Donald Glover compares Solo: A Star Wars Story to other films in the iconic space opera franchise, saying that it's going to be "a lot more fun." Playing the younger version of Lando Calrissian in the Ron Howard project, Glover will star opposite up and coming actor Alden Ehrenreich, who has the enormous task of portraying a younger Han Solo. Story details are still tightly under wraps, but the film is expected to tackle Han's early days in the smuggling business. Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke also join the cast as Beckett and Qi'ra, respectively.
Marketing for Solo has finally kicked off after several months of waiting. On top of a teaser and a trailer, tie-in pieces of merchandise and official posters have also started coming out. This also means that stars of the film can talk a little more about it, compared to their usual clipped answers when questioned about the film before promotion began.
"I think it's just a lot more fun. All the Star Wars [movies] are really fun, but I think this movie, we know what's going to happen, we know they're not going to die, ya know? We know, kind of, what happens, but how we got there, I guess, is the crux of it. So we're allowed to have a lot more fun than I think the other movies where you have to deal with a lot of the lineage in what's going to happen. I think this movie's, like, just a fun, summer film. I'm really excited about it. It's really cool."
A fun film sounds fitting for a Han Solo prequel movie, especially considering how the character has been long established as a daredevil. But if Glover's comments come to fruition, it's an interesting route for the Star Wars Anthologies to take - from arguably their darkest offering in Rogue One, to a more lighthearted one. It goes to show that Lucasfilm is open to anything regardless of tone, as long as it's great material. This also makes future announced projects from Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, more exciting as their respective film series can have the creative freedom they need to tell the stories they want. In the same sense, it's also a great contrast coming from a relatively serious Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Another interesting tidbit from Glover's interview was that Solo won't tackle lineage in Star Wars lore. Despite Han being a favorite character in the famed saga, we know little about where he came from. Some prefer to keep it that way, but since we are getting the character's own prequel spin-off, it's likely we'll learn a bit more about his origins and what life experiences shaped him into the charming scoundrel that he was when we first met him. However it pans out, chances are that the film will be a great character piece not just for Han, but perhaps for Lando as well, who was arguably the standout of the previews we've seen from Solo: A Star Wars Story thus far.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019