We waited so long to feast our eyes on some form of footage for Ron Howard's anticipated Solo: A Star Wars Story that we hardly know what to do with ourselves now that we have a trailer! The clip, which aired on Good Morning America, gave us our first full look at Howard's vision for this Star Wars prequel story -- not THOSE prequels, just a prequel -- and presented tantalizing footage of Alden Ehrenreich as Harrison Ford's iconic, heroic character.
So, with a magnifying glass in hand, let's look at new images and screen grabs of the top cast members in Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story, and share a little bit about what we know about where they stand in this narrative:
A failed recruit at the Flight Academy, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) still dreams of being the galaxy's top pilot, and we learn that he's been running scams on the street since the age of 10. He'll be recruited to a team for a mission that... we don't learn a ton about. But he's bringing an old friend with him, as we find out in the next section.
Han's longtime co-pilot, and hairy best friend. We don't learn here how Chewie and Han meet -- the Wookiee already speaks a language Han can translate in these scenes. But we expect all of that to be laid out when we see the full movie in May.
Social media damn near melted down when we got our first look at the smooth-ass Donald Glover playing Lando Calrissian, an ally of Han Solo who, we know, will eventually betray him (years from now in The Empire Strikes Back). There are a handful of important story beats that have to take place between Han and Lando, the biggest involving the trading of possession of the Millennium Falcon, which gets a lot of screen time in this tease.
Now we're getting into new characters, and Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra (once thought to be Kira) looks likes she will have a deep personal connection to Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo. She is in numerous scenes with him, going back to his early days racing small crafts. She boasts several different looks in the film. Will this movie bounce around to a number of different time periods?
Described in early materials as a mentor to Han Solo, Woody Harrelson's Tobias also appears to be the man who recruits Solo for a mission. He's later scene racing through space with Han, so Tobias isn't a "stay back at the base" type of mentor. Maybe he's more like Obi-wan in A New Hope, willing to tag along and get his hands a little dirty?
Thandie Newton's Character
Now we get into total mysteries. Thandie Newton plays a character who has yet to be identified, but she shows up in the trailer after Woody talks about putting together a team. In addition to her human assistance, we also get...
A new droid
Because it isn't Star Wars without a new droid.
Want to see how they all fit into the full trailer? We have you covered:
Some trailers give too much away. Solo: A Star Wars Story laid the basic foundation for the movie that's coming in May, but beyond that, still held most of its secrets close to its signature vest. Hopefully this means that there is a lot more still to be discovered when the movie drops. We'll see you on May 25 for a lot more Star Wars!
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