The first Solo: A Star Wars Story Super Bowl trailer speaks to the scruffy-looking nerf herders in all of us

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Feb 4, 2018, 6:50 PM EST

All right, the first teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story is finally here, but don't get cocky, kid. Co-written by Star Wars veteran screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan with his son Jon Kasdan, the movie has been described as "gangster/caper" story that will focus on the galaxy's most notorious smuggler, Han Solo, when he was a young man.

We'll get to see who he was before he met Luke and joined up with the Rebellion against the Empire — not to mention learn how he came into possession of the Millennium Falcon, made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, met Lando, teamed up with a young Wookiee named Chewbacca, and pissed off a slug of a mobster known as Jabba the Hutt.

The first teaser dropped during the Super Bowl after months of us wondering if the project might be pushed to December, given its troubled production this past summer.

This first trailer gives us a tantalizing look at every major character, although a full trailer is dropping during tomorrow's Good Morning America, according to Disney's official Twitter.

The film stars Hail, Caesar!'s Alden Ehrenreich as Han; The Hunger Games' Woody Harrelson as Beckett, Han's law-breaking mentor; Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke as Kira; Atlanta's Donald Glover as Lando; and The Last Jedi's Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Then there's Paul Bettany and Thandie Newton, whose roles remain shrouded in mystery.

The real question here is whether 11th-hour director Ron Howard has successfully smoothed over all the production troubles. Han's spinoff prequel was thrown into turmoil over the summer when original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) were fired from the project after clashing creatively with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Reportedly, their highly improvisational directing style wasn't what Lucasfilm was looking for, and they got the boot more than four months after production had already begun in England. 

Many wondered how the movie would be finished in time, but Kennedy quelled fears by hiring veteran director Howard (Apollo 13A Beautiful Mind). The Academy Award-winning filmmaker seemed the obvious choice if you considered his shared history with Star Wars creator George Lucas. Before A New Hope changed the game in 1977, Howard, Lucas, and Harrison Ford teamed up for the coming-of-age dramedy American Graffiti in 1973. It would go on to influence the show Happy Days, where Howard would have a starring role as Richie Cunnginham from 1974 to 1984. 

Since being hired, Howard has dropped vague hints about the movie via images on Twitter that range from pictures of the cast to out-of-focus camera frames to snapshots of a vehicle's cockpit. He revealed Solo's title in mid-October when production wrapped and said he was in the middle of editing when posting about The Last Jedi at the tail end of December.

Rumors have swirled about just how much of the movie Howard had to reshoot, but Bettany said the director certainly redid "more than was originally intended." Bettany took over the role from Michael Kenneth Williams, who was not available for reshoots after Lord and Miller left. 

John Powell (Face/Off, Evolution, and Robots) will score the movie's music, while John Williams will write the main theme.

Solo: A Star Wars Story will make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs on May 25, 2018.