When the casting of Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo was announced, we were pretty convinced he was a solid choice. To be perfectly frank, there aren’t many — if any — actors who could convincingly mimic Harrison Ford’s particular brand of roguish charm and swagger, but with his Hail, Caesar! performance, Ehrenreich appeared headed in the right direction.
A little tweaking of the hair here, a change of costumery there, and voila — things were looking pretty good …
… but with the first teaser following the Solo directorial shake-up, and rumors of Disney hiring an acting coach to get their lead actor’s affectations just right, a sinking feeling began settling in fans’ uneasy stomachs. Suddenly, Donald Glover’s smooth take on Lando Calrissian was the talk of Star Wars town.
This new trailer, dropped on unsuspecting interwebbers late-ish Sunday evening (weird timing) reads slightly better than the first; it’s technologically intriguing and Chewie’s clearly its grounding grace. There’s still something not quite right about Ehrenreich’s speech pattern though, again, getting Ford’s distinctive voice exactly right is likely an impossible feat. That said, Emilia Clark’s opening voiceover isn’t terribly captivating, and Woody He’s-Good-at-Ping-Pong Harrelson seems to be reciting lines. Perhaps we should simply keep our focus on lovely Lando, and the cool space sequences; after all, this is a Star War.
Solo: A Star Wars Story also stars Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany; it hits theaters May 25th.