A new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story has been released, and it reveals much more about the film. It's no secret Lucasfilm's second Star Wars anthology had one of the more peculiar paths to the big screen in recent memory, with behind-the-scenes turmoil that rivaled Justice League. Fortunately, director Ron Howard steadied the ship with his veteran hands, and Solo looks poised to be one of the summer's biggest blockbusters. It would be nice for all involved if we could look back at all the worrying and laugh.
As has become par for the course during the Star Wars renaissance, there's much being held back for the actual premiere. But that doesn't mean marketing is completely void of juicy material for fans to sink their teeth into. On the contrary, the Solo trailer is full of interesting elements and secrets, which we've assembled here. We've started with some of the bigger bits and will update this post with more.
Star Destroyer Construction
The trailer opens on Han's home planet of Corellia, and we see an Imperial Star Destroyer being built in the sky. This harkens back to the Super Bowl spot, which showed a young Han signing up for service in the Empire. Solo is borrowing heavily from Legends, and it looks like Han's backstory is one of those aspects. In the old EU, Han served in the Imperial Academy before getting kicked out for stopping an officer from beating Chewbacca. Solo will detail the two's life debt, and it all started here.
One of the more mysterious characters at this point in Solo's marketing is Enfys Nest, who is one of the movie's villains. It's recently been revealed Enfys is a she and leads a gang called the Cloud-Riders. Both trailers have teased an old Western-style showdown between Enfys and Han, but it looks like we're going to have to wait until the premiere to find out how Enfys fits into the narrative.
Han & Lando At the Bar
We've known for a while Solo will show how Han acquired the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian, which in both Legends and canon went down in a game of sabacc. Here, we see what looks to be the beginnings of that match, with Han buying a seat at the table by going all-in. The setting of the game seems to be Solo's version of the cantina (which most Star Wars films feature) and was recently spotlighted in a Denny's commercial. This looks like a hive of scum and villainy.
Han, Chewie, and the Falcon
One of the first shots from Solo we saw was Han standing in the shadow of the vehicle he would grow to call home. That scene is used again in the full trailer, only there's a new addition. Chewbacca is in the shot now, with the two companions admiring the Millennium Falcon with great reverence. Chewie is also added into the wide shot of Han and Qi'ra walking right before Beckett pitches them the job. It's curious the Wookiee was absent in the teaser, but included in those sequences here.
Qi'ra and Han Reunite
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Well before Han met Chewie, Luke Skywalker, or Princess Leia, Qi'ra was his oldest companion. The two grew up on the streets of Corellia fighting to survive, but apparently went on separate paths at some point. In the new trailer, we see the two reunited in a fancy establishment owned by Dryden Vos (more on him in a minute). Qi'ra teases Han by telling the smuggler he's a bit rough around the edges, but still looks good. They seem to have a playoff dynamic that could go in a number of ways. Maybe Qi'ra has a little bit of Leia in her.
Beckett's Job Pitch
The character of Tobias Beckett fills the mentor role in this Star Wars film, taking a young Han under his wing in the life of crime. Beckett, who is modeled after Long John Silver, is eager to land a huge score and wants to take part in a job being put together by Dryden Vos. In his sales pitch to Han, Beckett calls Vos a "big shot gangster." The task seems to be robbing the Conveyex.
Dryden Vos Revealed
Other than Enfys Nest, Paul Bettany's Dryden Vos is the closest thing Solo has to an antagonist. Bettany replaced Michael K. Williams, who had to leave the film during its reshoots due to schedule conflicts. The trailer gives fans their first look at Dryden, who appears to have scars all over his face - perhaps prices paid for working his way up the criminal ladder. Towards the end of the trailer, we see Dryden take out some kind of weapon and attack, so he'll be getting in on the action.
Han With the Imperials
As Han looks to get employment with the Empire, he lists some of his valuable skills to increase his chances of landing work. As we see footage reminiscent (or recycled) from the teaser trailer, Han tells a superior officer that he's an excellent driver and flyer, which would surely make him a great asset. Obviously, things eventually don't go to plan, seeing that Han ends up resorting to a life of crime to find his place in the universe.
Han Gets His Blaster
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People are curious to see just how much of Han's origin will be shown in Solo. In addition to learning how he met Chewbacca and won the Falcon, fans will get the answer to the question of where Han's iconic blaster came from. It's a gift he receives from Beckett when he joins their crew for the big job.
Ever since Donald Glover was cast as Lando, audiences have been very excited to see the performance. What read as perfect on-paper is gold onscreen, as Glover perfectly encapsulates everything fans love about Lando. His brief scenes and lines in the trailer are laced with the trademark swagger. Lando has always come across as the coolest guy in the galaxy. There aren't many out there who can get away with calling Han, "baby."
Qi'ra Recruits Lando
One of the biggest questions about Solo was how Lando crosses paths with Han. Based on the footage, it looks like Qi'ra is the mutual connection between the two. She's the one who recruits his services when Beckett needs a ship for their job. That ship, of course, being the Millennium Falcon. Lando already has quite the reputation at this stage of his life, as Qi'ra calls Calrissian the best smuggler around. Han, surely, will have something to say about that.
One of the many new characters Solo introduces to the franchise is the droid L3-37, played via motion-capture by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Previously seen in the teaser doing a synchronized salute with Lando, the full trailer gives us a better sense of the characterization. L3 apparently isn't one to back down from a fight, as we're introduced to her in the midst of an altercation with a "mean man." She later expresses enthusiasm that her little group took their job, which seems to come at a time when the team is experiencing some trouble. L3, who may end up being the Falcon's consciousness, is going to be a breath of fresh air for Star Wars droids.
Han's Life-Altering Choice
Han appears to be somewhat directionless, since we know he's been on the streets pulling scams since he was 10. This is part of the reason why he's so drawn to Beckett - perhaps seeing him as the father he never had. Solo is eager for the chance to take part in the Conveyex heist, but the savvy veteran Beckett knows the consequences that come with such a choice. If Han takes part in the robbery, he's in this life for good. In a way that's true; even after becoming a Rebellion hero, Han spent his elder years trying to swindle people and hauling rathtars.
The Conveyex has been a key part of marketing, and we know there'll be some kind of firefight on top of it. In earlier footage, Beckett was seen going toe-to-toe with Enfys Nest, but here, he is battling with Imperial troopers. Not much is known about the target of the heist, but it wouldn't be out of the question for the contents to be the property of the Empire - seeing that Solo is set during their heyday well before Rogue One. Maybe the Imperials hire the services of the Cloud-Rider gang, who has a bone to pick with Han.
Val In Battle
Westworld star Thandie Newton is playing Val, an ally of Beckett's who is part of the Conveyex heist. Its only a quick glimpse, but we see her on the planet Vandor, where the train-like vehicle is running. She fires what could be a grappling hook towards the camera.
Chewie's Wife, Malla
It goes without saying that Solo is going to provide some insight into Chewbacca's past too. Through novels, canon has already mentioned he has a family, and it looks like we'll see some of his Wookiee relatives on the big screen. One of the shots in the trailer depicts Chewie bidding farewell to another Wookiee, which looks to be his wife. In Legends, when Chewie pledged his life debt to Han, he never left Solo's side, so something similar could be in store for the movie. There appears to be blaster fire happening during this scene, meaning this goodbye comes during a heated moment in the film.
Everyone Will Betray You
Sometimes, mentors have to give their students tough lessons. One movie after Luke learned from Yoda that failure is the greatest teacher, Beckett has some rough life advice for a young Han. He tells the idealistic wannabe smuggler to just assume everyone will betray him in an effort to prevent disappointment. Lucasfilm is known for holding back critical plot details in marketing, so this line makes it sound like a major twist is in store. Something had to turn Han into a cold-hearted cynic we saw in A New Hope, before learning to love Luke and Leia melted that ice away.
A Really Good Feeling
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To perfectly sum up how this Han's outlook on life is different from the original trilogy's, one only has to look at the scene where a wide-eyed Solo remarks, "I have a really good feeling about this." That line, of course, is a play on one of the franchise's most iconic phrases, "I have a bad feeling about this." The sentence has been uttered in every movie so far (K-2SO started it in Rogue One), so i's nice to see a different spin on the concept.
The trailer isn't done revealing more key information about Chewie. In one of the trailer's funnier moments, Chewbacca decides to make himself Han's co-pilot. When asked how he learns to fly, Chewie tells his friend he's 190-years old (and he still looks great). Wookiees, of course, have much longer lifespans than humans. With this reveal, Chewie is well into his mid-200s during the time of the sequel trilogy.
The Kessel Run
Chewie's fateful decision to become Han's co-pilot looks to be in the middle of the famed Kessel Run, which might be doubling as the ubiquitous "Millennium Falcon duels TIE Fighters" sequence. There are clues peppered throughout Star Wars lore that suggest the actual smugglers' route itself might be more disappointing than what Han built up in A New Hope, but as a set piece, it looks properly thrilling as a big space battle. The teaser revealed there's a tentacle creature that lives here too, proving one has to be crazy to try to pull this off.
More Falcon In Flight
The Kessel Run definitely won't be the only time we see the Falcon in action. It pops up several times in the Solo trailer, soaring over multiple locations. One shot towards the end of the trailer sees it flying over a desert landscape, while another sees it heading towards an unknown planet. We do know that Solo takes viewers to Corellia, Kessel, Mimban, and Vandor, so it'll be interesting to see which locations are which when the movie opens.
Dryden Vos' Weapon
As we mentioned above, Dryden Vos takes out a weapon to attack someone towards the end of the trailer. We get to see a quick closeup of it, and it looks to be some kind of energy whip that can cut through objects. Dryden is none too pleased as he prepares to use it. This could either be an illustration of his power or the consequences of a double-cross. Anything's possible in a crime flick, which Solo very much borrows from.
Chewie The Brawler
We're going to see some Wookiee fury unleashed in Solo. Throughout the films, Chewie's bowcaster has been his trusted weapon of choice, but sometimes all he needs is his bare hands. In one quick action shot, he slams what looks to be an Imperial soldier down to the ground, taking all his frustrations out on his opponent. Remember, it's never wise to upset a Wookiee.
Fight Outside the Falcon
Solo should have plenty of action, as there looks to be a firefight outside the Millennium Falcon as our heroes either have just landed or are trying to make a daring escape. Qi'ra throws a thermal detonator at unseen foes, trying to take out as many as she can. This could be from a sequence glimpsed at earlier in the trailer, when Lando fires his blaster off screen.
Han Saves Chewie
Being a prequel, Solo loses some of its dramatic tension since we know Han lives until Starkiller and Chewie continues to stick by Rey's side in the sequel trilogy. Still, the characters will face some peril, as evidenced by the final scene in the trailer. As the Conveyex turns along the track, Chewie loses his balance and almost falls off. Han grabs his friend and tries to pull him up before the Wookiee gets crushed against a mountain.
These are just some of the biggest takeaways from the Solo trailer. We'll add more as we find them, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019