Lucasfilm President Would Like A Lando Calrissian 'Star Wars' Spin-Off

Well, the wraps are now coming off. "But there's a problem with the character that suffuses the whole movie and makes it less than the sum of its parts".

The Star Wars Saga was meant to be a series of nine films chronicling the rebel alliance as they try to defeat the Empire. He's a thief and smuggler that takes Han Solo under his wing.

MONDELLO: Maybe not that question.

Directed by reliable studio hand Howard, Solo isn't likely to become anybody's favourite chapter of this ever-expanding franchise, but it gets the job done and offers more than a few good laughs and plot twists.

Everyone in the ensemble is terrific - but the show-stopping, effortlessly scene-stealing performance of the movie comes from Donald Glover as the charming, suave, sneaky-smart gambler and pilot Lando Calrissian. Then it ain't taken, friend. Although no character is so precious that they can't break from the actor who made them memorable - even Indiana Jones had two younger versions of himself - it's still not an enviable position to be in.

MONDELLO: Now, if you're a "Star Wars" fan, you know that Han won the spaceship Millennium Falcon in a game of Sabacc, and he won it from. So you can bet Lucasfilm is looking to diversify their roster of lead characters by letting Lando Calrissian lead the way.

Brian Truitt of USA Today said Ehrenreich "does the character justice, mainly because he's a different Han than previously seen".

"You look good, a little rougher on the edges, but you look very good": that is the compliment that the lovely Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) pays Han - very apt indeed - when the two meet a few years after they are separated in a bid to escape from the "mean streets" of a fascist, lawless planet in "a galaxy far, far away".

GLOVER: (As Lando Calrissian) I'm a lucky guy. Long story short, we got our Lando hopes up for nothing. The overall dark look of the movie is perhaps created to hide Ehrenreich's lack of resemblance to Ford - or maybe it's just to evoke The Empire Strikes Back, the darkest and most popular film of the franchise's original trilogy.

Early in the film, he acquires the furry Wookiee, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), by his side after an initial bout of hostility when he is pushed by an irate military man into a mud pit.

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Three years after having narrowly escaped arrest on his home planet of Corellia (called a "sewer" by one character, and we can see why), Han is still trying to cobble together the funds to buy his own ship so he can return and hopefully rescue Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), his girlfriend and partner in adventure.

Bryan Bishop, The Verge: "But Solo succeeds because it's not interested in just being a greatest-hits mixtape".

Emilia Clarke is sick and exhausted of being asked about how it feels to play "a strong woman". There's an argument to be made that it might even undermine his hero's arc in the first film.

Thandie Newton may be a Solo star - but she's celebrating those who have come before her!

The new Star Wars movie had gone through a bumpy production process. How much of the turmoil is visible onscreen?

And that step may come sooner than you think.

EHRENREICH: (As Han Solo) Well, what do you know? And once he settles in - a twinkle in his eye.

It's also episodic. To be generous, you could say that the choppy structure is true to the roots of Star Wars as an homage to such cliff-hanging Saturday matinees as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. Han goes through a lot of character development in the original trilogy, which makes any kind of attempt at development here far more stunted.

MONDELLO: The surrounding cast is fine, too. Or just good news for anyone who wants a "Solo" sequel.

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