Hot on the heels of the Super Bowl spot, Disney and Lucasfilm debuted the first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story on ABC’s Good Morning America:
Unlike the Super Bowl spot, the trailer lets Alden Ehrenreich take the mic as the younger Han Solo, who fills in the audience on his new canonical back-story as an Imperial Academy dropout, which is vaguely similar to Solo’s Expanded Universe history as an defected Imperial pilot.
We meet Woody Harrelson as Solo’s mentor Beckett, who recruits him for a job alongside Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra, Donald Glover’s version of Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton’s still unnamed human mercenary, and last but not least, Chewbacca.
Despite the film’s troubled history, which saw directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller replaced by Ron Howard before shooting almost ended, Star Wars fans will find much to appreciate to give them hope, from the strong Western iconography harking back to the films that inspired George Lucas’s original vision, to hints of a strong focus on the hero lurking beneath Solo’s callow exterior.
It all seems quite low-key, until a spectacular glimpse of the shiny, new Millennium Falcon being pursued by a Star Destroyer and TIE fighter squadron in a thunderstorm. Could those be the beldon of Bespin (glimpsed in Star Wars Battlefront II?) Fans won’t have long to find out, as Solo: A Star Wars Story is out May 25.
Lucasfilm have also debuted four pretty pulpy character posters:
— Star Wars (@starwars) February 5, 2018