Walt Disney just went and made my Sunday morning a little bit longer, thanks to this 60-second spot for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Now I’m not going to comment on every new piece of marketing for this flick, but I did want to note what makes this one stand out. Unlike the previous trailers and TV ads, Alden Ehrenreich actually gets quite a bit of onscreen dialogue (as opposed to offscreen narration).
No, he doesn’t monologue or have a passionate speech, but compared to the previous marketing tidbits, young Han Solo is somewhat front-and-center as the lead in his own prequel movie. The previous spots were mostly framed around its protagonist, with Woody Harrelson getting the good lines, Emilia Clarke getting the glamor bits and Donald Glover being the coolest cat in the room without breaking a sweat. This led to fears that Ehrenreich’s performance, already under scrutiny due to behind-the-scenes melodrama, was weak enough to justify not exposing it to pre-release audiences.
Now, to be fair, we all wondered the same thing last year about Wonder Woman, since the majority of the trailers and TV spots offered very little onscreen dialogue for Gal Gadot’s Amazon warrior.
But, as you know, Gadot was quite good in the Patty Jenkins adventure flick, offering the kind of “four-star turn in a three-star movie” that elevated the likes of Iron Man and Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl in their day.