Behind the scenesEdit
- "This alien has always had a military leaning. During shooting, it was known simply as 'The Colonel,' though another nickname was 'the Hare Mouse.'"
- ―Pablo Hidalgo
Solomahal was originally intended to be one of two Lutrillians created as background characters for the cantina scene in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. The character was designed by John Mollo, and his mask was sculpted by Stuart Freeborn for shooting in England. The only distinction between the two costumes was an ascot worn by one of the extras. The production team for A New Hope referred to at least one of these Lutrillians as the Colonel, and at least one as the Hare Mouse. One or both of these characters was intended to be named Ownellco. However, in Star Wars Insider 130's Rogues Gallery: The Usual Suspects: Who's Who in Mos Eisley, published in December 2011, it was retconned that both of the Lutrillians seen in A New Hope were in fact Ownellco and Atheloe.
One of the Lutrillian masks was later used in the cantina scenes in The Star Wars Holiday Special, marking Solomahal's first appearance. The character went unused and unreferenced until 1997, when the Star Wars Customizable Card Game established that he was "Solomahal, a veteran officer of the Old Republic."
- Collapse of the Republic (First mentioned)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Collapse of the Republic
- ↑ Star Wars Chronicles, p. 86.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2
- ↑ The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film, p. 171.
- ↑ Star Wars Chronicles, p. 79.
- ↑ The article conflates these two Lutrillians as the same, leaving it unclear which Lutrillian was due to be named Ownellco.
- ↑ "Rogues Gallery (Star Wars Insider)"—Star Wars Insider 130
- ↑ The Star Wars Holiday Special