'Solo': An exclusive sneak peek at the concept art that inspired the 'Star Wars Story'

Yahoo Movies

Solo: A Star Wars Story occupies a curious space in that galaxy far, far away. Set in “the lawless time” between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope on locations never visited before onscreen, the film allowed the production team to explore untrodden territory and create brand-new vehicles, characters, and planets while still playing within the palette envisioned by George Lucas and original concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. The genesis of the spinoff film is explored in the newly released The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Storyby Phil Szostak, which collects hundreds of pieces of concept art, sketches, and early computer renderings tracing the evolution of the film. Click through for Yahoo Entertainment’s exclusive sneak peek.

(The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak and Lucasfilm Ltd. ©2018, Abrams Books and Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.)

<p>Lucasfilm design supervisor James Clyne heroically captures the dynamic duo and their iconic ship, the Millennium Falcon, from their younger days in a piece of art that was used for the book’s cover.<br> (Image courtesy of Abrams Books/Lucasfilm Ltd.) </p>
Han, Chewie, and the Falcon

Lucasfilm design supervisor James Clyne heroically captures the dynamic duo and their iconic ship, the Millennium Falcon, from their younger days in a piece of art that was used for the book’s cover.
(Image courtesy of Abrams Books/Lucasfilm Ltd.)

<p>Clyne’s concept for an early battle scene featuring Imperial forces on the swamp planet of Mimban is recreated almost identically in the Ron Howard film. (Image courtesy of Abrams Books/Lucasfilm Ltd.) </p>
Mimban Exterior 09

Clyne’s concept for an early battle scene featuring Imperial forces on the swamp planet of Mimban is recreated almost identically in the Ron Howard film. (Image courtesy of Abrams Books/Lucasfilm Ltd.)

<p>These are Jake Lunt Davies’s early designs for the speeders piloted by raiders who are rivals to Han’s gang. (Image courtesy of Abrams Books/Lucasfilm Ltd.) </p>
Pirate 05

These are Jake Lunt Davies’s early designs for the speeders piloted by raiders who are rivals to Han’s gang. (Image courtesy of Abrams Books/Lucasfilm Ltd.)

<p>These Lunt Davies designs for the pirates’ speeders are heavily influenced by classic WWII fighters. (Image courtesy of Abrams Books/Lucasfilm Ltd.) </p>
Pirate 6A

These Lunt Davies designs for the pirates’ speeders are heavily influenced by classic WWII fighters. (Image courtesy of Abrams Books/Lucasfilm Ltd.)

<p>The well-heeled patrons of crime lord Dryden Vos model the universe’s finest threads, as depicted by costume concept artist Adam Brockbank.<br> (Image courtesy of Abrams Books/Lucasfilm Ltd.) </p>
Yacht Guests Version 1A

The well-heeled patrons of crime lord Dryden Vos model the universe’s finest threads, as depicted by costume concept artist Adam Brockbank.
(Image courtesy of Abrams Books/Lucasfilm Ltd.)

<p>The climax takes place on this planet, inspired by classic Hollywood Westerns. Explains production designer Neil Lamont: “James [Clyne] and I don’t want the saloon’s exterior to end up looking like the Ewok village or even some of Ralph McQuarrie’s work for Kashyyyk, the home of the Wookiees. We had to be very careful of that. When we get to the exterior, we’re adding a lot more metal into it, as though these are the things holding the buildings into the mountain.”<br> (Image courtesy of Abrams Books/Lucasfilm Ltd.) </p>
Dodge City Version 1C

The climax takes place on this planet, inspired by classic Hollywood Westerns. Explains production designer Neil Lamont: “James [Clyne] and I don’t want the saloon’s exterior to end up looking like the Ewok village or even some of Ralph McQuarrie’s work for Kashyyyk, the home of the Wookiees. We had to be very careful of that. When we get to the exterior, we’re adding a lot more metal into it, as though these are the things holding the buildings into the mountain.”
(Image courtesy of Abrams Books/Lucasfilm Ltd.)

What to Read Next