solo a star wars story movie night ideas

Plan Your Movie Night with Solo: A Star Wars Story! New Products + Activities and More #HanSolo

solo a star wars story movie night ideas

It’s movie night in our house thanks to Disney, Lucasfilm and Hasbro! That’s right – Solo: A Star Wars Story is now available everywhere on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD. We were sent a movie night package from Disney to celebrate and we can’t wait to share what is inside.

Solo: A Star Wars story is the prequel to the original trilogy and tells the back story of the scoundrel with a heart of gold that we all love. It’s a got a gritty feel of an old western and shows you where Han gets his start. With his past, a broken heart and several battles – there’s a lot to enjoy about Solo: A Star Wars Story. We’ve got our popcorn popped, our blasters ready and we’re snuggling under this new blanket as we get ready for tonight’s movie night!

What inside our movie night box? So many goodies that will make it a perfect movie night including:

Are you ready for your movie night with Han Solo? Solo: A Star Wars Story is now available everywhere on Digital HD, 4K, Blu-Ray and DVD today, so be sure to grab your copy.

Want more Star Wars fun? We have an Xbox sweepstakes you can enter, activity sheets and even more from each of the actors on their role in the movie. Grab your favorite Wookie and get ready for a fun night with Solo: A Star Wars Story!

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To celebrate the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Lucasfilm and Xbox are excited to announce the Xbox One X Solo Custom Console Sweepstakes!

Each custom console includes a physical copy of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” on 4K Ultra HD. Enter now for your chance to win at https://soloxboxsweeps.com

from now until September 30, 2018. Open to U.S. and Canadian (excluding Quebec) residents only.

Check out what we got in our Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Kit Box!

What the Actors think of their CharactersSOLO: OUR STAR WARS STORY

To celebrate the in-home launch of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we chat to the all-star cast about their journey to the Millennium Falcon… and beyond. What does Star Wars mean to the actors? What was it like to walk on to the iconic Star Wars set for the very first time? Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany and Phoebe Waller-Bridge explain all in this exclusive interview.

The in-home release of Solo: A Star Wars Story is packed with bonus material including deleted scenes, cast interviews and never-before-seen featurettes on the making of the movie. The story of the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy is on a lightspeed course for homes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and via Movies Anywhere on September 14, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on September 25.

ALDEN EHRENREICH: HAN SOLO

“Star Wars has always meant a lot to me. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved everything about it. I had all the toys. I had a Phantom Menace poster on my wall, which had Anakin Skywalker with the shadow of Darth Vader. It’s an unbelievably good poster.”

“Right before we started shooting the movie, I wanted to talk to Harrison Ford, just to pay respect and have him give us his blessing on the film. We had lunch two years ago, and he was really encouraging and supportive. He is so effusive about the movie, which means so much to me. I know it’s also a huge deal to Ron [Howard] and Kathleen [Kennedy] to have him genuinely enjoy the film.”

“As soon as I was cast in the role, I did as much research as possible. First of all, I sat down and watched the movies. I watched Star Wars: The Phantom Menace through The Force Awakens straight away. At that point, those were all the movies that had been made.”

“This project is bigger than you can wrap your head around. It’s wonderful. Stepping into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon is especially surreal. You get in there and you can’t believe you’re inside. It’s an amazing feeling. That’s the set everyone wants to see when they visit you at work. They want to have that experience, too. After a couple of months of shooting, you’re inside the Millennium Falcon and you’re flying it; you know where all the buttons are and you know how the chair feels. That’s when you go, ‘Okay, this is my ship now.’ That feeling was deeply gratifying.”

DONALD GLOVER: LANDO CALRISSIAN

Star Wars was a big part of my upbringing. When I was a kid, the first toy I can remember getting was a Lando Calrissian action figure that my father bought me. I had a Darth Vader one, too. Star Warswas one of the first movies my father showed me. We had it on VHS and LaserDisc. That’s how long ago it was! Like any seven-year-old boy, I pretended to be Lando, so it was pretty surreal to be cast as a character I’d watched throughout my childhood.”

“It felt like a dream walking on to the Solo set for the very first time. It’s tough to find the words to describe it. You can’t help but smile and feel like a child. It was amazing. The very first scene I shot for the movie was the scene with the card game, sabacc. I sat down at that table with all those creatures and it felt incredible. You sit there and you enjoy every second. You touch things. You talk to the creatures. You talk to the people under the table operating the creatures. It was really cool. We played sabacc for three days straight, but I’d learned a lot of card tricks before that. I also learned a couple of tricks on rolling the dice. We spent a lot of time playing sabacc for this movie.”

“There was not a lot of space to move in the Millennium Falcon’scockpit; especially when you’ve got a Wookiee and a droid in there with you – but there was a lot more space in Lando’s quarters. That was my favorite part of the Falcon. I would go in there and read books.”

JOONAS SUOTAMO: CHEWBACCA

“Back in 2013, I saw the first casting announcement for this role. They were looking for someone who was 7’ 2” with blue eyes. I can remember it vividly because I thought to myself, ‘I am too short for this role.’ About four months later, they called me and asked me to shoot an audition tape – but they didn’t mention it was Star Wars. They found me because of my basketball background. They called the Scandinavian Basketball Association and discovered there was a seven-foot tall, blue-eyed guy there. That’s how it all started for me. After J.J. Abrams saw me, I was asked to be Peter Mayhew’s double for The Force Awakens. That was my first time as Chewie. I also got into the suit in The Last Jedi, and now for Solo.”

“The first Solo set I walked on to was the mud pit where audiences get to meet Chewie for the very first time. Seeing the pit was a dreary moment for me, because I knew I was going to roll around in that mud for a very long time shooting the fight scene with Han. For those scenes, I often wore a wetsuit underneath the Chewbacca suit to protect me from the cold. I was wet the whole time and there was mud everywhere in that pit – and it was cold. I’d been practicing stunts for two months before we got to set, but it would all culminate in that mud pit. I was excited because the screenplay was so good. I knew it was going to be an amazing movie.”

PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE: L3-37

“I was nervous but excited on my first day on Solo. Before you step on set, you know that the people building these sets, making these costumes and creating the creatures are at the top of their game. You know you’re about to walk into a new world that’s literally magical. I walked through a little cave-like door and suddenly it was smoky. The lighting was very dark and realistic. There were creatures behind a bar serving drinks. There were droids surrounding a cage and the band was playing. “

“When we were taken through to the cockpit, everyone instantly regressed to being eight-year-old kids. Everyone was desperate to press all the buttons, but we were also scared that we might take off. It was strangely emotional and panicky and hyperactive in there. I think the producers knew they had to bring us in at least an hour early, so that we could calm down from the magic of seeing it for the first time.

“It was tricky to get into L3’s cockpit seat. Once I was in there, it was fine – but getting in was tough because I was wearing a droid costume. There was a moment when I thought I was going to have to do it without L3’s legs – but eventually I managed to climb into the seat. I did a lot of practice climbing in and out of the chair. Once you were in there, it was amazing. There was a huge screen covering all the windows of the cockpit, so it felt like you were really going into space.”

EMILIA CLARKE: QI’RA

“The first set I walked on to for Solo was one of the biggest sound stages in Europe. It was at Pinewood Studios in England and it was enormous. It was mental! In the scene, Han and Qi’ra have just escaped Mother Proxima’s clutches and we are in the space port. We were surrounded by droids and stormtroopers, so it was veryStar Wars. There were cameras on wires and creatures wandering around. It literally couldn’t have been more Star Wars. It felt like every bit of the Star Wars galaxy was thrown into one room. That was my epic first day.”

“What did it feel like to walk on to the set? It was pretty astonishing really. It felt like you had to feign a sense of cool, because internally you were freaking out. It was like, ‘Okay, we’re cool. Everything’s going to be cool.’ But inside I was blown away and I was really, really excited.

“Walking on to the Millennium Falcon for the first time was just as cool. You don’t even need to be a diehard fan to have that ‘walking into Santa’s grotto for the first time’ feeling. It was just astonishing. You don’t expect to be blown away by it, but the power that the franchise holds over just about everyone is incredible. It’s very, very powerful.”

“Filming scenes in the Millennium Falcon was a lot of fun. You can get really comfy on those leather seats. You really can. A fun game to play is: ‘How many crew members can you fit into the Millennium Falcon?’ There were often more people than there were seats. Especially in that little cockpit. When they yelled cut, we’d all be thinking, ‘Great. Who gets to sit down?’”

PAUL BETTANY: DRYDEN VOS

“The first set that I stepped on to was the ballroom of Dryden’s starship, or star-yacht. It was amazing. I walked down a spiral staircase and there was a girl in a gold lamé dress singing into a microphone. There was an R2 unit going by with champagne flutes on his head, if indeed that is a head. I got chills.”

“The attention to detail on the sets was incredible. I was blown away by it all. There was a cyclorama [a 360-degree view] of [the Italian mountain range] the Dolomites outside the yacht, and it was actually the Dolomites because I recognized the mountains. The cyclorama is a big screen, which actually moved when the vehicle was supposed to be moving. The light changed on the mountains and animals flew into shot. It was incredible.

“I didn’t get to shoot any scenes in the Millennium Falcon, but I went on to the Falcon set a lot because I would bring lots of friends’ kids to look around. That set also gave me chills. Star Wars was a really big film for me when I was a six-year-old boy. To be able to walk on to the Millennium Falcon was the stuff of childhood dreams. I loved it, although it was interesting to see that Lando keeps it in much better shape than Han. It was very clean compared to the Falcon we see in the ‘70s movies. In the ‘70s, it looks frankly unhygienic.”

Solo: A Star Wars Story In-Home Trailer:

About the At Home Release of Solo: A Star Wars Story: 

Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Ron Howard—the creator of unforgettable films, such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” “Parenthood” and “Splash”—took moviegoers on this summer’s wildest ride with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). The action-packed journey explores Han’s first encounters with future friend and copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), as well as his adventure-filled past alongside fellow street thief Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and career criminal Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Watch instantly on Sept. 14th as the Millennium Falcon sets course digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere, and bring the adventure home on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 25.

solo at home release date“Solo: A Star Wars Story” bonus content takes fans behind the scenes to experience compelling discussions with the star-studded cast and screenwriters Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan (writer of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi); a revealing feature on Chewie and his enduring friendship with Han; a close-up look at the original version of the Millennium Falcon and Han’s first time piloting the infamous ship; the creation of the film’s otherworldly settings and pulse-pounding action sequences; and eight never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes.

DIGITAL AND BLU-RAY BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

  • Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable

Sit down with director Ron Howard and the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of the film’s making.

  • Team Chewie

See what it takes to bring your favorite Wookiee to life in this lighthearted look behind the scenes.

  • Kasdan on Kasdan
    Iconic Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan share what it was like to write the movie’s script together.
  • Remaking the Millennium Falcon
    Track the transformation of the most famous ship in the galaxy, from Lando’s swank and impeccable pride and joy to Han’s stripped-down hot-rod freighter with “special modifications.”
  • Escape from Corellia

Get behind the wheel for the making of this high-octane chase through the streets of Corellia.

  • The Train Heist

Explore the challenges and thrills of creating this action-packed sequence, including its remote location and spectacular effects.

  • Becoming a Droid: L3-37

Meet the newest droid—and the talented actor who helps bring her to life.

  • Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso

Take an in-depth tour of the rough-and-tumble bar where strangers mix and gamblers risk all in the legendary card game, Sabaac.

  • Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run

Join Han and Chewie at the controls of the Millennium Falcon to see how this legendary moment in Star Wars history unfolds.

  • Deleted Scenes

o   Proxima’s Den

o   Corellian Foot Chase

o   Han Solo: Imperial Cadet

o   The Battle of Mimban: Extended

o   Han Versus Chewie: Extended

o   Snowball Fight!

o   Meet Dryden: Extended

o   Coaxium Double-Cross

  • The Millenium Falcon: From Page to Park – An exclusive look at the history of the most famous ship in the galaxy, its origin and development, and how it will translate in one of the most anticipated expansions in Disneyland’s history.

Directed by Ron Howard, the fun-filled galactic heist movie stars Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail, Caesar!,” “Tetro”), Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “The Messenger”), Emilia Clarke (“Me Before You,” “Game of Thrones”), Donald Glover (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “The Martian”), Thandie Newton (“Gringo,” “Crash”), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag,” “Killing Eve”) and Paul Bettany (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Master and Commander”). Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) returns to play Chewbacca.

Written by Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel. Lawrence Kasdan, Jason McGatlin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are executive producers.

To create the unique look of the film, some of the industry’s top talent was recruited, including Academy Award® nominee Bradford Young (“Arrival”), director of photography; two-time Academy Award–winning editor Pietro Scalia (“Alien: Covenant”); Dominic Tuohy (“The Mummy”), special effects supervisor; Rob Bredow (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), visual effects supervisor; and John Powell (“Jason Bourne”), score composed and adapted by.

They are joined by returning Star Wars veteran crew members: Neil Lamont, production designer; Neal Scanlan, special creature effects; David Crossman and Glyn Dillon, costume designers; Jamie Wilkinson, prop master; Lisa Tomblin-Fitzpatrick, hair designer; and Amanda Knight, makeup designer.

The legendary John Williams is credited with the “Han Solo Theme” and original Star Wars music.

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