Rejoice, fans: Lando: A Star Wars Story is probably happening

Ron Howard reveals he turned down Star Wars The Phantom Menace in a car park

Ron Howard reveals he turned down Star Wars The Phantom Menace in a car park

Harrellson just looks happy to collect a big budget pay-check, and Clarke once again is unable to translate her Game of Thrones on-screen success into any other franchise. A lot of this was because of the character of Han Solo; he had the coolest ship, he was charming and amusing, and his best friend was a giant bear dog who could rip people's arms out of their sockets.

So this brings us to the fifth movie to feature Han Solo, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the first with Solo played by a different actor. It's just a shame they didn't use the time to add an engaging plot.

We know where destiny will take them. You can see a little bit, but it's certainly not almost as egregious as Justice League, the new gold standard of Frankensteined blockbusters.

The video [see below] starts off with a shot of Han (Alden Ehrenreich) hanging his lucky dice on a speeder vehicle. Here was the one they'd all been frenziedly waiting for - except for those of us who hadn't, especially. Or to watch Han and Chewbacca meet for the first time.

Glover is great in the role, threatening to steal the picture from Ehrenreich, who is more of a vocal match for Ford than he is a physical one. Yes, battles between good and evil are wrought with dread and tragedy and sadness, but Solo explores the universe through the eyes of a carefree-and often out of his depth-swashbuckler who's only thinking about the next big score. Disney really lucked out in casting Glover, who is now one of entertainment's hottest stars, thanks to his widely acclaimed FX series "Atlanta" and his politically charged musical career as Childish Gambino.

Somehow, Solo is able to pack in several surprises. It certainly is going to make an uproar when general audiences see the movie, primarily because it feels so blatantly force fed. Here we thought that this might not happen. This one loses the foregone conclusion element of something like a Rogue One, which is very welcome and refreshing.

Ehrenreich is wonderfully paired with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.


Sharing an image of the dress on her Instagram account, Thandie's stylist Erin Walsh revealed that the actress had come up with the concept of the dress herself, in a show of solidarity with the trailblazers who came before her in the sci-fi franchise.

They'll soon meet up with the man Beckett is working for, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), and encounter Han's old friend from Corellia, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) before taking off on a risky smuggling mission.

With the buzz surrounding Glover, not just as Lando but with his hit TV series, Atlanta, and global phenomenon music video, "This Is America", it would make sense for Lucasfilm to rush a Lando movie to the forefront of its production schedule.

Part space western, part heist film, "Solo" delivers the origin story of Han Solo and several other key "Star Wars" players and offers plenty of thrills and eye-popping spectacle along the way. You can't help but wonder what the end result would have been if Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who were fired deep into production, had gotten to see their project through to the end, or what it would have been like had Howard been involved since the beginning, but there are no obvious cracks or seams. Hans Solo movie reviews were released this week and had a dominant good rating so far. Eventually you do, and the talented Ehrenreich wins you over with his execution, capturing Han's spirit, his sarcasm, egotism and charm with apparent ease.

For all the ways Solo could have gone wrong, it wisely aimed for a solid double rather than a grand slam on the first pitch.

Solo is the third Star Wars film to land at Cannes, following Attack of the Clones in 2002 and Revenge of the Sith in 2005.

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