By Katelyn Cody
Staff Galactic Reporter
Disclaimer: Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I genuinely enjoy the new movies being released by Lucasfilm and I love seeing this new, younger generation of Star Wars fans get excited the same way I did when The Clone Wars came out. I am not forcing you to like the new movies, but please do not come at me saying I am not a “true fan” just because I actually liked The Force Awakens. The new movies do not make me love the original trilogy any less.
That being said, there is a new Star Wars movie coming out on May 25th and I for one am pretty excited. A new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story was released on April 8th. This film will be the second independent film in the Star Wars saga released, after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in December 2016. This new movie will tell the backstory of Han Solo, the lovable “scruffy looking, nerf herder”, from the original Star Wars trilogy, played by Harrison Ford. I do have to admit it was a little unnerving to watch the trailer and see someone else play such an iconic character, but from what the roughly two and a half minute trailer gave me, I think Alden Ehrenreich will do a good job filling in Ford’s boots. He has the good looks and arrogant charm that made us all fall in love with Han in A New Hope. Suffice it to say, I am ready for some smirks and witty comebacks.
Besides Ehrenreich there are three more newcomers to the Star Wars family that make up the main cast. Donald Glover plays a young Lando Calrissian, played by Billy Dee Williams in the original trilogy. Glover is probably one of the most hyped about aspects of this movie. He has such an immense, remarkable talent for practically everything that he does so it would be difficult for him to disappoint in this film. Emilia Clarke joins the film as Qi’Ra, a new character that not much is known about yet. Same is the case for Woody Harrelson’s character, Tobias Beckett. These are two well-known faces from other mega entertainment franchises (Clarke from Game of Thrones and Harrelson from The Hunger Games) that I am excited to see in a galaxy far far away. It was a little perturbing to watch the trailer and see Clarke without her signature white blonde Khaleesi hair. On a serious note, I am very excited to see what is in store for Clarke’s character. I am loving the inclusion of new strong female characters in the Star Wars universe; we know they have always been there, but it is nice to finally see them on the screen.
Speaking of new characters, it was brought to my attention that one of the new aliens in the film is named “Therm Scissorpunch”. You read that right, that is its actual, real name and I just do not know how to reconcile with this information. I mean there have been plenty of ridiculous names featured throughout the Star Wars universe, Salacious B. Crumb in Return of the Jedi for example, but I think Mr. Scissorpunch takes the cake. He also happens to be a giant lobster and I’m kind of hoping that this is just Lucasfilm trolling us and he will not actually be in the movie.
The trailer depicted just enough action and adventure to get everyone hyped to see the film. I was very excited to see shots of the Millenium Falcon, leaving me with questions of where this iconic spaceship will take the main characters. I wonder if there will be a lot of new planets and locations or if the filmmakers will revisit some of the places we know and love. Personally, I would like to see some of the story take place in Cloud City, since that location was so central to Han and Lando’s story line in Empire Strikes Back (my favorite installment in the Star Wars saga).
But this review can’t be all positivity. I am a little concerned that Clarke’s character, Qi’Ra, is going to serve as a love interest for Han Solo, and I just really do not want that to happen. I am hoping that she will get to be her independent, badass self. I also know that there would be a lot of backlash against seeing Han with someone who is not Princess Leia, but people are allowed to have more than one love interest throughout their lives. Also, these are fictional characters. I just do not feel the need for their to be a romantic subplot in this film.
But when it’s all said and done, I cannot wait to find out how our favorite galactic smuggler came to be.