Among the worst kept secrets of the upcoming Ron Howard directed Star Wars spinoff film is about it featuring the iconic Millennium Falcon. It might appear obvious, but, considering the secrecy that Lucasfilm maintain about their underproduction movies, nothing is definite until it is seen on screen.
However, fans have already spotted the iconic ship haphazardly disguised on the set of upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story and they are still spotting it even after several months.
Somebody happened to be looking at Google maps in the vicinity of Longcross Studios near London which has been the location for films such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story in recent years. That’s when the Millennium Falcon was spotted. It was hidden in a way that would have worked for passers-by on the surface, but, it was not effective for the eyes in the space or drones. How could Lucasfilm be so naïve?
Honestly, it is not the first occurrence of this exact satellite image from Google. This very picture had first done rounds in June, just before we saw Chris Miller and Phil Lord being fired from Solo: A Star Wars Story. At that time also, a lot of people had remarked how Lucasfilm failed to hide the iconic spaceship by making a lame camouflage comprising of tarp and shipping containers. The picture became famous enough to be added to Google Maps with a landmark identification.
We must not forget that the image in question is dated March 27, 2017. Satellite imagery is more frequently updated in big cities, but, not that frequently in the case of sparsely populated areas.
There might be another update in the months to come which might not show Falcon out there. We don’t know whether Lucasfilm uses the same model of the ship for all films by making minor modifications or they build fresh ships for each new movie. At least, they don’t have any compulsion to cut costs as far as the movie props are concerned.
We will see Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15 this year and later in Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25, next year.