Solo: A Star Wars Story tells us everything we've ever wanted to know about Han Solo's origin story. Though it's not quite clear when Solo occurs, it does take place before A New Hope. And it features a younger Han in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. The Falcon isn't only remnant from the Original Trilogy, though.
Young Lando Calrissian and fan favorite Chewbacca are also in the movie. Plus, there are a few new characters, including Beckett, a criminal who doubles as Han's mentor. It's rumored that Beckett is inspired by a similar character from the Extended Universe.
Solo has all the makings of a great Star Wars movie.
Lucasfilm Put New 'A Star Wars Story' Spinoffs On Hold
In June 2018, Collider reported that Lucasfilms has put a hold on developing A Star Wars Story spinoffs, opting to focus more on Star Wars: Episode IX instead.
There had been previous speculation that certain Star Wars Story films – such as one focusing on Obi-Wan – were in the works. Solo's disappointing box office numbers may have played a factor in Lucasfilms decision to focus more on the "event" films instead of the backstories of characters.
The news is disappointing to die-hard fans, like those who were eager for a spinoff for Lando Calrissian.
The Official Trailer Dropped In April 2018
A little over a month away from release, the first official trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story dropped in April, and it even managed to outshine Wrestlemania. This trailer highlights the team-building aesthetic, as well as some wonderful character moments from our new Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and, of course, Lando (Donald Glover). The trailer even managed to show us a bit of Han and Chewbacca's early back-and-forth repartee.
The First Trailer Debuted During Super Bowl 52
Only a literal few months before the film's debut, the first trailer was finally released during Super Bowl 52. Behind-the-scenes drama had (rightfully) been the cause of concern for Star Wars fans, but the first official footage seemingly calmed collective fears. That said, fans were still wary of star Alden Ehrenreich's performance – an actor who had reportedly been criticized for his wooden performance early in the filming process.
Phil Lord And Chris Miller Are No Longer Part Of The Directorial Team
Comedic duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller were announced as the directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story in July 2015, just months before Disney released The Force Awakens. That was the end of the good news for these young directors, though.
Lord and Miller got off on the wrong foot with Kathleen Kennedy from the very start of production. One source mentioned that, "It was a culture clash from day one. She didn't even like the way they folded their socks.”
Allegedly, Kennedy and film writer Lawrence Kasdan didn't like Lord and Miller's improvisational directorial style. The directors reportedly strayed too much from Kasdan's script, but they were used to having unconditional permission to change the script as they saw fit.
Kennedy fired Lord and Miller in June 2017, citing creative differences.