Two new Solo photos, and some insights into Han, Chewie and Lando, from Ron Howard, Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover in Entertainment Weekly’s summer movie preview.
Empire magazine has two new Solo images today – one of Han during the Vandor heist, and a second of Dryden Vos in his sunny lair. There’s some showpiece-looking Mandalorian armor in the background, because of course there is.
Meanwhile, Jedi News has a nice clear shot of the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit, and Ron Howard is out here with a fuzzy Lando.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will be making its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, the festival has announced. The film will premiere on May 15, ten days before the official May 25 release date, per Deadline, who was first to report the news.
This isn’t a Star Wars first: Both Attack of the Clones in 2002 and Revenge of the Sith in 2005 had their debuts at the festival. The festival’s history with the franchise goes back a lot further than that, though.
Solo is the first Star Wars movie since Sith to be released in May.
Director Ron Howard brought The Da Vinci Code to Cannes in 2006, and Lucasfilm’s Willow way back in 1988.
Ron Howard has been busy these last couple days. On Wednesday, he shared a video of the last day of scoring with composer John Power. On Friday, he tweeted that the Solo edit is locked the score is done, and then proceeded to share images of mixing, a VFX review, more mixing and… Reviewing?
The movie is in the “final stages of post,” he tweeted Saturday evening. “It’s gratifying to see everybody’s dedication to this story – going back to 2012 – adding up in such a fun & satisfying way. So much talent involved.”
He also reminds us that another trailer is coming – though it’s anyone’s guess as to when it’ll show up. The movie is (still) out May 25.
Head under the cut to see all the images.
Ron Howard gave a brief Solo update on Twitter yesterday, saying that this week they should finish up the film’s scoring and sound mix. A couple days ago, he also revealed that some early press work has begun, in a picture with Donald Glover, Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Laurence and Jon Kasdan.
→ Floating around is a new article that purports to be from an actor in the production, but it tells us little we don’t already know from other sources (director troubles, acting coaches, etc.) and ends on a note that sounds more like someone reading fanboy conspiracy sites than someone truly plugged in to the industry. Read it if you must, but I’d supplement it with these Twitter threads from Bobby Roberts and Jordan Maison.
→ Thandie Newton says her character’s brief appearance in the trailer actually “tells you a lot” about Val.
→ And finally, on the possible spoilers front, a few new names and story details rounded up at SWNN.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller say they’ll be credited as executive producers on Solo. Ron Howard took over as the standalone’s director after they exited the project back in June.
→ Jon Favreau will be voicing “a very cool & important alien character” in Solo, per Ron Howard. This is his second time doing a GFFA voice – he previously played Pre Vizsla in The Clone Wars.
→ The official site has also posted all those new pictures from Entertainment Weekly – sans the annoying watermarks.
Head under the cut for a full look at that new poster.
No coverage of Solo: A Star Wars Story would be complete without asking on the film’s turmoulous director issues, and Entertainment Weekly does go there, with the usual vague and polite responses from Kathleen Kennedy and Ron Howard on the issue of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
But the story begins and ends with George Lucas and Ron Howard, from American Graffiti to the set of Solo where – on Howard’s very first day – Lucas came to visit.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s droid L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story is “a self-modified droid,” co-writer Jon Kasdan tells Entertainment Weekly. “The idea is that she’s sort of a mutt, if you will, of various parts of different kinds of droids who has improved upon herself.”
“She’s a complete individual in the galaxy,” Jon Kasdan says. “We wanted to have it be a completely different kind of droid than you’ve ever seen in the movies. And we definitely wanted it to be a female. We thought it was more than time for that.”
She has a “working relationship with Lando” that is “very sophisticated” and has evolved over the years, Lawrence Kasdan says.
She’s very smart and advanced for a droid, “and Phoebe is hilarious and brilliant and really helped bring that character to life in ways that are funny and surprising,” Ron Howard says.