The Last Jedi has barely left our screens and already we are preparing for the launch of the next Star Wars story next month. The Han Solo origin story – Solo: A Star Wars Story – is nearly upon us and just to whet our appetites for the loveable smuggler, a new trailer for the film was released yesterday (April 8).
It’s the story we kinda of already know. Solo lived a life of crime. An amazing pilot, he ended up smuggling to get by. At some stage he rescued the Wookiee, Chewbacca, for which Chewie grants Solo a life debt and the pair team up to be one of the galaxies best flying pair and won the Millennium Falcon from fellow smuggler Lando Calrissian. He also started working for Jabba the Hutt only to find himself in a spot of trouble so he dumps his load of spice, thereby earning a bounty on his head. Trying to scrap together funds to pay off Jabba results in the pair meeting up with Ben Kenobi in the Mos Eisley cantina and so begins his involvement with the Rebel Alliance.
While we don’t get much in the trailer and it has a feeling of disjointedness, which is kind of fitting for Solo and the numerous scraps he finds himself in and how he manages to get out of them, this trailer has got me excited about the movie.
We get glimpses of Han’s home planet of Corellia, we get to see Han meet Lando (Donald Glover), and we start to gain some understanding of the plethora of new characters we’ll be introduced to in the film: the scarred crimelord Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany); the femme fatale Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke); the low-grade hoodlums Val and Tobias Beckett (Thandie Newton and Woody Harrelson); and the fearsome droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). And there’s plenty of Alden Ehrenreich as Han.
While I still have some concern about Ehrenreich as Solo (though I think it would be hard for anyone to take on the iconic role following Harrison Ford), there are certain parts in the trailer where he absolutely nails it: his ego and his relationship with Chewie.
Visually the film looks amazing. It definitely has a Star Wars feel but something new, something darker, something wilder. The extracts of the train heist fight… that I am looking forward to seeing. And seeing the Falcon and jumping to light speed looking out from the cockpit, that’s always going to hit me with the feels.
While I can’t at this stage declare “I’ve got a really good feeling about this!” like Solo does, this has made me feel that it might not be the disaster I feared it could be.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is released on May 25.
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