'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Will Include a Famous Millennium Falcon Stunt
Spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars story below.
When trying to imagine what a prequel movie about young Han Solo could possibly include, there are some straightforward options: Han Solo befriending Chewie, Han Solo getting the Millennium Falcon, and Han Solo completing the Kessel Run "in 12 parsecs." Then you get into bigger debates over whether faces like Jabba or Greedo will appear.
While we can only make guesses about the first two (the fact that the film includes young Chewbacca and young Lando is something of a give away), we now have some evidence that the Kessel Run will indeed take place in Solo: A Star Wars Story, where director Ron Howard will likely make some passing reference to Han not understanding what a "parsec" is.
According to a number of different news sites, including Star Wars News Net and The Brick Show, a bunch of Lego sets based on the upcoming film were leaked online. One set in particular stood out, showing a fancy, blue-trimmed version of Han's famous ship labelled 75212 and called "Kessel Run Millennium Falcon."
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These are still unconfirmed, and they notably contain the recent artwork that leaked this past week. The leaked image first came from a Russian merchandise website, but while Lucasfilm and Disney have said it wasn't created by them, it's still possible that this image was created separate from the studios by one of the legions of companies making Star Wars toys (or maybe they're just denying it). But it's still enough reason to be skeptical, even if it doesn't shoot it down completely.
As for the Lego set itself, the most obvious interpretation of "Kessel Run Millennium Falcon" is the one you've probably guessed: this is the pristine condition which the ship will be in when Han Solo completes the Kessel Run in whatever measure of time it takes - unless the Run itself is actually just 12 parsecs long, and the Kessel Run is actually a hyperspace run.
This also isn't the first hint we've gotten that the planet Kessel will be appearing. This past fall, new director Ron Howard (replacing Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were apparently going off-script too much for Lucasfilm's tastes) posted a photo of a mine with the caption "spicy". Anyone who knows their Star Wars lore can tell you that Kessel is mostly known for its spice mines.
We'll hopefully learn more about both Han and his ship soon, as well as the still-mysterious other characters played by Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke. Especially since the movie is slated to come out this year, and we still haven't seen much through official channels.
Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out May 25, 2018.