After several weeks of wondering if or when Lucasfilm and Disney would give us our first look at the standalone Solo movie, we can wonder no more as the first teaser trailer dropped this morning.
Solo, when released will be just the second standalone Star Wars movie outside the saga films. Rogue One was the first in 2016 and told the story of how the Rebel Alliance obtained the plans to the Death Star. Rogue One was able to prove that you could tell a good story outside of the Saga films that involved no jedi and only two brief appearances from Darth Vader that almost stole the movie.
The elephant in the room between Rogue One and Solo will be Alden Ehrenreich portrayal of Han Solo. Yes in Rogue One they brought back Grand Moff Tarkin, but it was actor Guy Henry whose face was digitally replaced to match that of Peter Cushing from A New Hope. Ehrenreich will be playing a younger version of Han Solo who we all know was brought to life by Harrison Ford, most recently in The Force Awakens.
Some could argue that we’ve already seen a younger version of Han Solo in the original trilogy and in a lot of ways they’re right. Of all the actors and actresses in a Star Wars movie under Disney, Alden Ehrenreich may have the toughest job. Not only does Ehrenreich have to contend with all of the comparisons to Harrison Ford as Han Solo, but the divisiveness that is The Last Jedi.
Ehrenreich as Solo has to show the audience that he can bring the essence and cockiness of Solo to the big screen with out doing an outright copy or imitation of Harrison Ford. A job I do not envy.
After watching this first teaser trailer I’m still on board with this movie. The only small complaint I have so far is with the look of the Millennium Falcon on the character posters below that were also released today. If you look closely at the front of the Falcon it does not look at all the same as were used to. There could be a reasonable explanation in the movie, but lets not forget that according to George Lucas the Falcon made a brief cameo in Revenge of the Sith, all be it brief and from a distance. You don’t notice the different look in the teaser because the majority of the shots of the Falcon are from behind. See what you think?
Solo: A Star Wars Story hyper-jumps into theaters on May 25th.
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Thandie Newton, and Paul Bettany
Official Synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story:
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 meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.