One of the most anticipated teasers to drop during the Super Bowl was for Solo: A Star Wars Story, the latest Star Wars Anthology film focusing on young Han Solo. Only it was just a brief teaser for the actual teaser trailer shown last night, with the real one saved for release this morning.
Going into the trailer, it’s hard not to bring all the baggage of the troubled production with you. Originally set to be directed by the talented duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, reports came in that Disney wasn’t happy with the performances of the young cast or the direction of the film. They were soon replaced with Ron Howard, which meant, to many, that Disney was going to play it straight and keep things as safe as possible.
The teaser gives us glimpses of Solo’s origins as a young boy running scams on the street who soon takes over flying the Millennium Falcon. We get glimpses of new characters such as Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke) and Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), as well as more familiar faces like Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and, of course, Chewie.
The biggest concern of the film has to be the casting of Ehrenreich as Solo. At first, I was pleased with the casting choice after seeing Ehrenreich easily steal the show in Hail Caesar!. Based on the scenes shown in this teaser, I don’t know if I’m completely sold on Ehrenreich channeling Han Solo, which is obviously a bit of a concern. The voice is one thing, but the confidence and charisma didn’t seem to be there.
Being only a teaser trailer, I will withhold too much judgment until we get a nice long look at the film with the next trailer. I have some mixed feelings on this first one so far (and actually preferred yesterday’s teaser more), but I still have hope that Solo: A Star Wars Story will be a fun time when it hits theaters on May 25, which will be here before we know it.
Find the trailer posted below.