Y’all, Ron Howard‘s got this.
It took long enough, but the wait for the first Solo trailer was worth it, and made the final reveal all the more thrilling.
After a tumultuous production that saw a switch in directors nearly five months into shooting – firing the comedy team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to bring in old Hollywood pro Ron Howard – the buzz on Solo: A Star Wars Story was all bad news. A disaster in the making, it seemed. Nerd pundits even questioned how Lucasfilm could still stick to the Memorial Day 2018 release date with a straight face.
Then, as the months passed without nary a first look production photo, let alone an actual trailer, the Internet narrative was already writing this off as the inevitable first Star Wars flop of Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy era. Predictably, now after the release of the teaser, some are still sticking to that narrative.
I’m also not guaranteeing the movie will be great. But man, that’s one fun teaser they just dropped on us. (There are new character posters, too: see gallery below.)
Along with the kind of sci-fi scale you’d hope for from a Star Wars adventure, what particularly stood out to me is how the teaser wasn’t relying on obvious “fan service” to sell the movie. Surprisingly, it actually felt like we were entering into a whole new corner of the galaxy (as opposed to the very familiar one of Rogue One).
That’s exciting to me. And that’s what these Anthology movies should be doing: using a familiar character or tie-in to bring us into new worlds.
Indeed, there’s actually some risks being taken here, perhaps most noticeably in the redesign of the Millennium Falcon. This is not the iconic shape we’re familiar with, but it does have roots in the original trilogy, like when Han mentioned that he’d made “special modifications” himself to the Falcon, or when Lando asked in shocked surprise, “What have you done to my ship?”
This movie looks cool. This movie looks fun. This movie looks like Star Wars. I really hope it delivers.
Solo: A Star Wars Story – starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, and Paul Bettany, and written by Lawrence Kasdan (Empire and Force Awakens) and Jon Kasdan – opens everywhere on May 25, 2018.
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The Super Bowl ad is worth a quick look, too.