Geekery: Mysterious New ‘Solo’ Art Appears

Some official looking images from the Han Solo solo movie appeared on the net yesterday.

They showed up on Twitter along with a lot of hype. There haven’t been a bunch of public updates on the project recently, and its release date is less than 6 months away. Lucasarts has since confirmed these aren’t official. The elements are too polished for fan art, though. Take a look…

First impressions: I really hope that rendition of Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian is accurate because it looks awesome. There’s definitely something off about the Millennium Falcon in the first one.

The image looks like it has official elements in it. Maybe a licensee making things for the Russian market leaked it? An image of a calendar with the same art popped up on Reddit…

It’ll be interesting to see how this matches up with the official art once it’s out. We should be seeing some soon, the movie is scheduled to be released May 25th.

Thoughts? Theories? Hopes?

  • Vepr

    I hope it is more Rogue One and less The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi.

    • Drpx

      I hope it is more Lucas and less Abrams.

      • marxlives

        True, Abrams is king of the reboot which is good and bad. He captures the nostalgia but he never really captures what made it special to begin with by playing it to safe. I noticed this with Star Trek. The movies and show always did a good job of capturing certain moral quandaries for its time. But where Star Trek would push it to the limit and go over the cliff laughing in a game of moral chicken to say what needed to be said, Abrams would hit the breaks and park.

      • af

        > I hope it is more Lucas and less Abrams.

        The Phantom Menace.

        • eMtoN

          Selective Memory.

        • Drpx

          ….was better than 7 and 8.

          • af

            No… You may have forgotten — understandable, since forgetting is a mechanism commonly employed by the brain to guard itself from the effects of terminal traumatic disillusionment — but the The Phantom Menace introduced Jar Jar Binks, Gungans in general, Jake Lloyd, “Yipee!”, throwaway villains who only looked cool in trailers but were of no actual consequence and a bunch of other stuff which is now considered iconically bad decisions in movie-making that ruined Star Wars forever.

            It also introduced to us, fans of Star Wars, the thought-provoking notion that George Lucas may be a terrible director, a notion his subsequent movies did nothing to dispel.

            There is nothing in the known universe worse than The Phantom Menace.

          • Drpx

            So it was basically 7 and 8 but without the Furbies.

          • af

            Unless there are midichlorians and the protagonist is a 9 year old, not really.

    • I hope it is not schlock but it will be for sure.

      • phobosftw

        Now who doesn`t love a good dumpster fire every once in a while?

        • But… we just got that from Star Wars. I’d rather have a change of pace from that.

    • marxlives

      I would put my money on it being more Guardians of the Galaxy or Thor Ragnarok (which was the best movie this year immo)

      • ZeeLobby

        Man, that would be awesome. Just the plot and character development of those two movies was lightyears ahead of the recent SW offerings.

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        I was thinking that until they fired the directors and brought Ron Howard in.

        • euansmith

          I was quite perked up by the news that Richie Cunningham was taking up the reins. He might be a bit old fashioned, but, I think that he is a pair of strong and stable hands for any project. Maybe not the flashiest director, but he can tell a story and can get performances out of actors. I think that someone mature enough to hold off on the crazy CGI action scenes is just what the doctor ordered. He’s certainly turned in some films I really enjoyed, like Apollo 13, Rush and Willow.

          http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b7008e8f048cfc5f403e4b94ebf4afdf57a99ca87a3baf637cb8f662637e471a.jpg

          • marxlives

            True, the biggest issue in directing I think is knowing when to use the right technique for the right shot. It is a little bit like painting. Sure you can wash and dry brush and some of us do (I know I do with 10 man squads) but when you are working on a piece, really working on it, you bring as many different techniques as possible to get the best looking mini.

        • marxlives

          Thank you for the heads up, I didn’t know that.

    • ZeeLobby

      Amen

    • vlad78

      I hope it is a good movie which Rogue One is not. ;p

  • Luca Lacchini

    The “long nosed” Millennium Falcon is not too bad.
    The actor playing Lando looks an awesome fit for the character.
    The guy playing Han Solo, not so much.

    After TLJ, not so much into Star Wars any longer. It’s like a single, huge plot hole, with stuff happening because it’s cool.

    • ZeeLobby

      Rogue One redeemed me after VII. Hopefully this will do the same after VIII XD.

      • vlad78

        It is amazing how tastes might differ. If episode VII had not bee a copycat of episode IV, I would have said it is far superior.

        Rogue has for it a slightly original story, a darker setting and the nostalgia of episode 4, but imho it’s about it. Don’t throw stones at me, I totally respect the opinion of the many people who love it.

        It is inherently (imho of course ^^ ) a movie with weak characters, bad dialogs, illogical interactions between those characters, unnecessary appearance of long gone characters like Tarkin who do not add anything to the plot, subpar use of the OST, awful direction and cuts, poorly used non digital special effects and stunts (I knew stormtrooper armor was bad, but not protectingits wearer from a wooden stick was a bit much for me).

        But the final battle is really nice. ;p

        • ZeeLobby

          I mean I just saw the characters logically evolve in RO unlike VII. Finn is a trained super soldier and realizes he’s bad mission 1? They wouldn’t have indoctrinated them day one of training and brainwashed them? A pilot ace that basically summersaults his X-Wing through the air and hits every target? Death star mark 12? Emo teen baddie (how much darker and scarier was Vader in that hallway seen at the end of RO)? R2D2 magically turning on just to plot hole fill?

          I dunno. VII needed a new script, new casting and new direction. The fact that it was a complete dusting off of an old plot was like the cherry on top of a turd sandwich, haha.

          All my opinion of course. Some people loved it. But I just can’t understand regardless of how people try to explain. And I’m a HUGE fan of the universe (I even enjoyed a fair amount of the prequels, don’t shoot!).

          RO just felt like SW to me. An alienated and lost character finds something to fight for. A heartless tool of the resistance finds his heart. A true believer of the force dies for his beliefs and brings his doubter friend to the light. And all of them die to save the day, tragically awesome. Everyone in the theater was thinking “we need to go home and watch IV with that final transition scene as well. That was an epic space opera right there!

          • euansmith

            I thought that Finn is actually an average bloke, his “real job” in the First Order apparently involves a bucket and mop, and I got the impression that we saw his first combat mission. Of course, this background does not to explain how he excels as an agent of the Rebellion; unless, the opposition sucks. I could support that as a scenario, that the First Order troops are good at standing around in ranks and bullying peasants, but not actually skilled or well motivated fighters.

          • ZeeLobby

            God. None of that makes me feel any better about the series. Lol. If that’s the case then the first order is an evil 3 stooges. I sure hope janitor Finn and emotionally confused Rey can stand up against the genocidal idiots. Lol.

            If anything the “Empire” should have perfected it’s indoctrination, training and skills. The First Order should be a terrifying foe to face. Although I guess a bunch of show off Bros fits well with angsty broody teen leader.

          • euansmith

            I doubt that a large portion of the SS were much use for anything other than guard duty and intimidation; but that doesn’t stop them being terrifying 😉

          • ZeeLobby

            But the SS we’re indoctrinated and hardened. Brainwashed to their beliefs, etc. They were perfectly comfortable performing horrendous acts because of that system. That’s what made them terrifying. The first order built a giant moon death laser capable of annihilating several planets, but never thought it was important to reinforce their purpose on their followers? I mean how could anyone working for them NOT realize they’re a baddie, unless they were brainwashed. I’m sorry, it’s just one of those plot twists which really makes no plausible sense. It’s like someone told the writers “well sometimes bad guys turn good”, and then they wrote down “Finn is bad but now good” in the actual script.

          • euansmith

            Cue the appropriate Mitchel & Webb sketch 😉

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn1VxaMEjRU

          • ZeeLobby

            Haha. A pretty accurate depiction of Finn’s character development.

          • euansmith

            I can imagine a bloke with few job prospects signing up for the armed forces. It used to be the Imperial Fleet, now it is the First Order; same uniforms and desire for a strong and stable government. He just wanted three squares and cot and the possibility of health care and a pension.

            He keeps his head down and his nose clean, never volunteers, gets through boot camp and day dreams his way through the interminable orientation lectures, lands himself a berth scrubbing the heads on a Star Destroyer. Okay, its not just any Star Destroyer, it is the First Order’s Flagship, a Resurgent class Super-duper Star Destroyer.

            Then one day, bad fortune, a routine duty rotation and Captain Phasma, see him assigned to an assault squad tasked with exterminating a village in the anterior end of oblivion; somewhere just like our guy’s home.

            At this moment, all that hot air about, “harsh, but fair government”, and, “destroying the Rebel Scum like vermin they are”, suddenly jumped in to sharp focus, and our chap finds himself vomiting in to the faceplate of his own blood stained helmet.

            That’s how I see Finn’s journey in to darkness unfolding. 🙂

          • vlad78

            I agree with everything. But … I liked it.

            Finn realizing those people he kills are real, one chance in a million of a bad indoctrinating process? Why not.

      • Luca Lacchini

        Rogue One is a very good movie, that fits perfectly with the SW universe. Better than episodes I-II-III, and leaps and bounds ahead of the newer movies.

        • ZeeLobby

          Could not agree more. Sometimes I feel like people are taking crazy pills. The fact that people in the theater were laughing and saying things like “What?!” At events in VII, make me feel like they and I were the sane ones.

        • vlad78

          Episode 1 2 3 were the worst one could do with SW. I will never show it to my children. They will have to find a copy on their own.

          I can perfectly understand that people like R1, I can accept the fact you think it is a good star wars movie.

          But please don’t say it ‘s a good movie. It could have been so much more, they had to reshoot half of it and recut the rest to make a believable story.
          Did you pay attention to the problems in each and every scene.
          Do you give a storm trooper teddy bear to you child?
          Do you prepare an escape plan with a resistance leader and right when the Empire is knocking at your door you throw everything out of the window by confronting them telling them you’re alone when dinner for 3 is ready in the kitchen?
          Do you leave your child in the mud instead of doing what was planned in order to threaten 6 death trooper with a tiny pistol?
          When you follow the kids footsteps leading to a cave, don’t you investigate a little bit more with a life detector for instance especially if this child could become the only hostage available to keep the death star inventor on a leash?

          And so on.
          The storytelling is just terrible if you really look at it putting aside it’s a SW movie.

          But well that’s just my opinion. I don’t want to spoil the fun you had watching it.

          I like the latest trilogy ATM, it’s not perfect, it has awful flaws (i hated the Casino) but overall I think it is a worthwhile addition to the old movies.
          And I liked luke.

    • marxlives

      It is pretty sad they ever since Return of the Jedi, Lucas wanted to turn SW into a profit machine for selling toys and it still hasn’t stopped. I am not a fan of sci fi magic but I have played KOTR and Force Unleashed and there is potential there for it to be more.
      And you can see the series being a commercialization and licensing property rather than a creative one when you pair up RotJ with the Empire Strikes back. The Empire Strikes back deals with themes such as betrayal, the loss of hope, and how the denial of our fathers can lead us to be more like them. The movie was also pretty brave, it ended with no plot resolution well. You could have ended the movie at TESB and had a very dark sequel.

      • vlad78

        Episode VIII is about moving on. ^^ I had to view it twice but in the end I liked it even if it’s not as good as the old trilogy and it has glaring weaknesses.

        I’m not sure I’ll like Solo. Replacing Harrison Ford seems like an impossible gamble to me. This really looks like milking the franchise instead of enlarging the setting and speaking of places and people far in the futur or the past of the trilogy.
        BTW KOTOR 2 restored fan edition was fantastic and everything a star wars movie should be imho.

        • Luca Lacchini

          Don’t get me wrong, my beef with TLJ is not about the “moving forward” theme (which I think is a very needed one in a serialized franchise such as the Star Wars universe), it’s about how it’s executed.
          The narrative subject may be a good one, but the narration is poor, if that makes sense.

          • ZeeLobby

            Well put. The purpose and content is good. The story teller just sucks. Lol.

          • vlad78

            Perfectly and I agree even if I think this is not a bad movie.

        • Valeli

          Do you really need to dedicate a movie to moving on, literally saying that verbally multiple times throughout?

          Or could you just have made a move that had, you know, moved on…

          8 is just so heavy handed with stuff. Not just the above, but the whole subverting expectations thing. There’s nothing wrong with doing that, but they keep doing it just for the sake of doing it… and somehow almost none of the subverted expectations result in anything that approached an emotional moment for me (probably because the new trilogy has done an awful job of making me feel invested in any character).

          • vlad78

            Sure they were quite heavy handed, too much. ^^ I agree yet I like the new characters Rey Poe Finn.

      • EnTyme

        “ever since Return of the Jedi, Lucas wanted to turn SW into a profit machine for selling toys . . .”?

        Let me ask you a quick question. What are the little bear things in Return of the Jedi called, and how do you know that?

        • vlad78

          But the Ewok do play an important part in the narrative of the return of the jedi.
          Besides this is the victory of the light over darkness episode, therefore they were not out of place if you ask me. (they would have been in the Empire strikes back)

          What do Porgs bring to the story?

          • EnTyme

            Odd. I don’t seem to remember anyone in the movie ever using the word “Ewok”. I wonder where we got the idea they were called “Ewoks”.

          • vlad78

            Maybe in their own movie which was terrible. ^^

      • euansmith

        The commercialization began with Episode III; by 1978 you could get Star Wars anything, from lunch boxes to light sabres. Merchandising is, I think, Lucas’s true genius. With it, he turned a fun, disposable family movie in to a cultural phenomenon.

        • marxlives

          Damn, never really saw it that way. Most people try to make story writing his true genius but I think you are right. You can have the best creative property in the world but if you don’t know how to get it out there, does it really matter?

          • euansmith

            I really enjoyed that “How Star Wars was saved in the edit video”; where it points out that the film won Oscars best editing, best special effects, best music and best sound effects; not best directing 😀 Still, George Lucas was the main moving force behind assembling a brilliant team and getting the film made.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFMyMxMYDNk

    • phobosftw

      Oooh they redesigned The Falcon – neat-o. Give the lead actor some more lessons with the acting coach, andI`m sure this thing will be a blast. Any news on the plot?

      • euansmith

        I think it is going to be set a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

        • phobosftw

          What you did there..
          I see it.

        • vlad78

          lol

      • ZeeLobby

        I actually don’t mind Alden. Thought he did alright in Hail Cesar. Think he could be good in this.

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          I think people are misinterpreting the rumor. Alden is not a bad actor, he is just having trouble playing Han Solo.

  • timon meijer

    I think it is going to be set a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

    • vlad78

      Never far enough. They should tell tales from centuries or millenias before or after the original trilogy. Something different.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    I liked VIII and Rogue One quite a bit because they both tried to do something different and were not just rehashing the past (the way VII did).

    My real hope is that, after IX, Lucas Film takes a break and thinks about what they want to do with the franchise.

    It is no surprise that the best Star Wars stuff coming out all exists within the Rebellion and Dark Times eras. Those eras have clear voices and very clear directions (at least until Solo comes out (potentially)).

  • af

    So in the OT, Lando a Han Solo hint at a shared backstory, which is never fully explained. They have this uneasy friendship, they both like the Millennium Falcon, they had some adventures in the past. Just like rogues and rascals should.

    And we need all of this laid out in detail in a prequel because…?

    • af

      Besides milking the cash cow, I mean.

  • euansmith

    Will Han pick up his iconic chin-scar in the first film?

  • Erich Schoenholtz

    As someone who has seen the style guides from Disney, this artwork is legit. It’s part of the packaging guides. The falcon in this movie is brand new…straight off the showroom floor. That’s why it looks different. It also has the freight container attached to the front as it is intended. It’s basically the falcon before Han made his “special modifications”.