Clint Howard in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Clint Howard

Not a Star Wars easter egg, but definitely a Ron Howard one! Howard’s brother is usually in all of the Oscar winner’s films, and Solo: A Star Wars Story is no different, with Clint Howard turning up as the man running the droid fights that L3-37 so loudly protests.

The Decraniated

First introduced in Rogue One, these strange robotic humanoid creatures have the tops of their heads sliced off, and one is seen serving in Dryden Vos’ sky yacht. This is a nod to the original Star Wars Story, but it gets even deeper, as the decrainated were created by Dr. Cornelius Evazan AKA the pig-nosed man who tries to fight Luke in the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope.

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Mandalorian Armor

Solo: A Star Wars Story’s big bad Dryden Vos had a particularly interesting piece of Star Wars memorabilia in his floating palace – a suit of Mandalorian armor, most famously worn by the bounty hunter Boba Fett and his father before him.

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A Hiding Place on the Falcon

As the crew loaded their Coaxium into the Millennium Falcon, you may have noticed a lingering shot onto the cargo hold that they put it into. Well, that would be because it’s likely to be the same exact place that Finn and Rey hid when they first hijacked the Falcon and were boarded by Han and Chewie! It’s also where Han, Luke and the original crew hid from Stormtroopers during A New Hope.

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The Maw

In Star Wars Legends stories, the planet Kessel is surrounded by an almost impossible-to-navigate cluster of unstable black holes called The Maw, which Solo: A Star Wars Story took wholesale for their dangerous surroundings of the planet in the movie version.

Teras Kasi

Qi’ra makes what seems like a throwaway comment when she says that she’s a master of Teras Kasi, an ancient martial art utilized by Force Users. The Teras Kasi is a reference to a classic, lesser known PlayStation fighting game called Masters of the Teras Kasi.

Dejarik

This is an easter egg that fans of the Expanded Universe might not be too happy about, but we see Beckett introducing Chewie to the galactic holochess game known as Dejarik. The Falcon’s Dejarik table famously appears in the original trilogy and The Force Awakens, but in Legends canon, Chewie is actually a prized Dejarik player and the one who asks Han to install the table on the Falcon.

Benthic “Two Tubes”

One of Saw Gerrera’s partisans in Rogue One appears to be a member of the Cloud-Riders. Benthic “Two Tubes” and his brother Endio were a part of Gerrera’s separatist arm of the Rebellion, and now we know what Benthic was doing in the years leading up to the Battle of Scarif.

L3-37 is actually in The Empire Strikes Back

Now that we know L3-37 is part of the ship’s computer in the Falcon, a line said by C-3PO in The Empire Strikes Back now makes a lot more sense. You may recall that the golden droid states “Sir, I don’t know where your ship learned to communicate, but it has the most peculiar dialect.” And now we know that peculiar dialect is straight from Lando’s beloved droid.

Scarif

Though it’s only a quick mention, we get a nice nod to the original Star Wars Story when Qi’ra suggests that Scarif might be a place where they could find enough Coaxium to repay Dryden Vos.

Lando’s Return of the Jedi Disguise

This was a great throwback to the original trilogy: Tobias Beckett dons Lando’s helmet and armor disguise from Return of the Jedi during the mission to the Kessel spice mines…a moment which also bore more than a slight resemblance to the faux prisoner trade-off in A New Hope.

Anthony Daniels

The only person to appear in every Star Wars movie, Daniels has a small cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story as a human ally of the Wookiees freed from the Kessel spice mines. It’s a blink and you’ll miss it cameo, but it means that Daniels keeps his record with this sweet moment.

Warwick Davis

Wicket the Ewok is back! No, there aren’t any actual Ewoks in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but the man who brought the most famous of them to life is back on the screen again, and this time he gets to be a freedom fighter alongside Enfys Nest. Davis has played 10 different characters in Star Wars canon, and four of those were just in The Phantom Menace!

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Darth Maul

The biggest of all the Solo: A Star Wars Story easter eggs is the last act reveal of Maul as the leader of Crimson Dawn. Maul debuted in The Phantom Menace, and was the first apprentice of Darth Sidious. Maul apparently fell to his death (after being, uh, cut in half) during a battle with Obi-Wan…though as fans of the animated Star Wars television shows know, Maul actually survived. This was a massive reveal and it’s likely that the future movies will feature Maul as a big bad, running the Crimson Dawn and terrorizing the galaxy.

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