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Through a series of daring escapades, young Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian.
Part 1: Correlia
The new trailer opens on Han Solo’s home planet of Corellia located in the galaxy's Core Worlds , above, we can see an Imperial Star Destroyer being built in the sky. This harks back to the Super Bowl TV Spot, which showed a young Solo signing up for service in the Empire. This Star Wars story is borrowing heavily from Legends (The Extended Universe Books & Comics), and it looks like Han’s backstory is one of those aspects. In Star Wars legends, Han served in the Imperial Academy before getting kicked out for preventing an officer from beating his later co-pilot, Chewbacca.
Part 2: Enfys Nest and the The Cloud Riders
One of the more enigmatic characters of Solo‘s marketing is Enfys Nest, who is one of the movie’s villains alongside Paul Bettany. It’s recently been revealed Enfys is female and leads a gang called the Cloud-Riders- alongside her crew of pirates/marauders. Both trailers have teased an old Western-style showdown between Enfys and Han- first highlighted in the press release when the film was described as a 'Space-Western'. She will join Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) as one of the few prominent female villains in Star Wars movies. Since fans of the sequel trilogy criticised the use of Captain Phasma as poor, let's hope that Enfys brings substance to the amazing style she already holds. Notice the black fur around her neck? That's not fur, that's her hair- so could we be expecting an African or Asian actor portraying her? Let's hope so!
Part 3: Solo VS Lando
We’ve known for a while 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' will show how Han acquired the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian, which in both the Extended Universe and canonical movies, went down in a game of 'Sabacc'. Here, we see what looks to be the beginnings of the match, with Han buying a seat at the table by going all-in. The cantina like setting is familiar to the Star Wars universe and was recently spotlighted in a Denny’s commercial. Speaking of Denny's, the American food-chain released collectible cards that highlight some of the characters in this scene- see below:
Based on the photos above, we can see that in the cantina is, obviously, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), L3-37 (Portrayed by British actress and comedian Phoebe-Waller-Bridge), Qi'ra (Portrayed by Emilia Clarke), Lando Calrissian (Portrayed by Donald Glover). Also on the left, hidden in the shadows is Argus 'Six Eyes' Panox and Therm Scissorpunch.
Part 4: Putting Together A Crew
From the top, we have Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra. Describing her character, Clarke said "She has a couple of guises, but essentially she is just fighting to stay alive. If you've got a really glamorous lady in a really sordid environment, you kind of know the glamor is hiding a few rough roads." With regard to her character's relationship with Solo, Clarke offered that "They grew up as comrades, essentially. They grew up as pals, as partners in crime. There is obviously the romantic side of things. But they grew up together. So they were kids together."
We then have Woody Harrleson's Tobias Beckett supposedly the Obi Wan Kenobi for Han Solo. He’s looking to hire the young trainee smuggler for the heist that sits at the heart of the movie, but he will apparently first test Han’s skills with a robbery on the train (called the Conveyex) seen later in the trailer.
We also have Thandie Newton as Val. Val is simply described as “blaster-toting” a description that could apply to almost anyone in the Star Wars galaxy. Recently, director Ron Howard was seen attempting to hide an Imperial insignia on the sleeve of her costume, during an on-set video, which could either be a disguise or an indicator she’s a villain in the film.
Finally we have the wonderful Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. You know who he is.
Part 5: A Good Feeling and A Bad Vision.
Above we can see the main villain of the film, Dryden Vos, a crime lord portrayed by none other than Marvel's Paul Bettany (Vision). Michael K. Williams had originally been cast, but he was removed from the final film after being unable to return to set during the film's reshoots. Bettany was thus cast in his place, with the character being reworked from a motion-capture alien to a human. The trailer gives fans their first look at Dryden, who appears to have scars all over his face – perhaps prices paid for working his way up the criminal ladder. Towards the end of the trailer, we see Dryden take out some kind of weapon and attack, so he’ll be getting in on the action- see above.
We also get to see Alden's spin on the famous 'I got a bad feeling about this line' so familiar to the character of Solo, instead saying 'I got a really good feeling about this!'
Part 6: The Falcon and The Wookies
After some gorgeous shots of the Millenium Falcon flying over respective planets, including the hideout for the Marauders connected to Enfys Nest, we get to see what occured in Star Wars Legends, Chewie bidding farewell to another Wookiee, which looks to be his wife- Malla. In the Extended Universe, when Chewie pledged his life debt to Han, he never left Solo’s side, so something similar could be in store for the movie. There appears to be blaster fire happening during this scene, meaning this goodbye comes during a heated moment in the film.
Part 7: Might Want To Buckle Up, Baby.
We finish with some incredibly quick shots of action including an above fight scene with the new 'Mudtroopers' on some planet we are yet to identify and an even more intense moment when Chewie almost falls out of the Conveyex during a training mission to rob it featuring the also new, Range Troopers- who also can't shoot! This is likely to be a bonding point between Solo and Chewie.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theatres May 25th 2018.
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