Movie of the Week: Solo: A Star Wars Story

The second film in the Star Wars anthology series centers around one of the most pivotal characters in the franchise. Not much is known about this character before he met Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi and agreed to charter them to Alderaan. We’ve seen and heard snippets of his past before he was reluctantly entangled with the Rebellion, but this film will attempt to fill in the blanks. Before he was the renowned Rebellion general, before he won the heart of a princess, before the events of A New Hope, Han Solo aimed to write his name down in history as the best pilot in the galaxy and Solo: A Star Wars Story will tell his story from the beginning.

Director: Ron Howard

Written by: Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Linda Hunt, Warwick Davis, John Tui and Ian Kenny.

What am I expecting to see?: What really fascinates me about these anthology films is that they fill in so many blank spaces in the almost 20 year void between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and Han Solo plays such a prominent part in the original trilogy that he does constitute his own origin feature because he is a character with a backstory some fans would like to see. I’m looking forward to seeing how Ron Howard salvaged this production due to early reports about how this film was trending towards disaster under then-directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord and to see if Alden Ehrenreich can do justice by the role Harrison Ford made legendary. A lot is riding on Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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