In an amusing mix-up, Google's blurb for Solo: A Star Wars Story currently displays the description for the forgotten 1996 Mario Van Peebles action film Solo. Released in May, Disney and Lucasfilm's Solo underwhelmed at the box office with only $319 million in grosses worldwide, making it far and away the least successful movie in the history of the Star Wars franchise.
Things went south for Solo early on after original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired in the middle of shooting and replaced by Ron Howard. The bad buzz around Solo seemed to be dispelled after early reviews praised both the film and the lead performance of new Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich. But audiences largely didn't buy the critics' positivity and Solo struggled to clear the $200 million mark domestically while absolutely tanking overseas with only $178 million.
Apparently, Google is not a particular fan of Solo: A Star Wars Story either. As pointed out by Reddit user Geminiys, the Google blurb for Solo that displays along with search results has the wrong plot description and the wrong budget and box office information. Solo may have been a disappointment, but it did not gross only $5.1 million as the Google information claims:
The movie described in Google's blurb is actually the action movie Solo starring Mario Van Peebles. Released in 1996, that Solo movie has just a 6 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As maligned as Solo: A Star Wars Story may be, it currently carries a 71 percent RT rating. Amusingly, the blurb lists the budget as $19 million and in the next sentence points out that Solo was "the sixth-most expensive film ever made." In another hilarious mix-up, the blurb also lists Ron Howard and Norberto Barba as the movie's co-directors. In reality, Barba directed the Mario Van Peebles Solo (unless Disney has been lying to everyone all along).
The big question is, did Google make an honest mistake with this mix-up or is this a deliberate act of sabotage by someone within Google? If it is a mere act of trolling, it's an innocent, amusing one. Ultimately, the winner here is the Mario Van Peebles movie Solo, which could enjoy a spike in interest as a result of this erroneous blurb. For the curious, Solo is currently available on Amazon as part of their Starz package and through regular digital rental or sale. Solo: A Star Wars Story meanwhile is set for digital and Blu-ray release in September. Disney is hoping for strong sales to help them get a little closer to breaking even on the huge-budgeted, aggressively marketed box office misfire.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019