Solo promotion begins: What kept you, flyboy?

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The teaser trailer has dropped for Solo: A Star Wars Story, and we even have a few character posters.

It’s Feb. 5. The movie comes out May 25.

What took them so long?

Solo has had its behind-the-scenes problems. but the May 25 date — the 41st anniversary of the original Star Wars’ release, by the way — has seemingly remained firm. This, despite ditching its original directors, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, and bringing in George Lucas protege Ron Howard in to finish the film.

Was Disney being extra careful with this one, after the aforementioned troublesthe — and maybe factoring in the prickly reception Episode VIII — The Last Jedi got from formula-focused fanboys, plus the negative press that was generated by Rogue One’s reshoots?

Or was it more that they wanted to wait until The Last Jedi’s box-office window wound down (a home release should be announced soon, likely for this spring), and the excitement over the recent trailer for Star Wars Rebels’ last few episodes, subsided?

Like the Millennium Falcon, is the Solo movie trying to pull off its own Kessel Run — taking a shorter, but more perilous, route to success?

More Solo news from Nerdvana:

Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer teased during Super Bowl, debuts on GMA

Solo: A Star Wars Story posters show ‘new’ Millennium Falcon, name Emilia Clarke’s character

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