Here's the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon Differs from the Original

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 - 3:40PM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 - 3:40PM
Here's the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon Differs from the Original
When the first full trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shown at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, one of the biggest cheers came when the Millennium Falcon swooped onto the screen before revealing Han and Chewie. It was an indication of how beloved the rogue and his Wookiee both are, but it was also a reminder of the fact that their "piece of junk" is arguably the most iconic spacecraft in movie history (sorry Trek fans). 

With 30 years having elapsed in the Star Wars chronology, the Millennium Falcon of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to look a little different to the one we last saw during Return of the Jedi. A new video from Entertainment Weekly discusses the changes that have been made to the famous Corellian Freighter both on and off the screen, from that hydraulic door that broke Harrison Ford to the instant way to spot the newest iteration of the Falcon.



There are some nice insights into the making of both the old and the new Falcon in there, and it's especially nice to hear that Harrison Ford had some specific design requests before he set foot in his trusty space steed once more. Of course, we've not seen much footage from inside the Falcon's cockpit, but come opening night we're certainly going to be keeping an eye out to make sure the big man's requests were honored.

Of course, as the video points out, there's one very easy way to tell the new Falcon apart from its predecessor. In Return of the Jedi, Lando Calrissian bumped and jumped his way through the depths of the second death star, knocking the Falcon's radar dish off in the process.


In The Force Awakens, that old circular dish has been replaced by a new rectangular number, but this is a minor change compared to how the Falcon could have looked. JJ Abrams and his team were so concerned with ensuring the two iterations of the Falcon felts separate from each other, the initial concept art had called for far more sweeping changes to its appearance. Luckily, they ensure the old girl still has it where it counts, and kept the changes to a minimum.
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