Solo: A Star Wars Story touches down in Cannes

Khaleej Times - City Times - - CANNES SPECIAL -

THE HAN SOLO spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story touched down Tues­day at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, bring­ing its cast and a full-sized Chew­bacca to the French Riviera ex­trav­a­ganza.

Direc­tor Ron Howard, wear­ing a hat that read “A long time ago in a gal­axy far, far away,” in­tro­duced his cast be­fore the film’s in­ter­na­tional premiere at Cannes.

Stormtroop­ers stood in for­ma­tion as star Stars Alden Ehren­re­ich, Don­ald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Har­rel­son and ‘Chew­bacca’ ac­tor Joonas Suo­tamo posed for pho­tog­ra­phers to pro­mote the big­gest Hol­ly­wood block­buster at this year’s fes­ti­val.

Le­banese ac­tress Manal Issa used the premiere’s mas­sive spot­light to draw at­ten­tion to the deaths of Pales­tinian pro­test­ers a day ear­lier at the Gaza bor­der. She held up a sign that said, “Stop the at­tack on Gaza!!” be­fore the premiere.

Thandie New­ton wore a cus­tom dress with im­ages of black Star Wars char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing Finn, Mace Windu and Saw Ger­rera, to the premiere.

“Yeah, I mean it was, we haven’t seen the film with au­di­ences and that’s great right off the bat. And peo­ple loved it,” New­ton said af­ter the premiere.

Howard de­scribed watch­ing the film at Cannes as a “blast,” call­ing it “a great jump­ing off place for a movie like ours.”

Solo is the third “Star Wars” film to land at Cannes, fol­low­ing At­tack of the Clones in 2002 and Re­venge of the Sith in 2005.

It will be re­leased in France on May 23, two days be­fore its re­lease in the United States.

Ac­tors Joonas Suo­tamo, Thandie New­ton, Woody Har­rel­son, direc­tor Ron Howard, Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehren­re­ich, Don­ald Glover, Chew­bacca, Paul Bet­tany, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, pro­ducer Kath­leen Kennedy, writ­ers Lawrence Kas­dan and Jon Kas­dan at the Solo premiere in Cannes

JohnTra­volta, wife Kelly Pre­ston and chil­dren Ella Bleu and Ben­jamin with a del­e­gate on the red car­pet

Fin­nish ac­tor Suo­tamo who plays Chew­bacca with his al­ter ego!

Por­tuguese model Sara Sam­paio is a vi­sion in white

Thandie poses in her cus­tom-made Star Wars gown

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