In Solo: A Star Wars Story it’s possible that no one has heard of the Millennium Falcon, yet. And that’s because the thing that supposedly made it famous — completing the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs — will happen in this movie. But who will do the piloting during this famous event? Lando Calrissian or Han Solo?
On Friday, multiple outlets reported that photos from forthcoming Star Wars Lego sets have confirmed that the Falcon will sport a new look in Solo. But, the more relevant piece of information was the fact that this particular earlier version of the spice freighter is being called “Kessel Run Millennium Falcon,” which means something Han mentioned about A New Hope, and caused headaches for real astrophysicists, will finally be depicted.
What is the Kessel Run? In old Star Wars canon, it was a specific hyperspace route used by smugglers to get “spice” from Kessel. How the Falcon was able to do this “faster” than other ships remains to be seen. But, because in real life parsecs are a measurement of distance, rather than time, it’s possible some space/time actual sci-fi explanation might finally explain what the hell Han was talking about.
According to the leaked images, the Falcon will also look different in the new movie. Instead of having that famous gap in the middle of the ship, the whole front of the ship will now be all one piece. This probably is because Han hasn’t made any of the “special modifications” to the ship yet. Hardcore Star Wars fans will tell you that the Falcon is a YT1300 freighter and that several versions of the same kind of ship were actually seen on landing platforms on the planet Coruscant in the prequels.
But, the biggest mystery is still easily which person was piloting the Falcon when the Kessel Run was completed? Han never told Obi-Wan and Luke that he and Chewie personally completed the run, just that their ship was famous for having done so. Which, honestly means any of the characters appearing in Solo could be responsible for making this happen. Including the mysterious smuggler mentor played by Woody Harrelson.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is out in wide release on May 25, 2018.