Like most Star Wars fans, I’m trying to remain optimistic about the Han Solo standalone movie, but after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired and stories of acting coaches leaked, a little uncertainty seems warranted. And, after last night during the Super Bowl, the first Solo footage dropped …
… I’m not sure I feel any differently.
To be fair, it’s a very short tease we’ve gotten — the full trailer won’t drop until Monday later today. But if — well, first watch it —
if the titular character of your movie stays mostly hidden, is barely heard …
… and BY FAR the most thrilling moment is a shot of Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian,
there might be a way to go before our enthusiasm fully kicks in. Still, that is one spectacular shot of Glover, and if he steals the whole movie, I’m okay with that.
Yeah, yeah, we’ve not forgotten you, Woody — that’s Harrelson as Han’s mentor, Tobias Beckett.
From the looks of things, Solo goes undercover as a pilot, working for the Empire; it’s unclear whether his bounty hunter days have yet begun. But, other than the reassuring guttural growl of an old friend, there’s not much that feels Solo about this first Solo spot.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is directed by Ron Howard, also stars Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany, and hits theaters May 25, 2018.
*Updated 8:33 am with the full trailer which oddly, doesn’t feel like much more than the tease. There is a tad more dialogue from Alden Ehrenreich (despite his coaching, I’m not getting much of a Harrison Ford vibe), and Emilia Clarke gets in a few words as Qi’Ra …
… and once again, Glover steals the show.