As I mentioned yesterday, I’m feeling very uneasy about Solo: A Star Wars Story, the second anthology film in the Star Wars franchise. I was never thrilled about seeing a movie about a young Han Solo to begin with, but the closer we get to the film’s release date, the less excited I feel.
Everything about this film has felt wrong. First there’s the casting: I saw Alden Ehrenreich (the “new Han Solo”) in Hail Caesar! and I didn’t like his performance at all. Consequently, I am dreading to see what he does in the role of Han Solo (no disrespect to the actor, that’s just how I feel). Then, last summer, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired from the project and Ron Howard took over to finish the film (and allegedly conduct extensive reshoots). It doesn’t matter what film is being worked on, it is never a good sign when the director is replaced in the middle of production. And though I have all the respect in the world for Ron Howard, to be fair, his work has been hit or miss as of late.
And then there’s the fact that, five months out from release, we have no trailer for the movie, not even a sixty second teaser. This is the worst sign of all if you think about it. Remember when we got the first teaser for The Force Awakens a full year before release and it broke the Internet? Or when we got the first teaser for Rogue One (also a year out) and THAT broke the Internet? Even The Last Jedi got its first teaser eight months out from release. I don’t know why they haven’t released a trailer yet for this film, but the potential reasons I can think of are not good. It could be that they’re still polishing the footage and trying to assemble a trailer that won’t bring an angry mob down on their heads. It could be that the rumors are true and Disney knows this film is a dud so they’re waiting as long as possible to soften the blow when the trailer does come out. Or (as crazy as it sounds), it could just be that this was Disney’s plan all along and they’re not going to give teasers a year in advance anymore.
As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I want to be wrong about this movie. I don’t want this movie to be a dud, because knowing Disney if they have a flop on their hands they’ll probably overcompensate and do something drastic and it’ll end up ruining everything. I can only hope that we get a teaser of some kind soon so we can begin to get an idea of what this film actually looks like.
May the Force be with this movie. Why do you think we haven’t gotten a trailer yet? Is this the first Star Wars film doomed to failure? Let me know in the comments below
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