First, there was a tease, which dropped during Sunday night's Super Bowl between the Eagles and the Patriots. But with that came the promise of a longer trailer -- the first full look at Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story. It just dropped on Good Morning America, then hit the web. And now we have it here for you, so give it a spin.
A prequel to the original trilogy, Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story looks to tell a very early tale in the life of Star Wars fans' favorite smuggler, played this time out by Alden Ehrenreich. We see him in the footage enrolling in the pilot program, and then enjoy a montage of exciting clips that tick off a number of familiar faces... sort of. Chewbacca is present, of course, as Solo will explain how these two because allies and fast friends. But Solo also recasts Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, and finds new roles for Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Paul Bettany.
What does the trailer give us? It leans hard into Han Solo's arrogance. He talks about wanting to be a pilot, and how he's going to be the best that the galaxy has ever seen. We know this to be true, and it's fun to see a younger version of this space pirate on an adventure. But beyond Woody Harrelson's character, rumored to be called Tobias Beckett, putting together a team, we don't get a lot more story detail here. We'll have to wait for May.
The big question becomes, what do we think of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo? He has some of the biggest shoes on the planet to fill in Harrison Ford's portrayal of the legendary character. And while I don't quite gel with what I see and hear in this first trailer, I know that I have to get over the initial shock that comes with a comparison. The trailer needs to breathe a little bit, and I have to see how Ehrenreich plays Han for the duration of the movie. This sample size is almost a little too small to properly judge.
Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters on May 25, breaking with the recent pattern of Star Wars owning the month of December (and usually stretching into January). This means that it will be competing against a number of summer blockbuster heavy hitters, from Avengers: Infinity War to Deadpool 2. Want to know what else is opening in theaters this year? Bookmark our 2018 Movie Release Guide, and follow along all year long.