7 Things the ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer Taught Us
By Ash Crossan
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Solo: A Star Wars Story is a mere three and a half months away, and fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief that this movie actually exists and is definitely not delayed (as some speculated). The first official trailer dropped Monday morning, giving us a peek at young Han Solo’s (Alden Ehrenreich) early encounters with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) -- and quite a few new faces, fashions and a Millennium Falcon of yesteryear.
There's a lot to unpack here, so we thought we'd break down everything you need to know to get ready to kick it with Lando, Chewy and of course Han.
Here are a few things we learned from the trailer.
Qi’ra Is Her Name, Regal Is Her Game
Between Game of Thrones and Star Wars, Emilia Clarke is really going to sweep the cosplay department this year. Her character, Qi’ra (pronounced ‘Kira’), seems to have a major role in Han Solo’s backstory, plus a Padme-level of swoonworthy looks throughout the film.
Woody Harrelson Is Bringing the Gang Together
Woody Harrelson’s Beckett is giving off some Galen Erso in Rogue One vibes (at least in the costume department). We don’t know much about him yet, other than the fact he’s assembling a ‘crew’ for some reason. (He’s reportedly a mentor-character for Han.) The trailer then flashes through a montage of apparent ‘crew members’ including Lando, Han and Chewie, to name a few.
Our First Look at Thandie Newton!
...At least in the Star Wars universe. We don’t yet know her character’s name, but the Westworld actress is looking as badass as ever, sporting a fur-collared coat and a hefty-looking weapon.
SHE Seems Like a Pretty Cool Droid
Lando and his droid-buddy are already giving Rogue One’s K-2SO and Cassian Andor a run for their money with these hand signals (oh, please don’t break our hearts like Kaytoo. Please, please, please). According to EW, actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the actress embodying this feminine-programmed droid, named L3-37.
Young Lando Calrissian Is #FashionGoals
Lando Calrissian was, of course, sharp AF in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi -- but Donald Glover’s portrayal is somehow next level. Every frame of Lando we’ve seen so far is full of pristine, colorful, crisp wardrobe choices.
Han Solo… Completely Ruins Everything About the Millennium Falcon?
OK. "What a piece of junk” was NOT an exaggeration. We get our first look at a young Millennium Falcon and, like Lando, it is pristine and crisp and WHAT THE HELL DOES HAN SOLO DO TO THIS THING?
No, really. What could have been so bad that it turned the walls completely brown? Why is there an entire extension missing? Is the Kessel Run actually code name for an insane space kegger? Predicting Lando’s reaction will be something like this:
Did the Han Solo Trailer Call Out the Director Shakeup?
At the end of the trailer, Han quips, “Thought we were in trouble for a second, but it’s fine. We’re fine.” Of course, this is a reference to Han’s disheveled intercom response on the Death Star in Episode IV, “Everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?”
It’s a callback a lot of viewers were quick to point out could be a double reference, nodding to Ron Howard stepping in to replace Phil Lord and Chris Miller as director, plus rumors the movie would be bumped to December.
Han may or may not be making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25. For more thoughts on the trailer, check out the breakdown video below: