'Solo' premiere features life-size Millennium Falcon, a galaxy of 'Star Wars' stars, and really strong buzz

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Following the star-studded premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story in Hollywood yesterday, the first reactions are now in. And it could be time to breathe a sigh of relief. It sounds like Ron Howard nailed it.

It also sounds like Donald Glover steals the show as the young Lando Calrissian.

Clockwise from top Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Ron Howard, and Clint Howard. (Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney)

The movie is the second spinoff from the Star Wars series, following 2016’s Rogue One, and it finds Alden Ehrenreich playing the young smuggler Han Solo.

Donald Glover and Alden Ehrenreich (Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Though the production was fraught — Howard took over the directing duties after original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired by Lucasfilm  the final is being called “a blast.”

Of course, there’s not quite universal approval. Some critics had reservations…

The world premiere featured a life-size Millennium Falcon parked on Hollywood Boulevard and appearances by the full cast, including Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany, and Jon Favreau, as well as old-school Star Wars fixtures George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Ewan McGregor, Peter Mayhew, and Ray Park.

Alden Ehrenreich, George Lucas, and Ron Howard on the Solo red carpet. (Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney)
Mark Hamill and his wife, Marilou York, at the  Solo premiere. (Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney)
Billy Dee Williams, the OG Lando, plays to the crowd. (Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney)
Former (and potentially future?) Obi-Wan Ewan McGregor hits the red carpet. (Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney)

Solo arrives in theaters on May 25.

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