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Want to See Solo: A Star Wars Story Tonight—and Free?

Enter our trivia contest and it could happen


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

The most famous movie franchise in Hollywood history returns to the big screen today with Solo: A Star Wars Story, produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Disney Studios. The second anthology film in the Star Wars franchise, Solo is a prequel to Rogue One and A New Hope, and focuses (you guessed it) on a young Han Solo and his first meeting with future copilot Chewbacca and encounters with gambler Lando Calrissian. With its Memorial Day weekend release, Solo should be the first hit of the summer 2018 season.

The film stars up-and-coming actor Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Woody Harrelson (Tobias Beckett), Emilia Clarke (Qi’ra), and Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian). According to projections, Solo could generate as much as $170 million in its opening weekend, making it one of the biggest Memorial Day weekend launches in Hollywood history.

The movie has not been without controversy. The original directors were fired over alleged creative differences and replaced by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind).

In a nod to the film’s release—and the start of the summer season—we’re sponsoring a Star Wars trivia contest. Our lucky winner will receive two free tickets to a screening tonight at Regal Fenway Stadium 13 & RPX.

To enter, answer the questions below and email them to today@bu.edu by noon today. Don’t forget to include your phone number, email address, and BU affiliation. Each person answering all questions correctly will be entered in a drawing for two tickets to tonight’s showing of Solo: A Star Wars Story at 9:30 pm at Regal Fenway Stadium 13 & RPX, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston.

We will notify the winner and announce the name on BU Today by 1 pm, so be sure to check back then. Good luck—and may the force be with you.

  1. Solo: A Star Wars Story was first screened on May 15 at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. What was the last Star Wars film to be unveiled there?
  1. Lando Calrissian was the original owner of the starship Millennium Falcon. Why did he relinquish ownership to Han Solo?
  1. Star Wars creator George Lucas approached Solo director and longtime friend Ron Howard to direct 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace. Howard declined. Who did direct it?
  1. As of 2015, the Star Wars franchise was worth an estimated $42 billion, making it the second highest grossing media franchise of all time. What’s the highest?
  1. A third stand-alone Star Wars film has been confirmed by Disney, but its subject has not been officially announced. Who is the film rumored to be about?
  1. During production, Solo was often referred to as “Red Cup.” Why?
  1. What is the name of Han Solo’s home planet?
  1. In 2015, Disney announced new Star Wars theme parks at Disneyland and Disney World, set to open in 2019. What will they be called?
  1. Donald Glover, who portrays Lando Calrissian in the film, is 34 years old. Which Star Wars film debuted the year he was born?
  1. The character of Han Solo is said to be based partly on what Oscar-winning director and friend of George Lucas’?

Watch the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story here.

Jacob Gurvis can be reached at jgurvis@bu.edu; follow him on Twitter @JacobGurvis.

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