So it turns out LucasFilm and Disney must have a lot of faith in Ron Howard’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” They’re bringing it Cannes for a premiere on May 15th, ten days before the film’s release.
The “Solo” premiere should rock the Croisette considering first, that it’s “Star Wars,” and second, that the film has been the subject of so much gossip. But Kathleen Kennedy must really know she’s got a hit if they’re giving it such a big stage, and ten days out. If it were no good, you know, they’d wait til the next week and just have the premiere in L.A.
So that’s a relief, and that should quiet down the naysayers. “Solo” did a have bumpy start, with the original directors leaving and Ron Howard coming in. But this news is very heartening. Maybe they’ll even get Harrison Ford to come to Cannes!
I have a lot of confidence in Howard’s star, Alden Ehrenreich. He was terrific in the Coen Brothers’ movie, “Hail, Caesar!” and in Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply.” There’s no reason to think he won’t make a great young Han.