Leave it to the Twittersphere to measure the pulse of Star Wars fans anxious for some idea of how Solo: A Star Wars Story will expand on what we know about everyone’s favorite scoundrel.
Hours after Disney dropped its long-anticipated trailer for the film, which explores Han Solo’s pre-Episode IV backstory, early reaction was mostly positive—with much of the collective relief stemming from fans’ renewed conviction that Solo will ratify, rather than deny, some of the lore left behind in the Star Wars Legends archives.
Fans also seem happy that early speculation about Solo’s rocky production process appears to have hopefully been exaggerated. Amid rumors that Disney had lost faith in Solo and already was cutting its losses ahead of the film’s release—and with the studio remaining quiet for months on end about where the project stood—a whole lot of fans (and media watchers) began to worry that Solo was heading down a disastrous course.
Judging from the reaction, though, the trailer has helped jettison most of those concerns. Not everyone is happy, of course, but there's a definite vibe—at least so far—of cautious optimism.
If so many Star Wars lovers seem giddy that elements of the Star Wars Expanded Universe might remain intact to help flesh out Han Solo’s origin story in Disney’s brave new world of lore, it’s likely because many weren’t sure that old lore would ever make an appearance in the new cycle of Star Wars films. Judging by the trailer, the film might mine some of those stories that had Han start his journey off as a wannabe Imperial pilot who eventually works with other ruffians.
Back in 2014, Disney responded to fan pressure concerning what is canon (and what isn’t) in its new Star Wars film cycle by issuing a statement that attempted to make short, sweet work of the ground rules for what it defines as lore sourcing for any new Star Wars project it creates.
That statement made it clear that new Star Wars lore would be beholden only to a very exclusive collection of properties: the six movies in the original Skywalker saga predating The Force Awakens, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, and Star Wars: Rebels.
Disney described these as "the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align." And, in the interest of giving "maximum creative freedom" to future filmmakers, the studio made no other promises about whether, or how, it would mine the rest of Lucasfilm’s enormous back catalog to flesh out future stories.
With only one trailer, we’ve still got a long way to go before today’s Solo theories become tomorrow’s Solo canon. The clip drops some tantalizing hints, and it’s done a great job of setting fans’ imaginations on fire — but it deftly avoids confirming all but the most basic assumptions.
For a killer breakdown of all the little nuggets the trailer manages to pack in, check out SYFY WIRE’s super-detailed trailer analysis. Then settle in until spring: Solo: A Star Wars Story makes the jump to light speed on May 25, 2018.