Ah, the Super Bowl! If there’s one thing a non-American-football-fan can count on, it’s that a major trailer or two will drop at half time during the big event. And this time viewers were munching their chicken wings and chugging their beer along to the trailer for the new latest upcoming Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.
As you can see above, the film shows the early life of the young Han solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich) as he seemingly enrolls in the Imperial flight academy and apparently busts out of it before being recruited for an adventure by Woody Harrelson. Word is we’ll get to see his first encounters with both Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian – the latter of whom is being played by Donald Glover in what looks like a piece of A++ perfect casting.
Though a prequel, it is a standalone movie in a sense; like Rogue One, it’s not considered part of the Star Wars ‘Saga’ per se, despite providing backstory and filling out the history of the world the saga is set in.
Also released is a TV Spot which teases a few more scenes:
The film is directed by Ron Howard who’s mostly know for directing such Oscar Bait movies as A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13. He’s no stranger to genre material though, as he also directed cult 80’s classics Willow and Cocoon. Perhaps he’ll even draw on his time as an actor in Happy Days and give Solo a little of that Fonzie charm.
Will Emilia Clarke’s character be a love interest or, refreshingly, not? Will the adventure mould Han into the scruffy-looking nerf herder we all know and love? Will important bits fall off the Millenium Falcon at a crucial juncture?
We’ll find out on May 25th!