One of the biggest objects of debate since the cast was announced for Solo: A Star Wars Story is...how well are these actors going to play these beloved characters? Some characters in the film are new, yet the main characters we know and love from other Star Wars movies.
Today, I'm ranking, on a scale of 1-10, my predictions on how well I think each actor is going to play their character (including what little bit we know about the new ones), but please leave your own thoughts in the comments section below!
Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca (10)
In case you need a refresher, Peter Mayhew played Chewie in the original trilogy of Star Wars movies, but since the sequel trilogy began, the Wookiee has been played by Joonas Suotamo, a Finnish actor. I've been pleased with his performance in all the new films, and I think Solo will be no different. As Chewie might say, "Garraghh!" (That means "awesome," or maybe something else. My Wookieespeak is a little rusty.)
Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian (9)
I mean, this GIF alone earns him a 9, right? I'll withhold my 10 for now simply because it is hard to play the character as good as the original actor, in this case, Billy Dee Williams. However, Donald Glover is a fabulous actor, so I have high hopes for his portrayal of Lando Calrissian. In all the trailers we've seen so far, Glover seems to capture that sort of debonair personality of Lando's, but of course, we'll have to wait for the whole movie for final judgment.
Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra (9)
Granted, we don't know much about Emilia Clarke's character in this upcoming film, but we have seen a few clips of her character here and there. Clarke has a lot of major acting experience to back her up (including in Game of Thrones), so it seems like she'll do just fine. Her character seems to be, perhaps, a character who likes the glitz and glamor but has a dark side, too. Perfect for Han (before he found Leia, of course)!
Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37 (8)
Again, this is a new character, but I can say from just trailers that Phoebe Waller-Bridge will do pretty well as Lando's droid partner. My only reservation in giving a score higher than an 8 is that this droid seems much like Alan Tudyk's K-2SO from 2016's Rogue One as far as personality and potentially combat skills. Granted, L3-37 is significant in that it is perhaps the first feminine droid with a major role in Star Wars, but it remains to be seen if this droid will distinguish itself enough from K-2SO to become another favorite.
Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos (7)
Yep, that scar-faced villain that appears briefly in the trailer that you always wondered who it was? That's Dryden Vos. Again, this character is a first in Star Wars, but I guess I give him a 7 because I have trouble imagining Paul Bettany not being Vision from The Avengers! Nonetheless, I think that in those films Bettany did show a flare of Vision's dark-ish side in The Avengers, so I still have high hopes for his villainousness in Solo. He does get bonus villain points for those frightening (almost perfect) scars in the picture above, too. Which begs the question...how did he get them? A great question for another time, as Maz Kanata would say.
Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo (6)
Definitively the most controversial cast member, Alden Ehrenreich has got some big shoes to fill when he debuts as a young Han Solo later this month. Nonetheless, I'm not necessarily a cynic about him. He's not Harrison Ford, but he still needs to find that balance between that suavity and slickness that defines Han Solo. From the clips we've seen so far, it's hard to make a judgment on whether this is true. I think his "Well, what do you know?" line to Chewie was on point, but everything else seems ambiguous at this point. I'm grading him a solid 6 to reflect my cautious optimism.
Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett (6)
We don't know much about Woody Harrelson's character outside the fact that he is legally shady and a mentor of Han's. That's the thing, though: he almost looks too nice to be a criminal, at least from the trailers we've seen so far. I'm sure he'll do fine (he's an acclaimed actor, after all), and maybe the movie will change my mind, but I don't know...maybe he has some kind of grungy character hiding in there. We'll see.
Do you agree with my rankings? Drop a comment and let me know!
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