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Why you should be excited for Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Another year, another addition to the Star Wars universe. After Rogue One kicking off a new wave of anthologies, here’s what you need to know about the next addition from a galaxy far, far away.

The latest installment in the epic franchise sees fan favourite Han Solo ‘meet his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounter Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion’ (according to IMDB). But the questions remain: what did Han Solo do before he became a smuggler? And, precisely how did Chewbacca and Solo become the loyal duo we know and love?

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Despite not having the familiar face of Harrison Ford taking the role, Solo: A Star Wars Story gives us many reasons to get excited. Donald Glover seems to be the unconventionally perfect choice for the role of Lando, whilst Solo, being depicted by Alden Ehrenreich, is a less convincing choice with somewhat potential. Woody Harrelson is also in place as Solo’s mentor – another excellent casting choice, given his ability to bring both humour and sombreness to the big screen.

After the sacking of previous directors, Ron Howard (director of Apollo 13) oversaw the remaining weeks of production, reportedly re-shooting around 80% of the movie. Whilst he is not the J.J Abrams or George Lucas of the Star Wars world, looking to Apollo 13 suggests Howard has definite potential in triumphing at the helm of a space-set blockbuster.

Ultimately, with the right acting, writing, and direction, the film will delve deeper into Han Solo’s iconic character and his story before the original trilogy's landmark events.

Disney’s tag on the project comes with an expected level of quality, and let's be real, is there really such thing as a ‘bad' Star Wars movie?

Solo: A Star Wars Story is out the 25th of May, distributed by The Walt Disney Studio

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