Movie Preview: “Solo”

These back-engineered “Star Wars” movies seem to have more promise than whatever direction Disney is taking the main post-Skywalker storyline.

To me, at least.

Back engineering Harrison Ford? Trickier.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” has an interesting cast, familiar action beats, the suggestion of a “pilot” gone “rogue.” Probably a lovable rogue.

Stole his last name from a popular 1960s spy show on TV.

If they REALLY want to do something novel with this sort of story, I’d build it around Lando Calrissian, as “When Han Met Lando” is a lot more interesting and unfamiliar even than when Han Met  Chewie. I see some of that here. But at least there’s a little hope built into this one.

Alden Ehrenreich as Han, Donald Glover as Lando, with Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke and Paul Bettany. And since Ron Howard is directing — a special appearance by Clint Howard.

Jon Kasdan, I am sure, “EARNED” the right to co-script this with his dad, screenwriter/director Lawrence Kasdan. No nepotism involved there.

May 25 is when it opens.

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