In a galaxy far far…. wait is some stealing the ship? What’s that noise?… Is that a WOOKIE?!
Rogue One: A Star War Story was the first of the many anticipated standalone Star Wars movies that are exploring the mythos of the Star Wars universe. Rogue One took told the story from the perspective of the soldiers from the Rebellion on a mission to stop the Empire from constructing a massive space weapon. With the success of Rogue One provided the avenue for many more films to be produced by Disney and Lucasfilm. It would seem that the next step in a Star Wars story, is the telling of a young Han Solo. The difference between Rogue One and the Han Solo movie is, the fact that Rogue One relied heavily on unknown characters oppose to the Solo film resting on the shoulders on one of the most popular characters in the history of the Star Wars franchise. Despite Han Solo being a popular character in the franchise it will be tough for longtime fans to accept another actor portraying the role Harrison Ford made so famous for the last four decades (despite blank periods of a new trilogy).
Since the Star Wars Celebration, fans have been expecting to see some footage from the movie. However, with the very extensive reshoots by, Ron Howard and the hype that surrounded The Last Jedi, it took a little longer for something to be put out. This past Sunday, during the Super Bowl a little teaser was released depicting the tone, actors, and plot that will be unfolding upon release. Now we have our first real look at what a young Han Solo movie is going to look like, which in my opinion still has the brain at an uncertain pace as to what may happen in the film.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-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 befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.”
After watching the official trailer it was met with mixed reactions. Some are excited to take the next step into the Star Wars anthology, while others aren’t sold on the notion that the trailer didn’t deliver the impact ‘The Last Jedi’ and ‘Rogue One’ did a few years ago. Accompanied with the trailers came some very unique character posters that have some interesting takes on the team that’s going to cause all sorts of havoc across the Galactic Empire. All posters are tagged with the same shot of the Millennium Falcon, being chased by TIE Fighters.
First, we’re introduced to Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke), the landscape is plagued with a desert and an ocean in the background, and set against a purple skyline. Then, come the young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) who is surprisingly looking much like the Han Solo we know and love. He’s seen holding his iconic blaster in the classic pose, set against the orange and red sunset of a desert planet that’s believed to be Tatooine. Next set against a yellow background is a newer, younger Chewbacca sporting a new blaster rifle… What happened to the classic bowcaster Chewie? In the distance, you can spot a watchtower with smoke coming out of a rocky ridge. The final Solo poster that was revealed features the charming gambler, Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). You have to appreciate the way they’re going to portray this version of Calrissian as it pays homage to the style in which Billy D. Williams portrayal went over with the longtime fans. Glover’s Clarissian is wearing a new satin lemon-yellow shirt and red tie belt accompanied with him is his iconic cape showing off another new to canon short barreled blaster. In the background, we see a snowy landscape which was revealed in the trailer.
Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Michael K. Williams, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Ian Kenny and Woody Harrelson. Directed by Ron Howard with the script penned by Jon Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan. Solo: A Star Wars Story is set for release on May 25, 2018.