Geekery: The Han Solo Solo Movie Finally Gets a Trailer

It’s happening! There is a trailer!

This movie was announces back in 2016, and it’s gone through some drama since. It’s first set of directors (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller) was fired, and replaced with Ron Howard half way through principal photography. It’s been more than a bit of a rollercoaster getting this movie done.

We are 4 months out from the premier and LucasArts hasn’t shared much in terms of marketing – we’ve gotten leaked art, a few stills on Twitter. This morning the studio finally have a trailer and it looks pretty decent. Maybe this will turn out ok?

First the teaser dropped during the Super Bowl last night…

The full trailer was revealed on GMA this morning…

As with any movie DC offers up, I’ve learned not to get my hopes up with Disney’s Star Wars movies. I want it to be good. I want the franchise to put out a movie that the majority of the fan base will like. I can’t buy in to the hype anymore, though.

Thoughts?

  • SilentPony

    God it must be an absolute train-wreck. Imagine the poor editors told to make a min long trailer to sell the Han Solo movie, but please for the love of God don’t use any of the scenes with Han Solo in it.

    I read Alden Ehrenreich was so bad at acting they brought on acting coaches to the set to coach him through each and every line of dialogue.

    • Apocryphus

      I also heard that they filmed a lot of the movie without coaches and it was so bad they had to re-shoot 70% of his scenes.

    • EnTyme

      That’s actually not uncommon. It’s usually more an issue of communication between the director and the actor. If a director is struggling to get the shot he wants, he’ll sometimes bring in a coach he’s familiar with the to better explain the motivation to the actor. The only reason you heard about this particular instance is because of the other production issues that plagued the movie. I’m still not really optimistic about this movie, but the acting coach thing really shouldn’t change your opinion of it.

      • SilentPony

        I think where I struggle is the extent to which they had to reshoot his scenes with a coach.
        Usually if the director can’t get the scene he wants, they hack one together in post from a bunch of different shots.
        That they had to reshoot over half his scenes tells me they were trying to cut together a passable copy of the movie and simply didn’t have enough.

        Its one thing for a young actor to struggle with a scene or two, or fake crying or something. Its another to flub as Apocryphus says 70% of his lines and need coaching. It says to me he shouldn’t have been cast in the first place.

        • EnTyme

          I haven’t heard anything about 70% of the movie needing to be re-shot. Where did that info come from?

          • Apocryphus

            I read it in an article stating that Disney was pulling a bunch of marketing from the movie because they have already written it off as a failure. Take it with a grain of salt of course, and we’ll see for certain when it hits theaters.

          • Commissar Molotov

            Ron Howard had to re-shoot scenes for four months, so that’s where the percentage estimate is coming from:

            http://www.slashfilm.com/han-solo-reshoots/

          • EnTyme

            Yeah, like I mentioned above, I don’t have much optimism for this movie, mostly because I’m not sure it’s a story that needs to be told. When I took a creative writing class in college, my professor once asked me “Is this the most exciting point in this character’s life, and if not, why aren’t you showing us that?” The most exciting point in Han’s life was obviously the Galactic Civil War (OT). I’m not sure why we need to see his early career.

          • Apocryphus

            He’s a popular character and those new to the franchise recognize the name and will see the movie. I get the feeling this movie isn’t for those of us who grew up with Star Wars, much like how the prequel trilogy was made for the kids of that era. I fully agree that this story didn’t need to be told, but origin stories are the big thing in Hollywood right now, so that’s what we’re given.

          • SilentPony

            Its also hard to ignore the sucsess of Marvel and the Guardians/Thor 3 movies. I’m sure they would love young Han Solo to be a new Starlord.

          • euansmith

            Groot, “I am Groot”

            Chewy, “Whooo-aaargh”

            Groot, “I am Groot”

            Chewy, “Whoo-arr-grooo”

            Groot, “I am Groot”

            Ron Howard, “Man, I’d hoped getting in the voice coach would have been more successful than this.”

          • Erich Schoenholtz

            Agreed! This movie is going to be over produced and pretty looking schlock. Even Disney is chalking this up as a failure. Star Wars fatigue is real and we will see it more as time goes on. You already see SW8 crap in discount bins. There is a massive glut of toys and crap. Star Wars used to be a cadillac. Now it’s a toyota. LOL.

          • Damistar

            You’d think they would have learned that about prequels…

        • euansmith

          I was just wondering whether, if there is trouble, it might be the accent. Maybe Alden Ehrenreich is struggling to do a convincing impression of Harrison Ford.

  • EnTyme

    *Reads headline* Well I’m sure this comment section will be full of nothing but calm, level-headed discussion.

    • euansmith

      Oddly there is little of the “OMG FOAD!!!” one might expect.

  • Chris

    Well, it looks like I’m going to be the guy that says “I really liked that.”

    I really liked that.

    This looks like it’s going to more than make up for mess that was The Last Jedi. The only thing that would’ve made that trailer more exciting for me is if at the very end we had an upwards-panning slow reveal of Boba Fett standing against a black backdrop set to some eerie dramatic music. If he’s not in this film, I’m going to be massively disappointed.

    • Me

      Personally, I think this is going to be a bit before all of that. I think they may be trying to create a franchise here to at least do a trilogy (or at least that was the concept I read about here a while back).

      I could be very wrong – he could get interdicted and have to drop Jabba’s cargo to go on the run at the end of movie. However that would pretty much kill any franchising chance outside of remaking IV, V, and VI (which would probably cause an explosion of geek rage like never seen before).

      • Chris

        If you believe the EU, Fett and Solo have a history that predates the events of the original trilogy. I realise all that has been retconned into non-existence by Disney, but there’s no reason they couldn’t still have that. Fett’s the most popular character in the franchise and as he’s been woefully under-used by Disney since they took over, this film would be a perfect opportunity to roll him out. I’m still holding out hope that he’ll have a story arc in Rebels, but with only half a season to go and no further seasons planned I’m not optimistic.

        • Damistar

          Fett’s the most popular? I’d tag Vader for that slot.

          • Chris

            He sells the most action figures, had more standalone comic arcs devoted to him than any other single character (until Disney came along and released an ongoing Darth Vader series), and even had a planned video game devoted to him in the works until the Disney takeover caused all Lucas Arts games in development to be shelved.

            Not bad for a character that had less than 60 seconds of screen time and only three lines.

  • the_wheel_turns

    It looks nothing like Star Wars, the modern films are lacking something which I can’t put my finger on. They aren’t particularly bad films they just aren’t Star Wars.

    Even the prequels which are terrible films are proper Star Wars.

    They should have just left it alone.

    • SilentPony

      I think they’re trying to copy Guardians of the Galaxy for a more campy space heist movie than a Star Wars war movie.

    • autonoise

      I disagree, I think there are issues with the Force Awakens and the Last Jedi but the one thing that worked for me is they felt like Star Wars films, something the heavily CGI’ed prequals never did.

      As for Solo, I’ll watch it but the trailer felt a bit meh, I love the character but as others have said I’m not sure it is a story that needs to be told

  • Oggthrok

    You know I love this stuff, and I’ll see this, and I’ll own this, and I’ll love every minute of it.

    But, I have to take a second to dump on it:

    You ever see Guardians of the Galaxy? It’s popular.

    Han is Starlord
    Chewbacca is Groot
    No-nonsense sexual tension lady is Gamora
    Woody Harrelson is Yondu.
    Not sure who’s Drax, but I saw a little guy in a turret – I bet he’s a hothead, because they’ll need a Rocket.

    That’s my first impression…

    • D. B.

      Fair enough. And I suspect I’ll love it, too.

    • Manuel Bateman

      maybe drax is rocket? the little kinda sweeet, kinda funny one with his own head..
      you are having a point on the otherhand:
      have you read any classical drama? goethe, schiller, opera etc
      those charakter archetypes are waaay older than hollywood

    • Erich Schoenholtz

      Yup. Ironically so is the new JP movie coming out.

  • D. B.

    Will this be good? Don’t ask me, I even liked the prequels. Heck, I even have the full Clone Wars collection.

    Judging from the massive nerdrage particularly after The Last Jedi (which I thought was better than Return of the Jedi), I’m not the one to ask when it comes to popular opinion.

    • James Regan

      i have similar feelings- I generally don’t like the prequels, but the recent films have all been enjoyable for me to watch (especially rogue one). The backlash to the last jedi I seem especially to not understand, as I definitely had lots of fun watching it.

      • D. B.

        In some cases, simply blatant sexism. Some guys have such fragile little egos that they cannot stand to see a woman in charge (I point you towards the “masculinized” version of the film, and at the same time urge you not to waste your time with it).

        For the record, Vice Adm. Holdo was acting absolutely properly when she did not back down against Poe’s challenge to her leadership. Were this a modern-day court martial, she would have nothing to fear.

        • Me

          The biggest problem my circle of friends had was Akbar.

          • D. B.

            I get that. I do. The wish that an important character should not die unimportantly.
            After a fashion, I liked that, too. Many important historical characters had to suffer the indignity of dying a rather dumb death (Patton died from a traffic accident, Zachary Taylor from an upset stomach, Henry V. from dysentery, Harold Holt from swimming where he shouldn’t have). It was, in a very sad way, rather convincing.

    • euansmith

      I enjoyed the Last Jedi (though it could have done without the Casino Scene. It would have been far better and more tense to have Poe sneak Finn and Rose on to Kylo’s ship).

      • D. B.

        Personally, I loved the Casino Scene, as it significantly expanded on the grey areas within the Star Wars universe. The old EU already had tons of stuff along those lines in it, and Clone Wars added to that admirably – but that was almost grimdark.

        The profiteers are, in any conflict, quite possibly the nastiest characters, and with a galactic conflict, you can bet that the blood money comes in like a tsunami. In the old EU, you had the machinations of the CEOs of Sienar Fleet Systems and Kuat Drive Yards to show you how truly epic the greed behind those weapons suppliers was, and I’m good with the idea that this gets moved into the new canon.

        • euansmith

          I liked the scene in and of itself (I mean it contained two of the most engaging characters in the series, plus horse-cats), but I felt that it didn’t work in the context of the film.

          The Director is trying to build up tension regarding the fuel supply on the fleet, and yet Finn and Rose have enough time to fly to a distant planet, get imprisoned, escape, pick up a contact, lay the seeds of revolution and get back to fleet; all within the 16 hour deadline. And then [SPOILER ALERT], it all comes to nothing.

          I think that having Poe do some smart, casual flying to get the pair aboard the ship without any codes, would have given Poe something else to do in the film (plus maybe adding to his woes over failed heroics).

          • Damistar

            I think a lot was set up for 9. The casino scene was necessary to allow Finn to be heroic for the cause, something that was lacking before when he was out to save himself or Rey. I think Poe will become the new Resistance leader in the next movie and his failures in 8 were hard learned lessons to ground him for that.

    • Oggthrok

      I think you’re in good company Re: the prequels. I’ve noticed that the grumps in their late thirties have softened on them, especially with the great cartoon series expanding the Clone Wars. And, the 20-somethings seem especially fond of them – it’s the films that they grew up with.

      Truly, we are a blessed and multigenerational fandom. 🙂

      • D. B.

        For me, the prequels were also the beloved childhood flicks. Going into “Attack of the Clones” with my high school buddies, watching the immortal Christopher Lee battle Yoda – it had a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. And when “Phantom Menace” came out, I was still young enough to be completely in awe of the tidal wave of cool toys that came out in its wake.

        Today, I am old enough to again collect Star Wars Toys (LEGO Microfighters); it’s all good if you call them “collectibles” (and don’t let people hear you making “pew pew” noises too often).

        • Fond memories of playing the phantom menace game and seeing the movie first on an asian copy someone brought back to my mother’s work.

          I like the prelogy! and proud of it 🙂

        • Me

          I’m one of those old codgers. There were parts I lived (the Yoda fight being one of them), but there other parts I HATED and ruined the movies for me – Jar Jar in episode one, and Anakin in all three (but especially in episodes one and two) to name a few. The only one I really enjoyed was the last one, and there were things in it that I did not like.

          Personally, I wish Lucas had made episodes IV, V, and VI and then let someone else take it. I feel like everything he did after that detracted from the story..

          Again, this is all just me, but I know a lot of people who feel the same.

          • euansmith

            With the prequels, it seemed, to me, as though, in the first one they were saying, “We think we can pull off some convincing work with CGI”, in the second one they were saying, “Wow! We can do ANYTHING with this stuff! Just look! ANYTHING!”, and then, the third one they were saying, “Maybe we should tone it down a bit and maybe think about trying some plot and characterisation… oh dear, our two main characters can’t actually act… Distract everyone with some more CGI!”

    • autonoise

      I also liked the Last Jedi, it wasn’t perfect but definitely an enjoyable watch. Maybe I look at it a bit differently, I can enjoy a film even if it is flawed, and a bad film doesn’t make me think any less of the other films in the franchise. I didn’t like Attack of the Clones but I can still enjoy everything else Star Wars.

      • D. B.

        Admittedly, the Anakin/Padmé story arc wasn’t my all time favourite, but Ewan McGregor and Sir christopher were ace.

        And boy, do I remember when Jango Fett set off his seismic charges… I virtually felt my teeth rattle (our cinema had the film cranked up real loud).

  • euansmith

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this… not really, but, hey, Solo!

    I’m actually quietly looking forward to this. I like the Star Wars Universe and I’m hoping for something that pokes around the edges and in to the dark corners a bit. I’m also hoping that they finally explain how you can do the Kessel Run in under 14 parsecs.

    • D. B.
    • Matthew Pomeroy

      I am soooo ready for this!!

    • Jesse Cavazos

      The criminal underworld is a prominant part of the setting and I’m looking forward to seeing a movie that focuses on it, rather than having it as a flavor-filled backdrop to one or two scenes.

      My biggest complaint with this trailer is how little Lando shows up. He’s a great character, one of my favorites, and I think Glover is the perfect cast for him. I’ll see it for Childish Landbino if nothing else, even if I didn’t have high hopes for it.

    • You made a joke that actually made me think… does Han Solo always lie about how many parsecs he needed? Maybe 14 is true after all. We know he tends to… “improve” things. 😛

      • EnTyme

        The funny thing is that “parsec” is a measure of distance, not time, so there is a lot of debate about what Han was talking about. Some think he’s bragging about the agility of the Falcon (Kessel is an asteroid belt, so he could be bragging about his ability to navigate it in the shortest distance possible). Personally, I like to think Han was trying to see how much Obi-Wan and Luke knew about space travel so he could see how much he could swindle out of them, kind of like a sleazy mechanic asking an old woman about the last time she checked her alternator fluid.

        • I know the term was mis-used. But I rather guess that was a mistake, because Lukas didn’t know any better. And now it simply has a different meaning in StarWars. A meaning they never tried to explain.

          • EnTyme

            Yeah, the real reason is that Lucas heard a “science fictiony” word and wanted to include it in the script without really knowing what it meant. The word was later used correctly the other movies, though, and that’s why my in-universe explanation is “Han was testing Luke”.

        • euansmith

          That doesn’t really work either, unless the asteroid belt is somehow over 230,000,000,000,000 miles across.

  • af

    So Solo had more thrilling, larger than life adventures, flying in hyperspace while avoiding giant warp squids and other terrible monsters, before A New Hope? I guess that explains the bored look Han had in every scene with Luke, Obi Wan and Leia. He’s seen worse before. He’s on autopilot. He doesn’t give a damn.

    PS: this is the problem with prequels. Please stop making them.

    • Kabal1te

      This, so much this. The character we see in this trailer doesn’t make any sense for the type of character Han is in New hope and kinda takes away from the way his character changes and grows through out the original series. I don’t mind a Han Solo movie but this is too over the top. This is not the low key con man smuggler that wants to avoid the Empire at all costs what which works for a Hut gangster.

    • euansmith

      I can see your point of view; the main thing that the prequel trilogy did was make me even more pissed off that Boba Fett took an early bath in Return of the Jedi.

  • Mathew G. Smith

    Given the difference in personality between this version and A New Hope I’m calling it as “Han gets everybody but Chewie and Londo killed right before his eyes and it breaks him”.

    • I think the difference just comes from an actor who doesn’t understand who Han Solo is and what personality he has. Either that or bad script. For my taste, he shouldn’t be smiling all the time. Imo at that age, he should already be broken. Not after that.

      • Mathew G. Smith

        A character whose trademark is a permanent smirk shouldn’t be smiling?

        • Ask yourself how much he was smiling in the original trilogy or in The Force Awakens.

          • Me

            He did some smirking in the original trilogy.
            I doubt he’ll be smiling the whole movie.
            As for The Force Awakens, that was after his son went on a murderous rampage and then started working for the most genocidal group the galaxy has ever seen

          • euansmith

            The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. Know what I’m sayin’? I#m expecting some dark stuff in Han’s past 😉

          • Mathew G. Smith

            More often than any other character.

  • ZeeLobby

    Gotta be better than the new trilogy.

    • How can it not?

      • ZeeLobby

        Right? Subtract out the Star Wars aspect and they’ve just been horribly acted, directed and written movies.

  • Monkeybrains

    I never thought Star wars could get worse than the Phantom menace. Thanks for expanding my horizons with every movie Disney.

  • Shouldn’t Han Solo be the grumpy type of guy who’s moaning even when he is happy? That guy in this movie smilies far too much for my taste. And the surrounding doesn’t feel like the Star Wars universe to me. Don’t know what’s going on in this movie…

    • Belechem

      Perhaps bcs he is in his young days? And perhaps YOU look for anything what could be a hair in the soup? Perhaps bcs you are the grumpy guy?

      • I am a grumpy guy, that’s for sure. And that’s why I liked Han Solo that much. Actually, that’s why I like all of Harrison Ford’s characters that much. Because they are grumpy.

        • Me

          Aliens vs Cowboys… He’s what made that movie bearable for me.

          • Oh yea. On the other hand… Olivia Wilde is always nice to have in a movie.

  • Belechem

    Perhaps….. perhaps this movie will be a killer bcs also no one believed in “A New Hope”, and look what it became….. just a hint.
    Personally i was happy with this trailer as i saw not a single lightsaber in it.

  • marlowc

    Looks like it could be a good sci fi movie, but it’s not “Star Wars” is it?

    • Belechem

      Well, its possibly not “your” Star Wars, nor the Star Wars of many other fans, but i think its, yes, Star Wars. It is different now. But the fans do not decide which one is the “true” star Wars, the IP holder decides. We can only vote by our wallets.

  • The more I watch that trailer the more I think – they should have just made a Lando movie.

    That would have been amazing.