‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is packed with Easter eggs for longtime fans, referencing everything from ‘Splinter of the Mind’s Eye’ to ‘Masters of Teras Kasi’. There were even some that didn’t make the final cut of the film. And if all that wasn’t enough, there some that are quite literally built into the scenery.
This particular Easter egg wasn’t directly sourced from the film, but rather from ‘The Art of Solo: A Story’, a tie-in book of production art by Phil Szostak. One section, (excerpted here by Twitter user @tategerber), details the various and sundry artifacts that fill Dryden Vos’s quarters. It’s all interesting stuff, but what really stands out is the description of Vos’s desk which reads as follows:
“The central desk, which represents the administrative seat of his power, is a bespoke piece of furniture. The stone base, that Dryden has plundered from the Sith temple of Exar Kun, is made of polished obsidian and decorated with carved hieroglyphs representing spells that protected its former home.”
Yep. Exar Kun is back in continuity!
In the Legends continuity, Exar Kun was a legendary (if you’ll pardon the expression) Sith Lord, who lived some four thousand years before the events of the original trilogy. Originally a Jedi before falling to the dark side, Kun led the Sith in a war against the Jedi and the Republic. By the end of the conflict, he had established a base on Yavin IV where, with the Jedi closing in, he conducted a ritual to separate his consciousness from his body. Though he was believed dead, Kun’s spirit would haunt the moon for millennia before finally being destroyed by Luke Skywalker.
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is now playing in theaters everywhere. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Joonas Suotamo. Be sure to check back with ScienceFiction.com for more on ‘Solo’ and other upcoming ‘Star Wars’ films as it becomes available!