Lucasfilm has released a behind-the-scenes featurette for Solo: A Star Wars Story, which includes several bits of new footage. As difficult as it is to believe, the tentpole opens in just under a month (as of this writing), meaning the studio is currently in the home stretch of promotion. After showcasing an entertaining final trailer a few weeks ago, there have been plenty of materials (ranging from toys to TV spots to posters) designed to get audiences excited for another adventure in the galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm's efforts seem to be paying off, seeing that Solo is currently projected to earn $150 million in its opening weekend.
The film looks to be a different kind of Star Wars film, primarily exploring the galactic underworld as Han tries to make a name for himself as a criminal. Solo has long been described as the smuggler's origin story, showing viewers how he became the cynical scoundrel we all met back in 1977. Understandably so, Alden Ehrenreich's version of the character has been front and center since promotion began, and he's the subject of a new featurette, which you can watch in the space above.
Consisting of soundbites from principal players like director Ron Howard, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and stars Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke, the plot information iterated in the video reconfirms what's already been revealed to date. Solo is set at a time where the Empire is at its peak where people are having trouble surviving. Howard describes Han as an "incredibly free spirit" we follow along in the narrative. The biggest selling point for the featurette is the bevy of new footage it has for viewers to dissect.
One of the most noteworthy elements is a battle sequence that appears to be taking place on the planet Mimban. These scenes seem to be from the time in Han's life when he was a member of the Empire, prior to getting kicked out for "having a mind of my own." It's also here where he looks to first encounter Tobias Beckett and Val (note the similar costumes), the veteran criminals Han teams up with for the Conveyex heist. In the footage, Han makes a case for himself before Beckett, describing himself as a great pilot. We also see an extended look at the sabacc game between Han and Lando, learning that Lando won the Millennium Falcon in a card game (before he poetically loses it in another one). Ehrenreich and Glover play off each other nicely in the clips released so far, so the full scene should be fun to watch. Han and Chewbacca get another great interaction, when Han decides he's giving his Wookiee friend a nickname.
Much like Rogue One, Solo is shaping up to be a strong complement to the original trilogy, fleshing out one of the saga's most beloved characters in fresh and exciting ways. It's no secret there were mounting concerns about the project when the production issues took hold, but all the marketing released thus far has helped move the conversation in a much more positive direction. The level of anticipation for Solo will never reach that of something like The Last Jedi, but it looks like it will be a worthwhile summer blockbuster when it debuts in May. Star Wars has a long history of difficult productions turning out fine, so it'd be fitting if Solo was another memorable installment.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019