Han says “Watch this” to Kira as he attempts to maneuver through a tight spot and fails, it's a reference to The Empire Strikes Back when Han attempts to flee the Imperials in the Falcon and he says the same line.
  8. We finally get to see Chewbacca rip someone's arms off in the mine elevator on Kessel (the deleted scene in The Force Awakens does not count). This is the kind of skill Han warned Chewie had in A New Hope.
  9. Han pretending to use a thermal detonator in front of  Lady Proxima is a call back to when Leia does it in front of Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi.
  10. Han claims in front of Lando that his ship is a VCX-100. This is perhaps a reference to the freighter flown in the Rebels television show.
  11. The Zan sisters are mentioned in the book Shadows of the Empire.
  12. Speaking of the Empire, the bounty hunter Bossk (from The Empire Strikes Back) is mused as a possible fit for Beckett's team.
  13. There's a “Two Tubes” alien from Rogue One that is a part of Enfys Nest's marauder gang.
  14. We see parts of Star Destroyers being made that can be seen in the other movies and also some TIE Fighters.
  15. Han shoots Beckett first, the same as he shot Greedo first in A New Hope.
  16. When Han and Lando hug at the end, it reverses their hug when they first meet in The Empire Strikes Back – this time Han is the aggressor.
  17. The planet Scariff from Rogue One is referenced.
  18. Tobias Becket is confirmed to be the killer of Aurra Sing. She was briefly seen in The Phantom Menace on Tattoine, observing the famous pod race that Anakin won.
  19. Lando deliberately addresses Han as “Harn” thus establishing why Billy Dee did that in The Empire Strikes Back. It kind of fixes the mispronunciation mistake that was made.
  20. Chewie plays space chess on the Millenium Falcon with Beckett, a call back to the infamous game in A New Hope and The Force Awakens.
  21. Qi'ra was a student of the fictional martial art called Teras Kasi. The name “Teras Kasi” is a direct reference to the Star Wars-themed fighting game on the PlayStation, called Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi. We can probably thank Jon Kasdan for that one.
  22. Warrick Davis plays his millionth cameo in a Star Wars film. This time he's a part of the “Enfys Nest2 gang – and, given they use his natural face, it would seem he's playing Weasel who was first seen in The Phantom Menace as part of the pod racing scenes.
  23. When Han is stuck in the mud when he fights Chewie, his pose is the same as that when he was frozen in Carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back.
  24. When Lando says to Han, “I hate you,” he replies with the iconic line from The Empire Strikes Back, “I know.”
  25. In The Empire Strikes back Han and Lando are talking about the Millenium Falcon and Han says “you lost her to me, fair and square.” In this movie, Lando is a card cheat, and Han takes advantage of that to win the last game by removing Lando's cheat card from the game, thus making it, fair and square.
  26. The Imperial March is used as part of propaganda to get Imperial Recruits. This is totally some kind of meta “in-joke” as the March is Darth Vader‘s theme song.
  27. Lando talks about how he had “alluvial dampers” installed on the Falcon. This is a great call back to when Han references these in The Empire Strikes Back when he suggests Chewie checks on them.
  28. “They don't serve our kind here” so says L3-37 – which is a classic nod to when C-3PO and R2-D2 got booted out of the Cantina in A New Hope.
  29. Jabba the Hutt is referred to as a gangster putting together a crew.
  30. Darth Maul's cameo is as obvious a cameo as any in movie history.
  31. When Chewbacca is offered as a slave on Kessel, it's a subterfuge – Han uses the same trick with Chewie on the Death Star in A New Hope.
  32. The smuggling compartments are used to store the fuel – these of course a used in A New Hope and The Force Awakens.
  33. Lando does a two-fingered salute – just as he does before the Battle for Endor in Return of the Jedi.
  34. The helmet Beckett wears as he enters the spice mine as Kira's bodyguard is the same that Lando wears in Return of the Jedi at Jabba's Palace.
  35. A Stormtrooper says “Move along, move along” – the same line that is said to Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope.
  36. Han Solo is finally seen doing the infamous Kessel Run in 12 parsecs (if you round it down…).
  37. If you were wondering about the comparison between the original Han Solo as played by Harrison Ford and newcomer to the role, Alden Ehrenreich then take a look at their respective cheeky grins:
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