At this point since the Star Wars Disney buyout, is it easier to just say you are a Star Wars fan in spite of the prequels and newer films/spinoffs, or just say that you are a Star Wars fan up to the ending of the original trilogy? In the case of Solo: A Star Wars Story, I am not really excited about it, I wasn’t too thrilled at the trailer, and I’m not certain that the story is needed.
The issue is that much of Solo’s solo story has really already been told, or at least enough so the viewer can figure out what Han’s past is. I believe that the same thing applies to Obi-Wan Kenobi, and seeing some of the things he went through in the prequels felt…unnecessary, like showing us information that we have already been told.
For those that haven’t figured it out, I’ve compiled a list of what you will see in the new Solo movie, and you can check them off.
__ Open with Han being raised by the Corellian Pirates as a child. Chances are, he had a Dad that didn’t pay much attention to him, and a mother who, I don’t know, gets killed, maybe both parents at once. Seems like newer Star Wars characters like Rey and Jyn Erso have this orphan backstory, so why not an older one?
__ At some point in time, he meets the Wookee Chewbacca, who hopefully does not have a wife and kids like he did in the Star Wars Holiday Special (which is still canon, right?)
__ Han and Chewie become mercenary smugglers, always struggling to make it.
__ Han meets Lando, and form a decent friendship.
__ Han and Lando have some kind of gambling contest, and, because of the “fair and square” agreement, Han gets the Millennium Falcon all for himself (and Chewie).
__ Han and Chewie do the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs. It will finally be explained how he did that, because parsecs are units of distance. Yeah, that joke has been done to death amongst Star Wars fans.
__ Han and Chewie meet Jabba the Hutt and make a deal with him that is quite risky with a smuggling operation.
__ While on their smuggling operation, the Millennium Falcon sees an imperial freighter and dumps his shipment. He does it because he is bored at that time, and he didn’t have a choice.
__ The film ends with Han and Chewbacca arriving on Mos Eisley, dodging and escape pod from a starship (the escape pod has C-3PO and R2-D2 in it, in case you are missing this point), because why not set this up? Maybe Han will say something like: “Whoa, who’s flying that thing?”
I honestly hope that I am wrong about these predictions, but they feel so obvious that you don’t have to be Ron Howard to direct a film like this. Whatever the case, hopefully Solo works.