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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Solo: A Star Wars Story seems like a film that was tailor-made for delay. Not has Star Wars spent the past few years hitting theaters in Decembers — at this point, almost becoming a holiday season staple — but it had a very public troubled production.

With only a few weeks left in its shooting schedule, the folks over at Lucasfilm fired helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The reason was reportedly for taking too many liberties with the script, and turning the film into a more jokey affair than they had planned. Director Ron Howard took the helm, finishing up principal photography as well as an extended bout of pick-ups and reshoots.

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However, despite all these signs pointing to them to push the film from May to December of next year, it looks like they’re still shooting for that May release, as evidenced by recent posters that popped up in theaters.

Yet here we are, around five months away from the release of the film, and we’ve seen absolutely no footage from the flick. Should we be worried?

Well, let’s take a look at the only other anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That was a film that hit theaters in December of 2016. Its first teaser trailer hit theaters on April 7, 2016, over eight months prior to its release.

So yeah, there’s clearly a bit of a difference here between those two films, and Rogue One was a film that was also mired in production issues of its own, with reports coming in that nearly 50 percent of the film was reshot.

What does this mean for Solo: A Star Wars Story? Should we be worried? Well, we should definitely be keeping a keen eye on this one. Despite Rogue One’s own troubles, it still managed to be a crowd-pleasing film. This movie may very well overcome the same odds.

However, based on the evidence at hand, it’s hard not to feel at least slight tinge of doubt — especially when Disney has been given every opportunity (and let’s be honest, every reason) to push back this film to the end of the year.

Given the intense overhaul this movie is likely facing in the editing room at this point, as a result of the late directorial change, it’s hard not to wish that Disney could have given themselves that extra bit of breathing room to ensure that they did right by Han Solo.

What do you think about this situation? Do you think we should be worried about Solo: A Star Wars Story? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Solo: A Star Wars Story is still slated to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.

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  • Rhoq

    I think it’s more likely they don’t want to take the focus off of The Last Jedi. If it still don’t have a trailer by mid-January (end of January at the latest), then I’d say it’s time to start worrying.

  • Moby85

    I came here to say what Rhoq did. Disney didn’t want to start to market the new film and take attention off of The Last Jedi. I do believe Han Solo will make the May release because, from a marketing perspective, I think Disney wants to see what happens with bi-yearly releases and how the May release turns out.

    I would expect a trailer in the next couple months. But I’m honestly most excited about the Blade Runner 2049 Blu-Ray release in a few weeks.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      But don’t you think a simple teaser would have been appropriate in front of The Last Jedi. Just a little surprise for the fans to go, oh yeah, we’re getting an new film in 5 months.

      • Moby85

        Ok fine, I’ll give you that. A SHORT, TRUE teaser before TLJ would have been cool. But I’m still fine not having it yet.

  • Vector
  • the50sguystrikesback

    What IS it with you, Jammer?

    Is EVERY project that replaces a director mid-production (‘JL’) in trouble?

    Perhaps you’re on to something. LoL

  • Kronx

    I don’t care if they release a trailer at all. I’ll go see it anyway.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.