Full 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Trailer Shows Off Even More Young Lando and Chewbacca

Monday, 09 April 2018 - 8:08PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Han Solo
Monday, 09 April 2018 - 8:08PM
Full 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Trailer Shows Off Even More Young Lando and Chewbacca
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Solo: A Star Wars Story has had a messier history than other Star Wars movies (which is quite an accomplishment) but it's finally coming out next month, and it does look mostly finished by now.

The new official Solo trailer doesn't reveal too much more about the story, but there is a lot of new material: new dialogue from suave young smuggler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and his droid, a young-ish Chewbacca and at least one special Wookiee friend of his, and plenty of flashy visuals hinting at the shady job undertaken by young Han Solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich, likely chosen for his personality and not a resemblance to Harrison Ford).

See the whole trailer below:



While the plot (so far) seems like little more than a cookie-cutter heist movie set in the Star Wars universe, it does look nice visually. There are plenty of new Stormtrooper designs, one of which seems to involve magnetic boots for walking on the outside of a sci-fi train; so even if that train scene ends up being a cookie-cutter train robbery, and it very well might, it should be suitably imaginative enough to make for a popcorn-intensive scene.

The movie's original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie), were kicked off the project by Disney for allegedly going off script too much in their humor, but the humor does still seem to be intact with new director Ron Howard's version of the film. Howard's directed comedy films before, and he also voiced the narrator on Arrested Development. And that must count for something. 

Whether or not the humor actually lands will depend on the viewer, as the biggest gags in the trailer revolve around Chewie's rather advanced age (he's 190 and still looking great) or a naive Han Solo inverting the saga's famous catchphrase, "I've got a bad feeling about this," by cheerfully saying otherwise. Apparently part of this origin story will be souring his optimism until he's as cynical as the Original Trilogy showed him to be. 

It's not a bad joke, but after the divisive response to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and how it subverted some typical Star Wars conventions - Disney didn't learn from Iron Man 3 that a lot of genre fans don't like being surprised by twists on classic formulas - it seems odd and possibly risky that they're going and changing a running joke featured in nearly every movie in the saga (except, of course, The Last Jedi).

Solo: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to come out May 25, 2018.
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