It’s January 9. That means it’s only a few weeks ahead of four months before this movie comes out and there’s still no word or even inkling of a teaser coming out for Solo: A Star Wars Story and I have to admit, I’m getting nervous.
I was already skeptical when it was announced that they were going to make a young Han Solo film because why would we want that? Han Solo had just been killed off in The Force Awakens and the thought of a film featuring a young Han Solo without Harrison Ford playing the iconic role seemed daunting to say the least. But after Rogue One I grew a confidence for LucasFilm’s decisions, for even after countless last minute reshoots Rogue One ended up becoming one of my favorite Star Wars films.
And then last year the directors of Solo were fired and my worries about the film were stirred up again. But then I figured the decision LucasFilm made to fire those directors was a good thing and it was going to move this movie in the right direction.
Fast forward five months and it truly feels as if this movie isn’t even coming out this summer, that’s how much publicity they’re not giving to this film. And I know they had to focus on The Last Jedi and not distract from the highly anticipated sequel by bringing out a teaser for Solo but the movie is going to be here before we know it so where is at least a tiny sneak peek of this movie? There is, however, this promo image that came out a few days ago.
I hate to say it but my first reaction in seeing this is not pleasant in the slightest. First, Alden Ehrenreich does not look like Han Solo at all, I don’t care if they gave him a Han Solo hairstyle. Secondly, I thought Donald Glover as Lando would look better than this but he doesn’t look anything like Lando as well. I’m utterly shocked and I’m truly worried about this movie at this point. Now, I’m loving the golden yellow and white coloring of the promo image, I love Chewbacca because who doesn’t love Chewbacca, and the new girl played by Emilia Clarke looks okay. I think her name is Kira in the movie. And then there’s the glorious Millenium Falcon. All of that is awesome but I just can’t ignore the fact that the two most important characters in this film, who I have been watching since I was a child, are being played by actors who don’t look enough like the actual characters.
I’m bummed, to say the least, and I think LucasFilm is too. When they withheld publicity for The Last Jedi it was because of their complete confidence in the movie and it showed in all of the interviews and the way they publicized the film.
I mean think about it. When it was a little over four months until The Last Jedi coming out there had already been a teaser, a special Vanity Fair issue covering the film, and a first look from Entertainment Weekly about the movie. With Solo it’s absolutely crickets and that is not a good thing. The Last Jedi has been out for over four weeks. It’s time to move forward and start getting us at least a tad bit excited for this new Star Wars flick.
Now, I’m still holding on to a sliver of hope that this movie will be enjoyable and this is why. Lawrence Kasdan, the genius behind The Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, is writing Solo and that can’t be a bad thing. One thing he knows is how to write an incredible story and one thing he knows is Han Solo. I have a feeling his story for this film is going to be exceptional but will I be able to get over the fact that this new Han doesn’t look anything like the iconic smuggler I have been watching for years? I don’t know but I know this for a fact. After the teaser I’ll have a pretty clear idea on whether I’ll like this movie or not and I’m hoping I’ll have nothing but kind words to say about it.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the promo image more than I did and I thank you for reading. May the Force Be With Us. We’re going to need it.