It's here! I never thought the day would come, but last night we got a small tease of the upcoming Star Wars origin story, Solo, and this morning we got even more. The official teaser dropped and so far the reviews are mixed. Take a look at the comments section on YouTube and you'll see what I mean.
Personally, I'm excited. The trailer kicks off with the flick of a few switches and the angry guitar growl of an engine powering up: interest piqued. Over the course of the next minute or so we get our first real taste of Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. Although I'll say I'm not entirely sold on his Solo, I'm willing to give him a shot. What I think we Geeks, as HUGE fans of Community and Childish Gambino, were really excited about was the mustachioed swagger of Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. We really only see him for a few seconds, but it seems pretty obvious that he might be stealing the show. It looks like we aren't the only ones that think so either. Those brief scenes of that vintage Star Wars tech also gave us a great little kick in the nostalgia pleasure centers of the brain. I know Last Jedi is a point of contention among Star Wars fans, but you've gotta admit their ship, tech and armor design was terrific and it looks as though that might be the case here. I'm a little wary of Emilia Clarke's presence as she doesn't have a great track record with beloved film franchises (ahem, Terminator Genisys) but it's still early days. Humor seemed to be shoehorned into Last Jedi and I think we all collectively groaned, but if there was every a time to break out the comedy writers it's now. Fingers crossed they've got Patton Oswalt ghost writing some jokes for Solo.
This is a HUGE gamble for Disney and Lucasfilm. The chances for failure are great here. You're taking one of the most beloved and iconic characters from the Star Wars universe and setting him free. Will this prove to be a massive cash grab or an explosive start to a new series of spinoffs? Only time will tell. As a fan I hope they give him the backstory and film his character deserves.