We finally have our first trailer for Solo: A Star War Story. However, this isn’t without reason.
Solo: A star Wars Story is having a rather bumpy ride to the cinema screen. At the end of January 2017, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the successful directing team behind the smash hit The Lego Movie, started principal photography on the film at Pinewood Studios in the UK.
It wasn’t long before the rumors started flying including the hiring of an acting coach for Alden Ehrenreich, who was cast as a young Han Solo, as they were unhappy with his performance.
Then the trouble hit the fan, in June, the pair of directors parted ways with Lucasfilm in what was described as “creative differences”. Allegedly Lucasfilm wanted a space story with a comedic touch, whereas Lord and Miller were shooting as an all-out comedy.
The only official Solo: A Star Wars Story photo that was released just as filming commenced in 2017.
The scriptwriter, Lawrence Kasdan was unhappy that his script wasn’t being followed exactly. Lord and Miller would allegedly shoot the script as written and then try several takes in an improvised fashion.
I imagine Kasdan had more clout with Lucasfilm as he was the writer behind The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens as well as numerous other non-Lucasfilm titles, so he could voice his displeasure with the young directing duo.
Lord and Miller were replaced with director Ron Howard (Rush, Cacoon, The Da Vinci Code) who would finish the project and reshoot what he felt was needed in order to achieve that.
This was all done without moving the release date which remained in place just five months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This must be putting a huge strain on all those involved in trying to get the film finished.
This is probably why there has been no marketing materials released so far. With the huge advertising campaign for The Last Jedi, I presume Lucasfilm didn’t want to confuse audiences by also advertising a second Star Wars film.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened towards the tail end of December 2017 and here we are in February 2018 only just receiving out first taste of advertising for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
We’ve not even had anything simple like a few official film pictures and the official synopsis is so vague that anyone could have written it after watching the original Star Wars trilogy.
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 of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
The leaked artwork that Lucasfilm denied was real. Note the new look Millenium Falcon.
We did, however, see a piece of artwork make an appearance from Russia. This was denied by Lucasfilm as being official but this soon proved to be false when the artwork showed up on the boxes of leaked LEGO set images.
But maybe this will all start to change now the Solo marketing machine has finally been put into action. You can watch the first trailer and take a look at four brand new posters below.
Title: Solo: A Star Wars Story
Release | US: 25th May | UK: 25th May | World: IMDb