Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters May 25th, but fans are only now getting a look at the standalone Star Wars movie. Set before the events of Rogue One and A New Hope, Solo follows young Han Solos' evolution from flight academy reject and small-time crook to infamous smuggler. Below, you can check out the TV spot that aired during the Super Bowl, as well as the first full trailer, which dropped this morning.
And check out the full trailer below:
Solo stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as Han Solo; Donald Glover (Community) as Lando Calrissian; Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Qi’ra—a human who appears to know Solo from their youth on Corellia; and Woody Harrelson (True Detective) as the mysterious Beckett, a ringleader who is seen in the trailer recruiting Han and Chewie for an unspecified mission. Thandie Newton (Westworld) is also set to star, although little is known yet about her character, who is only shown briefly in the trailer. Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays Qi'ra's droid.
Production on Solo: A Star Wars Story has been marked by upheaval. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who have a track record of transforming dubious-sounding projects like The LEGO Movie into hits, infamously dropped out over "creative differences" despite having only three weeks left of filming. In their absence, Ron Howard stepped in to direct. The movie is now about three-and-a-half months away, and it's a little disconcerting that Disney waited to so long to release a trailer for such a big title—for context, the trailer for the first Star Wars anthology film Rogue One dropped eight months before that movie's December release.
Even without the creative changes on set, Solo: A Star Wars Story had the difficult task of telling a story much of the audience already knows. Sure, we may not be familiar with all the particulars (at least now that much of the Expanded Universe is no longer canon) of how Han and Chewie met, or how Han made his legendary Kessel Run, but we know the ultimate outcome of each arc already, just as we know the ultimate evolution of Han's character. Not only does Solo seem to be telling a story that many Star Wars fans are already familiar with, it also asks the audience to remember that Han Solo and Harrison Ford are not synonymous. Given that Harrison Ford's take on the character is seen by many as definitive, that seems like quite the tall order. It's totally possible that Alden Ehrenreich will win fans over with his take on the character, but many fans are understandably hesitant.
What do you think? Will you be lining up to see Solo when it hits theaters this Memorial Day?