Solo: A Joyous Story of Hope

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Just when we thought that Star Wars would blow us away with The Force Awakens, the announcement of a Han Solo standalone film surprised fans during the Summer of 2015.

The film was initially met with optimistic voices in the community, and the media praised the concepts of a Lord & Miller directed Solo story. After the release of The Force Awakens and the death of Han Solo by the hands of his son, Ben Solo (Kylo Ren), questions surrounding the 2018 film began to surface across the online community.

“Well, how can we tell this story when Han is dead”, and “I never asked for a Han Solo movie”, consumed the Star Wars conversations. I originally had concerns for the project because of the Lord & Miller announcement, and I still have my fair-share of questions that I’d like to see answered before May 25th.

As much as we are concerned for this upcoming film officially named Solo: A Star Wars Story, there is a core group of writers, producers, cinematographers and a director by the name of Ron Howard that has taken “I have a bad feeling about this”, to the understanding of “relax, trust your instincts”, as Qui-Gon Jinn once uttered.

It is easy to understand why fans want to quickly turn a blind-eye away from this project.

Never before, other than the ‘re-shoots’ associated with Rogue One, have I seen the fandom become so infuriated over the decisions being made. This included the “reports” being issued concerning what was happening on-set, even though there was never official confirmation. Lord & Miller stepping away from the Solo Film was a group decision made by Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy, and to be honest, made the most sense. If the film was not formulating positive responses from those behind-the-scenes, then decisions had to be made for the betterment of the product.

The Lucasfilm story-team and writers had a concept from the beginning, and it was not working as scripted. Best to make the move, than not make it at all.

I was sold on this film early on. Did I have my concerns about the announcement of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo? I’d be lying if I said no, however, there was one casting that made this film one of the most highly anticipated and exciting Star Wars movies I’ve wanted to see.

As a fan of Hip Hop and everything surrounding the show Atlanta, Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover playing Lando Calrissian peaked my interest very quickly. A man with the ability to push-out Grammy Award winning Hip Hop / R&B singles, and create an acting career surrounding said culture is something that should drive the success of the upcoming Han Solo film.

The cinematography, helmed by Selma and Arrival’s own Bradford Young, has me excited for an urban twist to the Star Wars Universe, something I’ve wanted to see for some time. With Ron Howard leading the charge, Alden has the ability to create a unique look at this iconic character. Add the opportunity to play-off of Glover’s interpretation and role as Lando? This film will be a sight to see, and a pleasure to experience.

A trailer has yet to be seen, yet, there is a plan in place. I have no doubt that Lucasfilm has something truly special waiting for us come our first look at the film. With all of this being said, the marketing needs to begin and movie-goers need some information. Much of the public does not know of a Han Solo Film, and when told so, a passing glance alongside the comment, “seriously”, follows right behind. I want to see Alden speak as the infamous Smuggler. I want to see Glover take on the swag of Calrissian. I want to get to know what Ron Howard has made of this ‘blast to the past’, and what could make this film a cannot miss flick of 2018.

“I think my eyes are getting better. Instead of a big dark blur, I see a big bright blur.” – Han Solo from The Empire Strikes Back

Let’s hope that big, bright blur becomes a clear image of an amazing Star Wars Story.

Solo: A Star Wars Story in theaters May 15th, 2018

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