I don’t know about you, but seeing the teaser for the upcoming Han Solo movie during Super Bowl LII was a huge surprise for me. The following day, they dropped the full theatrical trailer (you can check it out in the player above).
Honestly, I am pretty excited about this movie. If you have seen any clips from The Triple Scoop before, you would know that we, as a collective, are not big fans of Rogue One or even The Last Jedi. When it comes to Solo, the bar is set so low (no pun intended) that it would be pretty difficult for it to be a complete disappointment.
The character of Han Solo and the idea of exploring his life before A New Hope is an exciting one. Fans know about his famous kessel run and other tiny anecdotes, but this movie might actually show us how these things went down. Where does Han come from? How does he meet Chewbacca? How does he meet Lando? The potential of any of these questions being answered really excites me.
Another thing that gets me amped for this movie is its cast. Everyone is talking about Donald Glover taking on the role of Lando Calrissian. This definitely intrigues me as well, but a lot of folks are overlooking the other actors involved. The legendary Woody Harrelson will star in Solo as a new character named Beckett. As a huge fan of Woody Harrelson, seeing him in a Star Wars story could be a lot of fun. Emilia Clarke, best known for her role in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen (THE KHALEESI), will be playing a new character named Kira. Other key actors will star in this film such as Thandie Newton (Westworld), Clint Howard, and even Warwick Davis, but the person I am most excited to see is Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo himself.
The main thing that worries me about this movie was the late firing of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lucasfilm canned the duo just a few weeks before principal photography for the film was set to be complete. Lord and Miller believed they were hired to make a comedy film, while Lucasfilm was looking for them to add “a comedic touch” to the space fantasy. Lucasfilm also felt that the directors were encouraging too much improvisation from the actors, which was believed to be “shifting the story off-course” from the script.
If you ask me, when you hire the directors of 21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and the LEGO Movie, what the heck do you expect? These guys make comedies. And why did it take so long to pull the plug on this?
Soon after, it was announced that two-time Academy Award-winner Ron Howard would take over directing duties, but with most of the film already shot, how big of an impact could he have made to the finished product?
We will just have to wait and see. I like to go into this with the mindset of “if the movie sucks, it in no way effects the other films.”
- PUNCH IT: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY TV SPOT DEBUTS. (2018, February 4). Retrieved February 6, 2018, from http://www.starwars.com/news/punch-it-solo-a-star-wars-story-tv-spot-debuts
- Breznican, A. (2017, June 22). How the Han Solo film broke apart — with Ron Howard picking up the pieces. Retrieved February 6, 2018, from http://ew.com/movies/2017/06/22/ron-howard-takes-over-directing-duties-on-han-solo-film/