Lucasfilm pretty much confirmed that a Lando spinoff film is next

Lucasfilm pretty much confirmed that a Lando spinoff film is next

Carla Harmon
May 16, 2018

At the Cannes Film Festival, Kathleen Kennedy told Premiere France (with a hat tip to ComicBook) that yes, Lucasfilm's thinking has expanded to include the possibility of a Lando Calrissian solo movie. "Solo: A Star Wars Story is a crackingly enjoyable adventure which frankly deserves full episode status in the great franchise, not just one of these intermittent place-hold iterations".

MovieWeb Solo is a fun ride for sure, but it feels too commercial.

She told Radio Times last month: "There have been others with one line and Lupita Nyong'o was a computer-generated character [Maz Kanata, in "The Force Awakens" and "The Last Jedi"], but you didn't get to see the colour of her skin". The final result is a fairly entertaining film that is nonetheless completely middle-of-the-road.

The Hollywood Reporter says, "Obviously, the person with the most to prove here is Ehrenreich, who previously managed to steal a few scenes of his own as aw-shucks cowboy actor Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar!". He's got a girlfriend, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke); he dreams of being a pilot. Anyway, Qi'ra is dispatched with the gang to keep an eye on them.

Han Solo is the first cinematic character I ever, well, "liked". To placate Vos, they must get it from somewhere else. The plot is actually extremely convoluted - filled with time jumps, endless double crossings, and unexpected deaths of just-introduced characters - all made to show just how complicated the life of a bandit can be. The hard truth about this just-OK Star Wars universe plug-in is that Howard simply may not be the best director of special-effects-heavy space operas. Worse yet, the first two-thirds of the picture look dim and murky, as if it had been shot through a scrim of dust motes. There's a downside to any "Star Wars" movie so intent on not boring us that it risks numbing our senses with cliffhanger atop cliffhanger.

However, there are some great elements to the story, as well. That's a lot less enticing a premise than, say, how Anakin Skywalker went from cherub to dark lord, or where has Luke been squatting since 1983?

It's led to a lot of people wishing Solo was instead Lando: A Star Wars Story, and fans of the Cloud City chief may well have their wish granted.

Though don't you be thinking this is the last you'll see of our old pals Han and Chewie, as Kennedy also teased more Han Solo movies. It's not enough to hide the obvious ideological problem of willfully retreating to childhood in the face of real-world problems, nor the consolidated efforts of an unwieldy and arch-conservative private company to make said retreat into a national pastime; Solo's best moments are nearly entertaining enough to make you forget about all that. A strong director with seemingly no outstanding personal traits, he is perfectly suited for safe studio movies, as he rarely brings anything new to the table. Lando's co-pilot is the droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), who may or may not have a crush on Lando (who wouldn't?). She believes that Lando has feelings for her, men and robots can definitely have sex, and even convinces other robots to rise up against their masters. The film will be the second Star Wars anthology film, following the 2016 film Rogue One. Ultimately, she isn't given enough to do. But it's very much a film of good bits and bad bits.

In between these shoot-em-ups, Han makes a dash from his grey, industrialised home planet, enlists in and then deserts from the Empire's army, joins a band of robbers, and makes an impressive number of new friends; considering that the film is entitled Solo, it's remarkable how little time its protagonist spends alone. We first meet young Solo on the squalid planet Correllia, a society of runaways and ne'er-do-wells.

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