Solo: A Star Wars Story makes its way into theaters at the end of next month, but in the meantime, here's a brand-new trailer of the Ron Howard-directed anthology project. Howard recently teased that the film was basically done by posting pictures of the VFX being touched up at Skywalker Ranch and the opening card of "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away." In addition, he revealed that he was mixing the soundtrack by John Powell yesterday; Powell is handling the majority of the score, while John Williams wrote the main theme. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, or, in this case, the trailer, so take a look at the new preview below and soak in all of its "scoundrel-y" goodness.
The trailer's highlights? The heavy western vibe; a first look at Paul Bettany's scarred gangster Dryden Vos, who is recruiting Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and a ragtag crew for some kind of illicit job; Han getting tossed his iconic blaster; more of Donald Glover's Lando and his droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge); Han caressing the the Falcon for the first time; Chewie (Joonas Suotamo) hugging a mysterious Wookiee; a delightful twist on "I've got a bad feeling about this"; Han finding out Chewbacca is 190 years old and stating that he looks great for his age; and a piece of advice from Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), Han's criminal mentor: "Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed." Guess we now know where Han's fear of emotional attachment and overall skepticism came from; it's also a nice foreshadowing of Lando's double-cross in Empire.
This is only the second full trailer for the film, which co-stars Emilia Clark (Game of Thrones) as Han's mysterious friend Qi'ra and Thandie Newton (Westworld) as Val, presumably a member of the assembled outlaw gang.
The official Star Wars and Disney accounts on Twitter teased the new trailer yesterday with a short video of the Millennium Falcon powering up its jets and flying through that mysterious maze of space tentacles (Cthulhu?) we saw in the first trailer.
Despite the trouble behind the scenes of the film's production and the fear that Solo would be delayed until winter or later, Lucasfilm finally began working hard to promote the feature since the Super Bowl. Deals with SOLO Cups (obviously) and Denny's have already been struck, while a whole slew of comics, novels, and other supplemental reads will be published before and after the movie's public release. If you're curious how Lando took care of the Falcon, you're in luck, because there will be a book for that.
Here's the new character-filled poster as well:
Solo: A Star Wars Story races into theaters this Memorial Day Weekend on May 25. Before its public release, however, the film will actually be screened at the Cannes film festival. Based on a nifty chronological timeline from February, Solo's plot is set at least 10 years or more before the events of A New Hope.