Solo: A Star Wars Story

Around the Galaxy: Star Wars, Star Wars Everywhere, But No Solo Trailer In View

Star Wars News and Notes - January 14, 2018

“Enough already. Let’s see a trailer.”

[Spoilers Ahead] With The Last Jedi winding down its run, and with nerves frayed because of the divisive nature of the latest edition of the Saga, the time seems ripe for some visual evidence. Fans are looking for a tangible, visible reason — beyond the nostalgia (addressed below) — to get excited for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

And beyond the Lego leaks, peeks at the Falcon, and photos from director Ron Howard’s Twitter, we’re still looking for official and tangible efforts of the star-studded cast and crew.

But, alas (and with a sincere apology to Samuel Taylor Coleridge), we’re still waiting (impatiently):

Since then, at an uncertain hour,
That agony returns:
And till my ghastly tale is told,
This heart within me burns.

No Solo trailer on Monday

First, don’t shoot the messenger.

Sorry, my friends, there will be no Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer drop tomorrow; at least that’s what ABC News correspondent Clayton Sandell tweeted last night:

I mean, it’s a pretty credible source, no? Many of you have the day off Monday, so feel free to sleep in…

No more nostalgia?

Sleep may not come easily, however. Particularly after you read James Whitbrook’s, “The Last Thing I Want Right Now Is Another Nostalgic Star Wars Movie.”

A gut punch to be certain (and this writer rhetorically asks whether there can really be a non-nostalgic Star Wars movie – but I digress), but that’s James Whitbrook is selling us.

Although it’s proved somewhat divisive among fans, I fell into the camp that completely loved the message The Last Jedi had about the galaxy far far away, both positive and critical… Mainly, it gave me the realization that I’ve had enough of the Republic/Empire battle, and that it’s time for Star Wars to try something brave, and new, without that structural framework. To me, The Last Jedi was, as both Admiral Holdo and Poe Dameron intoned in the movie, the spark that would light a fire—a fire that could guide the way into a truly new era for Star Wars.

Conversely, for good or for ill, I am big into nostalgia. My critiques for any Star Wars film are awash in the fond memory I have for watching the original trilogy with dad, mom, and family. That said, Whitbrook’s thoughts on Solo come from the deep feelings of a real Star Wars fan.

So, you should read his piece:

A beautiful film…

Laura Prudom is back on the reading list with her uplifting post, “Solo: A Star Wars Story: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Says Ron Howard Will Make a ‘Beautiful Film.'”

Speaking of the award-winning director, Waller-Bridge, who apparently plays a droid in the upcoming film told IGN, “you just really trust him, and it was just really exciting to work with him. I mean, it would’ve been exciting to just pass him in a corridor, let alone for him to be parachuted into the film you’re working on.”

But don’t look for any negativity about the previous regime, or the switch in directors, from Phoebe.

The handover there was done with such warmth and generosity from everybody, and Ron’s just a master at his craft; he’s going to make a beautiful film out of it… We’d done some really, really great stuff with Chris and Phil that everyone was really thrilled with, and I think a lot of that will still be in it.

Sounds good to me. Can’t wait to see the evidence…

In the meantime, read Laura’s article.

Reshoots described as “pickup shots”

I haven’t put too much effort into this story, but I was pleased with the less than “the sky is falling” take from Bradley Russell, who wrote:

It’s time for another chapter in the saga of the Han Solo movie’s never-ending reshoots. The movie is out in May and we’ve got *check notes* no trailer, controversy surrounding earlier productions, directors being fired and MORE. FREAKING. RESHOOTS. Hold your space horses on this one, though, it’s not nearly as awful as you might be expecting.

Russell added, “To save you scrambling to Wikipedia, pick-up shots are essentially a bit of spit and polish to add to the final cut. A reaction shot here, filling in a few logic gaps and fixing continuity errors there.

“All in all, pretty standard when it comes to big Hollywood releases.”

Read the full post below:

I don’t even need a trailer; a new official picture to add to my roundups would be wizard! I’ll update later today if anything comes up… JB


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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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