The Last Jedi: What’s the deal with Han Solo’s dice?
Rian Johnson’s keen eyes showcase a critical Easter egg in The Last Jedi.
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi we get a glimpse of a prop we hadn’t seen since A New Hope, Han Solo’s lucky dice. The dice seemed to have been forgotten in the subsequent sequels until Rian Johnson brought them back. In doing so, he gives a touching tribute to Star Wars past while helping to propel the series’ future.Photo Credit: Lucasfilm
Our first glimpse of the dice in The Last Jedi Comes when Luke steps into the cockpit of the Falcon. And later in a touching exchange between Luke and Leia, the dice are used to symbolize that those we love are always with us. Although it was a moving tribute to the loss of everyone’s favorite smugglers on screen, the sudden loss of Carrie Fisher in 2016 made the moment far more emotional.Photo Credit: Lucasfilm
And yet we still find ourselves asking, what’s the deal with these dice?
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The dice may be a subtle link to Solo: A Star War Story due out in May. It’s well known that’s Han Solo won the Falcon from Lando Calrissian, while playing the Corellian Spike variant of Sabacc — utilizing the six-sided dice that Han hung in the cockpit of the Falcon for luck. We now have another storyline from Star Wars Legends shaping the cinematic canon.
A recently released synopsis of Solo: A Star Wars Story suggests that we will re-live some of Han’s significant moment before A New Hope. We’ll see the start of Han and Chewie’s partnership. And it’s reasonable to assume we’re going to witness Han Solo winning the Falcon from Lando.
If this ends up being true, it will be the second time Lucasfilm has used a Marvel-like Easter egg to connect their new films. The first was the mention of hyperspace tracking technology in Rogue One, that the first order makes use of in The Last Jedi.
It shows a conscientious effort on the part of the Lucasfilm story group to have all the dots connect in Star Wars films going forward. It would be a nice touch if at the end of the film Han hangs the dice in the cockpit of the newly acquired Falcon before he and Chewie start their career as “notorious” smugglers.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently in theatres, while Solo: A Star Wars Story drops May 25, 2018, worldwide.