Disney has released a new trailer for its upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, giving us our best look yet at the next standalone installment of the Star Wars franchise.
The trailer gives us our best look at what the film is about. The trailer opens with Qi’Ra (played by Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke) asking Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) if he’s after revenge, money, or something else. Before long, Han is recruited for a job: telling Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett, that he’s a driver and that he’s waited a long time for “a shot like this.” The film certainly has the feel of a heist story: we see Han, Qi’Ra and Tobias recruit a very suave Lando Calrissian (“Everything you’ve heard about me is true.”), while Beckett tells Han that once he joins, he’s part of this life forever. There’s also plenty of high flying action as the team trades shots with Imperial troopers and fend off TIE Fighters in the Millennium Falcon.
Solo is like 2016’s Rogue One: it’s a film that is disconnected from the larger “saga” films like The Phantom Menace, A New Hope, and The Force Awakens, telling a self-contained story within the larger world that’s already been established. Unlike Rogue One, which featured a cast of brand new characters, Solo is all about one of the franchise’s most iconic figures: a young Han Solo and how he became the character we first saw in Mos Eisley Cantina.
Accordingly, the film has a high bar to cross with fans, who might not really be sold on the idea of a Han Solo origin story. That’s compounded by the film’s production problems, which included its original directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord getting fired midway through filming, with their replacement, Ron Howard, conducting extensive reshoots.