Disney has officially unveiled a synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story, confirming the film will cover how Han met his beloved co-pilot, Chewbacca (among other details). The spinoff took a rather unusual path to the big screen with a shocking director change and plethora of reshoots, but Lucasfilm remains confident in the project, planning to release it in the busy month of May. Solo will face serious box office competition during its theatrical run, but the last few years have proven the galaxy far, far away is the lead dog of the multiplex.
Curiously, the studio has not released any marketing materials for Solo, even though the movie premieres in a little over four months. While fans impatiently wait for the trailer, the Mouse House is doing their part to rev up excitement by giving the anthology a plot summary.
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Today, Disney released a press kit covering their 2018 releases and dedicated a page to Solo. Though it didn't contain the first look at Alden Ehrenreich's Han or anything else from the movie itself, there was a short synopsis available:
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 for one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes.
Disney CEO Bob Iger previously hinted at some of these story beats, referring to Solo as an "origin" story for Han and Chewie. An argument can be made this reads as low-hanging fruit on-paper, but that will be difficult to judge until the final product (or at least a teaser) is seen. Co-writer Lawrence Kasdan is a Star Wars veteran, demonstrating multiple times he knows how to write well for Han. It's very plausible he found a creative way to depict these key moments in Han's youth, making the prequel a worthwhile installment in the franchise. Much like Rogue One, Ron Howard's film has the potential to enhance certain aspects of the original trilogy, fleshing out Han's relationships with Chewie and Lando. Solo will also showcase the galactic underworld in a way the previous films haven't, ideally making the universe feel larger.
One would think we will get our first look at Solo in the very near future since Lucasfilm is sticking with the summer date. There's a lot of pressure on the first preview to deliver, as it'll be tasked with reversing the negative buzz surrounding the project. Even die-hard fans are skeptical of its prospects, and some casual viewers may not know it's on the horizon right now. The studio is going to have to work overtime to generate enthusiasm for Solo, but if their history is anything to go by, they'll be able to put together a convincing campaign.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
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