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We all got our first real taste of what Solo: A Star Wars Story is shaping up to be, and it was a tasty little morsel indeed.
But what did we learn from the minute-long tease of Ron Howard’s shot at replicating the success of the franchise’s first spin-off, Rogue One?
Donald Glover’s Lando is as suave as Carl Weathers ever was
Obviously the focus of the film is its titular handsome devil, but let’s address Mr. Glover and his appearance in the trailer first (just as the teaser itself does).
He’s billed as one of the galaxy’s biggest rogues by non-other than Han in The Empire Strikes Back, and Carl Weathers played up to that introduction in a legendary manner.
And while Donald Glover (the man soon to be no longer known as Childish Gambino) doesn’t say a single word in his dramatic reveal, he certainly looks the part.
Just like his future self, Solo’s Lando knows how to dress, and already has that on-point facial hair down to a tee.
Wearing a dark fur cape and cutting a brooding figure as light flickers across him, our first taste of Lando is a little more serious than we’re used to (John Snow vibes anyone?).
But then again it wouldn’t be the first time he played that joke on us all. Remember Han’s first few moments on the landing pad at Bespin?
Han’s background looks set to explore an Imperial past
The Han Solo backstory in the non-canon Star Wars Legends explains that the smuggler originally joined the Imperial Navy before deserting and becoming the man we all love and know, and it looks like things could play out similarly in Solo.
We get our first glimpse of Han as he sits down in what looks to be a major recruitment centre for the Empire.
Asked by an officer which career path he’d like to choose, we hear Solo’s legendary bravado come to the fore as he says: ‘I’m going to be a pilot. The best in the galaxy.’
So far, so very Han.
At one point the Millennium Falcon actually looked in good nick
It’s a long-running joke that the Falcon looks a state, and is at the best of times a tempestuous mistress, but it looks as though we’re finally going to see the ship that stole Han’s heart in all its glory.
We catch glimpses of the exterior once or twice across the teaser, but it’s the long camera crawl through the oh-so familiar interior that really give you a taste of what we can expect to see.
Crisp white leather panels and a gleaming, shiny black floor show a hint of what the ship looked like before Han and Chewie got their mitts on it.
It’s also worth noting that we see the silhouette of our enigmatic hero sizing up the ship, as its iconic cockpit towers over him.
Podcars are a thing, but thankfully there’s not a Podracer (or Sebulba in sight)
Han’s always boasted about his skills as a pilot, but it looks as though we get to see him proving his metal in some high-speed stakes on the ground.
Bursting onto the screen at high speed we see a boxy vehicle (which looks a little like Luke’s old Landspeeder) being piloted by someone… who we presume is Han.
Star Destroyer’s haven’t looked this imposing since we first saw the opening sequence of A New Hope
The Imperial flagships are one of the most recognizable and iconic ships in both the Star Wars Saga and the Star Wars Stories/Spin-offs.
Ron Howard looks set to have brought them back to their most menacing in his film, thanks to one particular shot which sees one flying through a tunnel of vapour.
Haloed by a ring of white light, the massive craft looks truly terrifying.
There’s another new TIE fighter
The current roll of both modern Star Wars films have all introduced new TIE concepts, whether its Kylo’s TIE Silencer or Rogue One’s TIE striker.
SOLO looks set to do the same, as alongside the familiar shapes of TIE fighters a new TIE leaps into focus. Extending the hull of the craft, the new ship doesn’t have a secondary cockpit , but it does have what appears to be a similar shape to the TIE bomber.
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It could be a prototype for the bomber, or a ship which has specific features that have to do with the environment the Star Destroyer is traversing.
Han and Chewie’s friendship is everything still
Just at the end of the teaser after we see Alden Ehrenreich’s face for the first time, the trailer ends with a shot of Chewbacca and Han stood facing an ocean.
Chewie puts an arm around the young Solo and growls.
It gives you all the feels.
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