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‘Solo’ seeks to outrun production troubles

A scene from "Solo: A Star Wars Story," starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo. Lucasfilm Ltd./Disney via AP

NEW YORK: The first trailer of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has arrived, offering the first glimpse of the much-anticipated spinoff that’s so far made the news for its plague of production troubles. After a 45-second ad for the latest “Star Wars” film played during Sunday’s Super Bowl, a 90-second teaser trailer premiered Monday on “Good Morning America.” The footage showcased a gritty prequel featuring the snazzy interior of a then-new Millennium Falcon, the familiar growl of Chewbacca and a plethora of handsome fur coats.

Though punctuated by the brashness of Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo, the vibe of the trailer is a little chiller than was once forecast for “Solo.” The initial directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“The Lego Movie,” “21 Jump Street”) are known for their irreverent sense of humor – something that first excited many “Star Wars” fans when the pair was enlisted for the stand-alone installment. Lord and Miller were removed from the film six months into production over what Lucasfilm said were “different creative visions” on the film. Ron Howard was brought in as a replacement in July, and shooting concluded in October.

The trailer for the film, to be released May 25, seemed intent on assuring fans that “Solo” will be a more typically somber chapter in the sci-fi franchise. Young Solo is shown as an ambitious flyboy who drops out of the flight academy and enlists with a rogue band led by Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett. “I’ve been running scams on the street since I was 10,” Solo claims in voice-over. “I was kicked out of the fly academy for having a mind of my own. I’m going to be a pilot – best in the galaxy.”

Concerns have also been focused on Ehrenreich, who has the unenviable position of following in Harrison Ford’s footsteps in one of the most iconic roles in movies. Before booking the role, Ehrenreich starred in Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!” and Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply,” yet The Hollywood Reporter earlier reported that an acting coach was brought in late in the production to aid the actor’s performance.

Instead of focusing solely on Solo, Monday’s trailer promoted the film’s larger ensemble, including Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 07, 2018, on page 12.

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