Despite a tumultuous production, Lucasfilm appears to be confident in its latest addition to the Star Wars franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story. So confident, in fact, that the studio is lifting the review embargo for the film a full 10 days before its theatrical release.
According to Latino Review Media, the review embargo for Solo will be lifted at 2 p.m. PT on May 15, which is the same day the film premieres at the Cannes Film Festival in France. This, of course, should come as a sigh of relief for those worried about the impact Solo's troubled production might have on the final product, as studios typically tend to keep embargos in place longer for films they expect to perform poorly among critics.
Walt Disney and Lucasfilm surprised everyone when they fired directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller back in June while filming was still underway for Solo. Following the news of their departure, rumors began circulating that Lucasfilm was eying director Ron Howard to come in and finish filming, which still had several weeks of principal photography remaining. Howard was later officially confirmed to take over the project, and while some reports suggested he ended up reshooting much more than initially thought, Lando Calrissian actor Donald Glover assured fans that the change in production didn’t have too much of an effect on the overall film.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They are joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film opens May 25.