– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you’ve been scrubbing through the recent teasers for Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, you may have noticed that it looks a lot nicer than it does when we first see it in Star Wars: A New Hope. As far as we know, the Falcon in Solo belongs to one Lando Calrissian, and from what we can tell Lando’s a man of comfort, and as such, wants his ships to bring with it a level of comfort that Han just doesn’t care about.

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So is that the only reason the Millennium Falcon looks like a piece of junk later on in the movies? Speaking with EW, actor Alden Ehrenreich gives a pretty good reason behind the declining aesthetic of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, saying:

“It’s safer in the galaxy to fly something that looks like a piece of junk. People underestimate you — especially if you’re up to no good. Kinda like how you’re more likely to get pulled over if you’re driving a Lamborghini.”

Okay, for starters, he makes a great point. I can see Han as the type of person who purposely strips down the Falcon so as to help in outrunning his enemies. However, I can see a flipside to this.

Han Solo is the type of guy who would let a ship go to ruins…only to justify it with some flimsy excuse like that. Perhaps he’s just a messy guy who let his ship’s more visually-appealing aspects fall by the wayside. At the end of the day, it may end with enemies underestimating it, but that just may be an unintended side effect of his carelessness.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.