The upcoming Star Wars standalone film detailing the early life of the dashing rogue Han Solo has had it’s name confirmed. The title will be (drum roll please)…
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Huh, that’s about as bland as you can get really. It’s as though they were using that as the working title during production, couldn’t be arsed to think of anything more exhilarating and so just ran with that. Maybe it had been a really long board meeting and everyone needed a piss break, who knows?
Anyway, naturally the internet has been abuzz, as it always is whenever any Star Wars related news comes out. This time around, it has mainly been mocking the lazy title for the film, with Twitter being awash with jokes comparing the film to the popular plastic cup brand. Unfair criticism or not, the title does seem to speak of a laziness on the filmmakers part. While the last film in the new Star Wars anthology series, Rogue One, had about as generic name as possible, at least it feels like an actual name.
So, what do we know about the new Han Solo solo film Solo: A Star Wars Story? Well, we know that there the film will be following the young Han Solo prior to meeting Luke and Obi-Wan in the original Star Wars. We know that it stars Alden Ehrenreich as the titular Han Solo, alongside Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and a pair of eyebrows off the set of Game of Thrones. And, of course, we know that there seems to have been a lot of drama backstage.
The original directors attached to the picture were the duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the pair responsible for hits like The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, but they were fired in June for creative differences with Lucasfilm. Since then, the project has been helmed by Hollywood veteran Ron Howard. Changing director midway through a film’s production, when has that ever gone wrong?
Regardless, the film is scheduled for release on 25 May next year. No doubt it will be a smash hit even if it is lacking in substance. Slap a Star Wars label on a dead seal and you will have overweight nerds queuing for miles to watch it twitch and fight with plastic light sabres over its bloated corpse. I think George Lucas realised that shortly after the release of Episode 1…