Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer #1 (2018) *THAT is More Like It!*

Solo: A Star Wars Story has had a troubled production (to say the least), and follows on the heels of the financially successful but fan-dividing Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  The first teaser for the film was…underwhelming; however, the full trailer looks like the movie may actually be a ton of fun.  It seems a whole lot less than a heist film and more of Han, Lando (Donald Glover is going to own this), and Chewie on their first adventure together.  You can start to see the point of the film, which is to show how Han ended up the man we met in the Mos Eisley Cantina.  I have hope about this thing for the first time.  Seriously, seriously tempered hope after TLJ, but a wee bit, which is a giant change from before I watched this trailer.  Read below for Coming Soon’s summary.  Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming to theaters Memorial Day.
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story makes the jump to light speed in a high-octane adventure that navigates the perils of a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, forges new friendships that will last a lifetime, and reveals untold secrets from the hidden past of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. Han Solo meets loyal co-pilot Chewbacca and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian for the first time, bound by a desperate mission against impossible odds that will help shape the irresistible scoundrel audiences have come to love.

Directed by Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Hail, Caesar‘s Alden Ehrenreich as Han, with Atlanta‘s Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and The Force Awakens‘ Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Woody Harrelson is playing Han’s mentor, a man by the name of Beckett, while Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, Westworld‘s Thandie Newton, Avengers‘ Paul Bettany, and Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge also star.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second film in the Star Wars story series, following Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which opened in December 2016, and has garnered worldwide box office receipts of over $1 billion dollars.

The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel. Lawrence Kasdan, Jason McGatlin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are the executive producers. Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay.

Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on May 25, 2018.


18 thoughts on “Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer #1 (2018) *THAT is More Like It!*”

  1. See? I’ve had no doubt that this movie would click together as a movie, and this trailer suggests that Ron and Lawrence and everyone did the important things, like making it actually dark and dangerous, approaching it like the opposite of brain surgery it was and going with the Han-ness. I actually do not know how this could feel more like what it needs to be.

    However, this trailer is so good that is does start to allay my doubts about box office performance. Have you heard anything at all about how much this thing cost? Before reshoots? After reshoots? There does not seem to be any info out there. The only saving grace is that if the film performs like the tentpole it is, any money lost because of reshoots will be Disney’s internal problem, and won’t make the film, or SW, look so bad.

    I’m beginning to think there might have been a strategy here I failed to consider. The press was so bad, maybe Disney held back to keep expectations at thier absolute worst, so that people would be surprised when the film was good. That way, the film doesn’t even have to be THAT good, just a pleasant surprise.

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    1. I have not heard anything about the cost of the film. Screen Rant reports that the reshoots doubled the budget for the film since Howard reshot nearly the entire film. If Disney breaks even, I think they’d be happy at this point. Projections are for a domestic gross of $350-400 which would put it past Episode II and keep it from being the lowest grossing Star Wars film, but Episode II is also the only Star Wars film that didn’t break a billion worldwide (adjusted for inflation), so the bar for SW films at the box office is ridiculously high and I don’t think Solo is going to get there, but the way I’ve felt about Star Wars since TLJ, a pleasant surprise will be more than enough for me (though what is with the poster breaking from the other 9 films?). I finally saw Hail, Caesar, and Alden did steal that film. I’m very very cautiously hopeful, but my new attitude about projects is that I’ll deal with them when I see them. So I’m more focused on Rampage (oh yes, yes, I will see that) than Solo at the moment. But it looks like sabacc is finally getting in a SW film which is awesomely nerdy for us.

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      1. At this point, after all these years, I think I would watch an entire movie built around Han, Lando, and a bunch of weird creatures sitting around a table playing sabacc. I don’t think Deadpool 2 is going to be as huge as people think, I don’t think it will hurt Solo one iota, when the field is overcrowded people make sacrifices, save thier money for the films they really want to see. I think that when push comes to shove, the family friendly film about the beloved icon holds its own against the hip character no one knew about a few years ago, whose film was insanely popular, but relied on a sense of newness, and was almost gimmicky. Now that people have seen it before, it loses appeal.

        Rampage is going to veer too much from the arcade game I wasted my collage fund on before I reached the tender age of ten. Rampage was a humorous game, the monsters sprouted from humans, and it was about them. This movie has none of that. It could have veered away from the typical monster/disaster movie formula, and been something new and special. Instead, it’s just another one among the bunch. I think you like Johnson more than me. I do not deny his cobsiderable talent and charisma, but when so many of an actor’s films miss the mark for me, it’s hard to maintain enthusiasm.

        But you’re right about one thing: living in the moment when it comes to film is the new state of mind to embrace.

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      2. Oh I’m right about nearly everything and you know it lol. For example, DP2 is going to break the record for an R-Rated opening and it will siphon off some of Solo’s older crowd. I think you underestimate just how insanely popular Deadpool was with geeks before the first film and that went viral with the film’s success. The trailers have looked pretty on-point. The bigger problem for Solo at the box office is longevity. It only has two weeks before it slams into another Disney film that will do just as well if not better in The Incredibles 2, Jurassic World 2 the week following. It has no room to breathe. If Infinity War had come out in February maybe it would have made Black Panther money (passed TITANIC), but there’s just not enough time for it to do that with the kind of competition in early summer. All the top box office films come out at the end of the year or at a weird time when they could run for 2 months in the top 5 and have that staying power without competing with quality competition. IW is 2hrs 41min btw, so Marvel lifted its running time restrictions. There’s so much to do though, that I doubt we’ll feel it. I do love The Rock. I think the man can do anything, and I admire him personally and the statements he’s made lately about his struggles with depression and anxiety and calling for more understanding especially for men. Rampage will probably be awful, but that’s why I have a Movie Pass, so I don’t have to worry about the fiscal consequences of awful movies anymore.

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      3. Avengers, Solo, Incredibles. Bam. What was Disney thinking?

        Deadpool will be huge huge huge, but I don’t see any record breakers in the near future, unless one of these films gets critical raves that drive up sales. Usually big sequels steamroll over the variables, but this is such an unusually overcrowded period that I think the monetary dulling gets spread around.

        (DP2 will not be so great quality-wise, despite that trailer. I feel it in my bones. They’re doing reshoots and making excuses late in the game, and the first one had a magical quality that will be hard to reproduce. When a first movie finds something with a divining rod, and the second one is making calculations in a lab, second one suffers. I have high hopes for Incredibles, you know my mantra about how great it is that the film is made up of unused ideas from the writing of the first one, but it’s been fifteen years, which means it’s passed into the temporal realm of all these recent sequels that were disappointing because they were made too long after the originals. Made for the right reasons or not, people have been waiting, and the payoff needs to be huge.)


  2. SW is in danger of becoming warm and cuddly and familiar. It’s SW that should be looking into Quentin Tarantino, not ST. OK, not really, I really do hope that man retires after ten films like he says, but SW needs a rethink. We were led to believe that TLJ was going to be that rethink, a dark and edgy film that felt like no other SW movie and took things into mind blowing places, and instead they were just trying to be more popular with the kids.

    I have figured out why TLJ feels so wrong, and it wasn’t the “your mother” joke. The main message of the film was about our heroes not being the people we think they are, and it coopted Luke to deliver that message. The thing Luke almost did to Ben Solo, that led to the invalidation of the original trilogy’s struggle, was a perfect mirror-image inversion of the thing Luke did in Return of the Jedi, the actor courage that made him into the man Rey sought out in TFA. Instead of an act of compassion, a quest to save the soul of a blood relative who was an active, demonstrably homicidal threat to the galaxy, Luke decided to murder a reposing blood relative who might be a threat. You know, down the line.

    And after we learn that Luke is the exact opposite of the man we thought we would find in the first jedi temple, not a fallen or reluctant hero, but a guy milking plesiosaurs and bizarrely guzzling the blue milk, he declines the chance to show the galaxy who he really is at the end. Instead of flying that ship to Crait (the ship we knew for a fact was still there on Ach-Too) and inspiring forces from all over the galaxy to come help the resistance, Luke sends an image of himself, an illusion, a picture of the hero Luke Skywalker is supposed to be. And the act of maintaining the false image is the thing that is ultimately too much for him, and kills him.

    I’m not here to start a debate about whether our real-life idols deserve our adulation, I’m just here to say I want that debate left out of Star Wars! Star Wars is a myth! No one is suggesting that real life is the stark lightside/darkside battlefield Lucas established, free from ambiguity and nuance, but without the heroes, Star Wars falls, is no longer Star Wars. Rian is a fan of lightsabers and the Millennium Falcon who only thinks he is a fan of Star Wars, if he thinks his vision is remotely compatible with Lucas’s.


  3. And if you don’t buy all of that, it was VERY disrespectful that Luke tossed his father’s lightsaber over his shoulder. Same difference.


  4. I am super pumped for this film to hit next month but I gotta say… With this film and Rogue One, the trailers have a way of making the film feel less like a Star Wars movie and more like a space-age action film. I loved Rogue One, who didn’t? I know Solo will be great. Does anyone else feel this way?

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    1. No, I can see that. It’s set itself apart even more than Rogue One with a different poster, different weird playing of the SW theme, and unlike Rogue One, this is the first film that isn’t directly connected to the Saga. Rogue One felt like it was the first half of A New Hope we never realized we were missing. This is disconnected, set sometime between Episodes III and IV, closer probably to III. So maybe that’s why they’ve made it feel so different, but if they nail the spirit of the characters, and I felt that for the first time in this new trailer, then it can still work. Great comment, thanks!

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