Looks like attendants at the Cannes Film Festival will be in for a bit of a surprise. Deadline is reporting that Solo: A Star Wars Story will be making its debut at the prestigious film festival at a special screening on May 15, 2018. This is around ten days or so before its premiere on May 25.
This is quite the interesting move from the studio. Why? Well, of all the films to come out of the Disney-owned Lucasfilm so far, this is the one that’s had the most behind-the-scenes drama. While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did face some issues that required half the film being reshot, it still carried through with the same director (or at least the guise of the same director).
In the case of Solo, two well-known directors were sacked before principal photography wrapped, and when industry vet Ron Howard took over, he basically had to go into triage mode in order to make the already-ambitious May 25 date. And despite all this, the studio is confident enough in what they’re seeing to premiere the film ten days early.
This means the reviews will likely that night or the morning after (barring any strange embargo, but we’ll see). This means that they are comfortable in early reviews for the film. If they didn’t, they would only premiere the film for critics the week of its release and give it a late embargo lift.
I, for one, am interested to see just how this project turns out. After the release of the bold and divisive Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I’d like to think they can make a film that can once again unite fans…but I may be asking too much.
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