As anticipated, Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled a brief promo of Solo: A Star Wars Story during the Super Bowl, ahead of Monday morning’s trailer premiere, providing the first official look at the Han Solo origin film. We got a quick peek of most of the main cast, including Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, Woody Harrelson as Beckett and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, as well a droid that’s most likely Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s motion-capture character. However, the teaser’s breakout star may be the iconic Millennium Falcon, making its screen debut in its original form.
This TV spot opens with Han flipping switches on a cockpit control panel that looks slightly different from what what we’re accustomed to from previous Star Wars films. That’s because Solo is, of course, takes place before the events of 1977’s A New Hope, and before any modifications were made to the YT-1300F Corellian light freighter.
Further, at the 20-second mark, the camera tours the spotless interior of the vessel, which has more traditionally been depicted as a color more closely resembling a nicotine stain. So, we thinks it’s safe to assume the legendary Corellian freighter will have only recently rolled off the assembly line when it debuts in the movie.
Finally, just before the promo concludes, we glimpse the Millennium Falcon in flight, from the side and from behind. The cockpit remains, but even from that angle, we get a sense that there’s something different about the exterior, beyond the blue paint. As the recently leaked Kessel Run Millennium Falcon LEGO set confirmed, the ship’s signature front-facing mandibles are missing, as those are later additions.
As the official StarWars.com entry on the Millennium Falcon explains, “A succession of owners, from Lando Calrissian and Han Solo to Gannis Ducain, have made special modifications that boosted the freighter’s speed, shielding and firepower to impressive – and downright illegal – levels. The price of such tinkering? The Falcon can be unpredictable, with her hyperdrive particularly balky.”
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany and Woody Harrelson. The teaser trailer will make its debut Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America. The film arrives May 25.
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