In summer 2017, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller stepped away from the then-untitled Star Wars spinoff centered on a young Han Solo. The co-directors and Lucasfilm released a joint statement toward the end of mid-June, claiming the decision was mutual and based on creative differences.
“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project,” Lord and Miller wrote. “We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”
By the time the directors parted ways with the film, they had already been filming for several months. Many fans anticipated some kind of Han Solo preview during the Star Wars Celebration in spring 2017; however, as pointed out by Screen Crush writer Matt Singer, attendees didn’t receive any new details about the upcoming flick. There were no appearances by the cast, no official title announcement, and definitely no trailer. In retrospect, this made sense, as there were reported creative conflicts occurring behind the scenes; however, just because Lucasfilm didn’t screen a preview, doesn’t mean one didn't exists.
According to Screen Crush, a source claims the studio intended to show a sneak of the initial Solo spinoff “assembled from the footage from Lord and Miller’s shoot.” But, as the source claims, “the trailer was cut together and then shelved for exactly the same reasons that Lord and Miller were let go two months later; Lucasfilm wasn’t happy with it.”
Though we can't wait to watch Ron Howard's final product, it would've been cool to get a closer look at what Lord and Miller had in store. Let's cross our fingers that this alleged unreleased trailer will one day surface.
Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to hit U.S. theaters on May 25.