People are using Lando Calrissian's return to dream of more Han Solo in Episode IX

If there’s one downside to the culture of nostalgia in which we now live—and there are many—it’s that our desire to see old faces and familiar locales is negatively impacting modern storytelling. One major critique of the Marvel franchise, for example, is that it lacks stakes—there’s no way the franchise is going to…

Here’s the story behind "I'm Han Solo," one of the worst pieces of Star Wars licensing ever

Even though it was arguably a better match for the visual tone of the film’s trailer, it’s unlikely we’re going to hear the song “I’m Han Solo” pop up anywhere in Solo: A Star Wars Story. That’s mainly because it’s notoriously terrible. The infamous track—a parody of Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” with ham-fisted Star…

Han Severals: 16-plus characters who smuggled inspiration from Han Solo

Han Solo is based on a familiar archetype: Star Wars’ lovable scoundrel can trace his roots back to our earliest myths, while there are progenitors of his world-weary cynicism in Humphrey Bogart’s movies, his charming roguishness in Douglas Fairbanks’, and his reluctantly outlaw heroics throughout the samurai films…

The entertaining Solo gives the galaxy's favorite rogue a Star Wars Story of his own

It was one common complaint-as-question among many leveled at the Star Wars prequel trilogy: With all the Jedi, Padawans, royalty, and Gungans running around, where was the Han Solo figure—the lovable rogue to cut through the series’ considerable mumbo-jumbo? Now the newly prolific Lucasfilm has provided a belated…

Harrison Ford's Han Solo advice to Alden Ehrenreich surprisingly wasn't "get out while you can"

Harrison Ford likes to present himself as a bit of a curmudgeon, even when his underlying goodness shines through his gruff exterior, but apparently he had a very productive chat with Alden Ehrenreich last year to discuss the actor’s then-upcoming role as the young Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story. That’s according…

John Williams is writing a new theme for Solo: A Star Wars Story

A lot of Star Wars characters have a little theme that can be played or referenced when they appear on screen or tragically die, like Darth Vader with “The Imperial March,” Luke Skywalker with “The Force Theme/Binary Sunset,” and Leia with the aptly named “Princess Leia’s Theme,” but other than “Han Solo And The…

It is with a heavy heart that we report some dissatisfaction with the movie title Solo

There are slim chances of titling a Star Wars movie in a manner that will please all or even most of its many, many fans, but just calling the Han Solo movie Solo is still pretty gobsmacking. That Han Solo’s last name directly implied his raffish, go-it-alone nature was always the type of thing you didn’t want to look…

Michael K. Williams was cut from the Han Solo movie

The sudden departure of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from Disney’s standalone Han Solo film created a lot of anxiety—a disturbance that the studio has tried to quell by bringing in the sure, steady hand of Ron Howard, who’s also done his part to assure that everything’s fine. “[It’s] coming along great,” Howard told The…

Ron Howard reunited with Willow’s Warwick Davis on the Han Solo set

Here’s one for anyone harboring a lingering nostalgia for Ron Howard’s 1988 fantasy epic Willow: Howard—apparently delighting in his ongoing role as the trickster god of the Star Wars universe—obliquely revealed today that Willow star Warwick Davis will appear in his upcoming Han Solo spin-off. Howard made the…

And now the story of the young Han Solo movie told via Arrested Development jokes

By passing the young Han Solo film off to Ron Howard, the Star Wars universe handlers assured viewers of a certain level of competence and joy. Howard’s varied career has involved everything from beloved acting turns like Opie Taylor and Richie Cunningham and well-respected directorial work like Frost/Nixon, Cocoon,…

Teasing Ron Howard offers up a blurry look at Donald Glover-as-Lando

Ever since he took over the director’s chair for Disney’s standalone Han Solo movie, Ron Howard’s been teasing fans of the Star Wars franchise with tiny glimpses from the set. (Like, “Here’s a picture of a bunch of water bottles” tiny.) Howard’s finally starting to open up with a few actual looks at the film, though,…