Merchandise for Solo: A Star Wars Story has revealed that the original design for the Imperial Star Destroyer will become canon.
The marketing push for Solo is now in full force with new information about characters, locations, and plot elements coming our way on a regular basis via comments from cast and crew as well as official merchandise.
Mattel, as revealed at New York Toy Fair, is making products based off the upcoming ships from the film as a part of their Hot Wheels line of Star Wars toys. Interestingly, this will include a design from Colin Cantwell’s original designs for the Imperial Star Destroyer.
The new ship, known as the Arrestor Cruiser, was initially pitched to George Lucas as the design of the original destroyer and Cantwell has now released the idea that he gave to Lucas via Instagram.
The creation of the #Stardestroyer – I asked George about the scenes. We had a few words in which he described the scenes. I then asked "Is it bigger than Burbank?" to determine the size of the Imperial Cruiser and the opening scenes of the movie. The hatch concept was developed in terms of the need of actual scenes later in the movie. In the opeing I was describing something WWII-ish of a concept with a gunner in the fuscelage. The ship was designed with a lot of thought on what the viewer would experience related to the massiveness of the ship. This involved thinking of things and creating relationships between all of the ships and their interactions with each other. George and I also discussed several other topics in which I asked qualifying questions. This gave me enough information to start designing the ships. It also gave him the information to continue with his work. I was separate from George for most of that time and worked on the final products alone. I started by creating what had to be in the middle and things were added on and so forth. I basically designed this ship and other ships around the function and the impact of the ship on the viewer. The sequence of function and the emotion and it had to feel like it was already there. When starting on a ship, I never did know what it would look like by the end. PS – those fighters in the concept illustration were the original imperial attack ships. I didn't create the #TIE until much later. See the other concepts at www.cantwellcollection.com
You can see an image of the new ship in toy form, along with another Solo ship called the Imperial Hauler, in a tweet below:
2 NEW ships from the Solo movie! The "Arrestor Cruiser" and the "Imperial Hauler" pic.twitter.com/nljJ7lDMpc
— short Stormtrooper (@shortStormy) February 20, 2018
A new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Solo: A Star Wars Story features Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Tobias Beckett, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) as L3-37, Emilia Clarke (Gameof Thrones) as Qi’Ra, Thandie Newton (Westworld) as Val, Ian Kenny (Sing Street) as Rebolt, Harley Durst (Wonder Woman) as Moloch, Tien Hoang (Now You See Me 2) as Moloch’s henchman and Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War) and Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi) and Jon Favreau (Spider-Man: Homecoming) in as-yet-unrevealed roles. It is set for release on May 25th 2018.