A new video offers Star Wars fans their longest glimpse yet of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story. This would be notable enough, without the video also offering a 360 degree virtual reality view that puts the viewer in the literal center of the action.
Such digital trickery is par for the course when Industrial Light and Magic is involved. Founded in 1975 by George Lucas after he discovered that 20th Century Fox no longer maintained their own in-house special effects department, the company would go on to redefine what it was possible to bring to life on the silver screen. To date, ILM has provided the effects for over 300 films and pioneered countless technical innovations for filmmakers. One of these is ILMxLAB (short for Industrial Light and Magic Experience Laboratory) - a division of ILM focused on creating interactive entertainment and next generation immersive entertainment experiences.
The video, which can be viewed above, was released on the official Star Wars YouTube channel. The clip, which is just over a minute long, depicts a scene first referred to in The Empire Strikes Back, where Han and Lando gambled for ownership of The Millennium Falcon.
Brief glimpses of this legendary sabacc game were included in earlier trailers, and an extended look at the scene was screened during Disney's CinemaCon presentation last month. For those who weren't at the convention to see the finished sequence, this clip offers a great taste of what to expect when Solo opens later this month. The 360 technology is a nice treat, allowing viewers to take in the creature designs and scenery of the seedy establishment.
The two scoundrels seem to be in fine form in the brief clip. Donald Glover plays Lando Calrissian with the perfect level of smooth bravado. By contrast, Alden Ehrenreich presents a stoic front as Han Solo, though the facade cracks when he allows his snarky sense of humor to emerge.
"Slow down, Han. You might want to quit while you're ahead," Lando warns as Han goes all-in on their wager.
"You might want to quit while you're behind," Han replies, as he cracks a brief smile for the first time during the game.
This smart remark leads Lando to declare that he likes Han, with a wry grin. It is an assessment that audiences are likely to share if the rest of Glover and Ehrenreich's interactions in Solo: A Star Wars Story are as true to the spirit of the characters form the original trilogy of Star Wars films as this scene. Thankfully, audiences only have a few short weeks left to wait and see if it lives up to the hype and their hopes.
Source: Star Wars YouTube Channel
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019