We're four months away from the release of Solo, Disney's upcoming Han Solo origin film, and things aren't exactly looking promising.
First, the movie's original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were unceremoniously fired and replaced with Ron Howard while the film was well into production. Then there was the film's limp title, the rumors about Alden Ehrenreich needing acting lessons, and a report that Disney is gearing up for the movie to tank. Finally, there's the complete lack of publicity—it's pretty bizarre that we don't have a trailer or an official poster or promo photos or any real information about it this close to the release date outside of Ron Howard's Instagram feed.
Finally on Tuesday, Disney released a plot synopsis for Solo, giving us our first official details about the upcoming Star Wars movie. Unfortunately, it likely won't do much to ease anyone's Solo concerns.
"Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy," the synopsis reads. "Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes."
Since we already knew that both the Falcon and Lando would be making appearances in Solo, neither of their mentions are particularly revelatory—it was pretty easy to guess that we'd wind up seeing that fateful sabacc game in the movie. Same goes for the way Han met Chewie. Both of those iconic Star Wars moments will be fun to finally see or whatever, but they're still just moments—and nothing in the synopsis offers us anything like a compelling narrative spine that could hold these "daring escapades" and bits of fan service together.
Still, rumours and a lackluster synopsis probably aren't enough to completely give up on Solo yet, especially since Disney has a pretty solid track record with Star Wars films thus far, all things considered. Let's just wait for the trailer to drop before we completely panic. Until then, everyone can go back to arguing about The Last Jedi.