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Lucasfilm has released a full length trailer for their upcoming release, Solo: A Star Wars Story, providing initial plot details, a glimpse at Paul Bettany’s new crime boss centric character, as well as our our first look at the contrast between Harrison Ford’s iconic portrayal of Han Solo and newcomer, Alden Ehrenreich. Released during ABC’s prime time coverage this past Sunday, Lucasfilm is finally playing their hand and giving viewers a more in depth look at the latest anthology film after months of secrecy and rough press coverage due to directing changes and minimal marketing.
The trailer takes you into the world of young Solo, who has yet to make a name for himself, learning his way around the world he would call his home by the time we encounter him in the Mos Eisley Cantina years later during the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. A few key sequences in this trailer focus on discovering Solo’s true intentions, as he is both questioned by Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke) and warned about the path he is about to lead by his mentor, Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson).
Will this origin story provide more depth to the smuggler, providing fresh perspective and motivation? Qi’Ra may know more than meets the eye. In a world that already feels Solo’s character is established and well known, it is essential that this film creates those layers without pulling fans too far away from their comfort zones.
The good news is, fans will get more to speculate around the falcon, as the highly talked about gambling scene that leads to Solo winning the ship from Lando was featured. The iconic ship has become a household name, which can be acknowledged its own character in the Star Wars mythos.
Other memorable moments include more screen time with Lando, played by Donald Glover. He is proclaimed as “the greatest smuggler in the galaxy”, and definitely holds his own. Glover is large, in charge, and confident. The more you see, the more it is apparent Glover will be a standout in this film. Though, the trick will be to make sure he doesn’t overpower his costar. What was noticeable throughout the trailer is that both Glover and Ehrenreich’s interpretations don’t appear to be carbon copies of their predecessors. This may be a completely unique situation, which will definitely be interesting to see unfold when the film debuts.
The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany. Lucasfilm has also revealed a new poster, which features Solo and the entire crew in the style of the falcon’s cockpit. Solo: A Star Wars Story will release on May 25th.