Late last night, the new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story was unveiled by Lucasfilm and we’re now taking a deep dive into the footage in order to discover all of the biggest reveals and best moments…
Like the teaser which came before it, the new trailer sheds a lot of light on what we should expect from Solo and the big reveals in this one come thick and fast so we’re now breaking them all down.
From the movie’s lead villain to surprises relating to characters like Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian and Qi’ra, you’ll find everything you need to know here as well as all the trailer’s best moments. So, all you guys need to do is click on either one of the buttons below to check out this list in its entirety…
Well, It’s Definitely A Heist Movie
The first few seconds of the trailer make something very clear; at its core, Solo is definitely a heist movie (which is a little strange when Rogue One also was but let’s just roll with it for now). There may be a lot of Western-inspired imagery here but this origin story is clearly a caper and it’s easy to get an Ocean’s Eleven sort of vibe due to the fact the group even appears to have a wealthy target.
Han Vs. Lando
It appears as if Han and Lando’s first meeting will come during a not so friendly game of Sabacc and while there’s been some speculation that this could be the moment Han wins the Millennium Falcon, that seems unlikely given the dialogue from this scene at a later point in the trailer.
Is Han going to get crushed here only to make up for it later by winning Lando’s ship? That’s one possibility but it looks like we’re getting something of a rivalry between these two before friendship blossoms. The only question is, will that happen over the course of this movie or off-screen?
The first teaser for Solo pointed to Han and Qi’ra having a fair bit of history and training together – possibly in the Imperial Academy – during their youth. These two embarking on very different paths in life is pretty much confirmed here as we see them reunited for the first time and whereas Han has seemingly embraced a more rebellious life, Qi’ra may be enjoying the benefits of the Empire.
When Ron Howard came on board this movie after the firing of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, he made a few changes, including scrapping the motion-capture character played by Michael K. Williams. Was it because Disney and Lucasfilm wanted to save money or did he simply have something different in mind for how the movie’s big bad – Dryden Vos – should be portrayed here?
Whatever the answer may be, we get a first look at Paul Bettany’s version of the character here and he’s definitely not the “half mountain lion, half human” mo-cap character Williams recently described in an interview. Instead, the “big shot gangster” is just rocking some nasty looking scars.
Han Gets His Blaster
It’s pretty obvious that this movie will explore a lot of first for Han but could this moment be the one where he first lays hands on his now iconic blaster? Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett takes a good look at the weapon before passing it on to his protege but it’s entirely feasible that he’s just inspecting it and that there might be a different story behind where the smuggler finds his signature gun.
The Galaxy’s Best Smuggler…For Now
Qi’ra calls Lando Calrissian “the best smuggler around” but that’s a title we know Han Solo is gunning for! As with everyone else in this movie playing characters from the original trilogy (not that there’s that many), there’s been a lot of doubt about Donald Glover being able to hold a torch to Billy Dee Williams but he’s doing a great job as the character here and should be a lot of fun to watch.
Han Picks His Side
Tobias Beckett makes it clear that if Han chooses to come with his group, he’ll be “in this life for good.” The character is presumably referring to being a criminal/smuggler, something we know the future Rebel hero embraces. However, it seems as if there will be some conflict within him here.
Taking this path doesn’t appear to be what Han originally wanted and so it will be interesting seeing how this movie both deals with that and what exactly leads to him turning his back on the life he may have envisioned for himself (though it’s possible that his rebellious nature made a life of crime and later battles against the Empire an inevitability). Regardless, this origin story looks like it will flesh out the character in a big way and while some fans deem that unnecessary, it could be great.
The Millennium Falcon
Han looks very pleased with himself as he steps on board the Millennium Falcon for presumably the first time but while there’s no shortage of very cool looking action sequences featuring the iconic ship here, we’re still no closer to how it goes from looking like that to such a hunk of junk!
Played by British actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, it looks like L3-37 has the potential to steal the show in this movie as the droid rattles off numerous one-liners and gets in on the action in a big way here.
The trailer also makes it clear that she’s somehow associated with Lando but seeing as there’s no sign of her in The Empire Strikes Back, we should probably assume she meets her maker in this movie…
There have been rumblings for a while that a large chunk of Solo will revolve around an action scene set on a train and it’s here that we get our best look yet at “The Conveyex.” Whether or not the thing this crew is looking for is actually on there isn’t clear but it seems likely and poor Chewie will seemingly be put in serious peril – which he obviously survives – based on that final scene in the trailer.
Who’s The Traitor?
Beckett tells Han that he should assume everyone will betray him but who will be the traitor on this team? Considering the fact Han and Lando are on relatively good terms when they meet up again in The Empire Strikes Back, we have to assume it’s one of the new characters being introduced.
That leaves us with a lot of different names to choose from but considering the fact none of them pops up in the original trilogy, they’re all either going to die or be shunned by Han by the time the credits roll. As a result, like Rogue One, no one bar a few people should be considered safe.
Love For Chewbacca?
As you may recall (or have probably just blanked out), we met Chewbacca’s wife Mallatobuck in the infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. With Solo set to pay a visit to Kashykk, are we going to see that character make her big screen debut? I think we might and that not only gives the Wookie a much more important role to play here potentially but gives him a more detailed arc.
“I’ve Got A Really Good Feeling About This”
Well, this is an interesting twist on, “I’ve got a really bad feeling about this.” That line has been said in every Star Wars movie but whether or not we’ll hear that as well obviously remains to be seen!
Regardless, this is a fun line and one which will probably backfire on Han and his new friends given the various predicaments it looks like they will all be finding themselves in over the course this movie.
At the time Solo takes place, Chewie is going to be the ripe old age of 190 years old! That’s a pretty sizeable reveal for a trailer but one which opens the door to the character’s past being explored further down the line as he’s been around longer in the Star Wars Universe than both R2-D2 and C-P3O.
Chances are the Sith and Jedi will be sitting out of this one but has the villainous Dryden Vos got his hands on technology which is somehow connected to them? As you can see, he’s wielding some weapons which seem to use lightsaber tech and him having a history with either one of the aforementioned religions might go some way in explaining those scars. We’ll just have to wait and see.