Star Wars has had a history of referencing other films ever since George Lucas created this galaxy back in the 1970s, whether it’s homages to Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai or the Flash Gordon serials. With Ron Howard in the director’s chair of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the veteran filmmaker has included a few easter eggs of his own that keen film fans were able to spot in the teaser trailer.
One of the references found in the trailer is a recreation of one of the scenes from George Lucas’ American Graffiti, a film that Howard himself appeared in. The scene from the Solo trailer with Han and Qi’ra on an intergalactic joy ride mirrors a shot from American Graffiti that just so happens to feature Harrison Ford.
There’s another quick scene in the trailer where Han is about to draw his blaster, and while the composition of that shot hearkens back to a lot of Western films, Lawrence Kasdan’s Silverado is one that springs to mind. Kasdan co-wrote the Solo screenplay along with his son Lawrence Kasdan, and he’s also worked on the screenplays of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
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Here’s the official synopsis:
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Directed by Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bethany, Joonas Suotamo and Ian Kenny.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on May 25, 2018.