Helloooooo Lando: Where’s the Solo in the Solo: A Star Wars Story? *Updated with Full Trailer

Like most Star Wars fans, I’m trying to remain optimistic about the Han Solo standalone movie, but after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired and stories of acting coaches leaked, a little uncertainty seems warranted. And, after last night during the Super Bowl, the first Solo footage dropped …

… I’m not sure I feel any differently.

To be fair, it’s a very short tease we’ve gotten — the full trailer won’t drop until Monday later today. But if — well, first watch it —

if the titular character of your movie stays mostly hidden, is barely heard …

… and BY FAR the most thrilling moment is a shot of Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian,

there might be a way to go before our enthusiasm fully kicks in. Still, that is one spectacular shot of Glover, and if he steals the whole movie, I’m okay with that.

Yeah, yeah, we’ve not forgotten you, Woody — that’s Harrelson as Han’s mentor, Tobias Beckett.

From the looks of things, Solo goes undercover as a pilot, working for the Empire; it’s unclear whether his bounty hunter days have yet begun. But, other than the reassuring guttural growl of an old friend, there’s not much that feels Solo about this first Solo spot.

Solo:  A Star Wars Story is directed by Ron Howard, also stars Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany, and hits theaters May 25, 2018.

*Updated 8:33 am with the full trailer which oddly, doesn’t feel like much more than the tease. There is a tad more dialogue from Alden Ehrenreich (despite his coaching, I’m not getting much of a Harrison Ford vibe), and Emilia Clarke gets in a few words as Qi’Ra …

… and once again, Glover steals the show.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over eight years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • emmalita

    Honestly, my opinion remains, Was this necessary? I’ll be waiting to hear what y’all think before I buy a ticket.

    • I expected a steaming pile of garbage. The trailer make it kind of look like it’s not, but of course the Suicide Squad trailer was the same way and remember what happened there.

    • Nadiney

      I mean, really……no. Big picture, no, not at all.

      That said; Donald as Lando.

      That’s all I need.

      • emmalita

        I would have been head cheerleader for a Lando movie.

  • I just don’t see him as Han. but look i’m going to see the movie. Glover looks HOT AF and Look i see thandie!

  • THEasscrackbandit

    Oh damn. That smile alone makes the extra long wait for a new season of Atlanta worth it.

  • Nadiney

    I went a little rabbit hole on the whole thing when Lord and Miller left, and this is all rumour BUT you know me!So this is what I found out about ‘acting coaches’; first of all, they were likely not actually hired after Lord and Miller left, and it was only Lord and Miller who wanted them.

    The story goes that Lord and Miller got the job and decided to make a 21 Jump Street style zany, goofball, buddy comedy in which Han Solo was like Channing Tatum in Jump Street. Which…just doesn’t fit or work and it appears to clash with what they had originally pitched to Disney, and therefore, clashed with what people had been told in auditions.

    Everyone disagreed and hated it but it appears Lord and Miller were not communicating with the producers or Disney so no one had anyone to go and speak to.

    They asked about an acting coach not because Alden was a bad Han, but because he was struggling to be their stupid, not very good, Han. Apparently, it was ONLY Lord and Miller who thought he needed ‘help’, and it was only because he couldn’t cope with their crappy script.

    According to what I read, it is actually Alden himself who reached out to the Disney Powers That Be and let them know what was going on on the set and asked them to come and intervene.

    That said…he’s clearly not YET the Han we know and love, from these trailers. But we’ll see if/how he gets there.