Disney and Lucasfilm released the very first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story earlier this morning on Good Morning America. Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
A shorter version of the trailer aired during last night’s Super Bowl, that revealed that Han may have started out wanting to join the Empire as a pilot. In this full trailer, we get a lot more footage of the supporting crew, and finally get to hear Ehrenreich’s Solo speak; bringing that calm-under-pressure swagger that Harrison Ford effervescently showcased.
Check out the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story below:
A further tease of a younger Lando Calrissian, who appeared in a giant fur during the Super Bowl ad. Here, we have a more footage, including Glover pulling off some signature Lando charisma like no body’s business, and sporting a way more Lando-y(?) outfit. We also get a little confirmation as to Emilia Clarke’s mysterious role Qi’Ra, and she is definitely someone who has known Han for a long time, while Harrelson’s mentor role reveals he is putting together a team of smugglers, thus starting Han’s early criminal career.
Visually, the trailer looks fantastic, differing in composition and tone from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (the colors seems even more muted in this one, reserved for snowy-whites and drained browns) as well as the Episode titles like Force Awakens and The Last Jedi (crisp, sharp blasts of color). Ron Howard has definitely brought his veteran craftsmanship to this thing and it looks top tier.
Judging from what was teased in this trailer, it feels like Solo: A Star Wars Story might bring the trilogy of novels by A.C. Crispin back into canon. In those novels, Han is an orphan on Corellia, taken in by space pirates, served under a crime lord named Garris Shrike, escaped as a teen, became a smuggler, and then pursued a career as an Imperial pilot. While training, Han saw an officer beating a Wookiee and intervened, leading to the ultimate friendship of Han and Chewbacca, the pair then going off to become a smuggling team who won the Millennium Falcon in a game of Sabacc from Lando Calrissian.
When Disney purchases Lucasfilm in 2012, the old EU was rebranded as “Legends” and the kicked out of the Star Wars canon, making on the movie and newer material that came after them the “real” Star Wars universe.
The recent crunch in marketing comes amidst the film’s troubled production. Solo: A Star Wars Story found its original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller exiting the project over creative differences, bringing on Ron Howard to all but re-shoot the film. There were then reports that Alden Ehrenreich was having an acting coach brought on to help him with his performance, as well as a change of release date. With only three months before its release, count on Disney and Lucasfilm to unleash a cavalcade of marketing and promotion to amp up anticipation.
So expect a lot more trailers and TV spots to come, like for example these character posters, which were released just moment after the trailer officially debuted. They shout retro-style (the Lando one could have been a tease for his own solo movie).
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens May 25th and stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newtwon, Paul Bettany, and Joonas Suotamo.
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