Saturday, June 15, 2024

“Star Wars” Coming to Cannes: Ron Howard’s Han Solo Movie Will Premiere on Croisette 10 Days Before Release


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.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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