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The first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story is here


We've been waiting months to say this, but the first trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story has arrived. (This follows an earlier tease during the Super Bowl on Sunday.)

Directed by Ron Howard, Solo takes us back to the youthful days of the Millennium Falcon smuggler (played by Alden Ehrenreich) and his buddy Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Check it out right here.

What did you make of that? While you pencil the release date of 25th May in your diaries, we've picked out five highlights from the trailer.

1. Han's destiny

As played by Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars trilogy and The Force Awakens, the rogueish Han Solo was never one to give away his background. (Barring one thing – more on that in a sec.) 

Howard's film looks set to fill in the gaps, as glimpsed in the trailer's opening montage (accompanied by narration from Ehrenreich). We find out that Solo has had a rebellious side to him since the age of 10 and that he was kicked out of the flight academy for "having a mind of my own". Nevertheless, it's that lovely low angle shot of the Millennium Falcon that reinforces what his true destiny is. And he doesn't just want to become any pilot, but "the best in the galaxy". Of course, we know how that turns out...

2. Solo isn't flying solo

Han is famous for playing by his own rules, but there was at one point an important mentor figure in his life. Step forward Tobias Beckett (Three Billboards Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson) who announces he's "putting together a crew". It isn't clear what mission this is, but clearly these are the experiences that turned Solo into possibly the most famous smuggler in the galaxy.

3. The Kessel run?

Is Beckett referring to the challenge that earned Han Solo his infamy? It was the route used by smugglers to ship spices across the galaxy (which Solo completed in 12, not 14, parsecs), so maybe Howard is about to put an action-oriented spin on this key bit of Star Wars lore?

Howard has already teased that the movie will include the Kessel run as part of the storyline, so watch this space.

4. Young Lando

Donald Glover's charisma is already much in evidence in TV series Atlanta, not to mention his appearance in Girls and his (now sadly ended) career as musician Childish Gambino.

Could he be about to steal the show? With just one smart-alec smile, he seems to have nailed the physical mannerisms of original Lando actor Billy Dee Williams, although the full-length trailer will no doubt reveal more.

5. Crew montage

In rapid succession we get quick-fire glimpses of Emilia Clarke as Qi'Ra, plus the currently nameless characters played by Crash's Thandie Newton and Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge (the latter in motion capture form as a droid at the controls of the Falcon). Although we've yet to become aquainted with these new faces, that's quite the impressive cast, ranging from a Game of Thrones favourite to an Oscar nominee and a BBC3 comedy star.

Even so, it's the presence of a younger Chewie (played by returning Last Jedi actor Joonas Suotamo) who steals the show with his signature roar. It's a heartwarming reminder that the movie will also take us back to the origins of one of the most enduring friendships in Star Wars.

6. Solo gets cocky

It remains to be seen whether Ehrenreich will nail Harrison Ford's particular mannerisms – it's all in the drawling tone and characteristic lopsided smile. Nevertheless, Solo's casual boast about outmaneuvering a group of TIE fighters in the midst of what looks like a massive intergalactic storm is pure nostalgia. If we get more moments like that, Ehrenreich is surely set to win us over.

What did you think of the trailer? Drop a tweet @Cineworld and using #HanSoloReactions.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is released on 25th May.