Now that the The Last Jedi hype machine has finally died down, fans can finally look ahead to the next big entry in the franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story. And now, thanks to an action-packed new trailer, audiences have every right to look forward to the young Han Solo film. The trailer offers the best look yet at a pristine Millennium Falcon, as well as a preview of Han and Lando's first meeting. But, most surprisingly, it hints at just how big of a presence Chewbacca will have.
Not only that, we also learn the age of Han's partner in crime. In fact, thanks to a quick exchange in this new trailer, we now know that, at the time of this adventure, the Wookiee roars loudly at a mighty 190 years old.
The revelation comes in a brief exchange between the two friends, when Chewie demonstrates he knows a little something about piloting. "Since when do you know how to fly?" Alden Ehrenreich's pitch-perfect Han Solo asks, to which Chewie answers with his trademark grunts and howls. "A 190 years old?" an incredulous Han translate. "You look great!"
That revelation might no be big in the grand scheme of things, but it does come as a fun new wrinkle and detail to one of the franchise's most enduring characters. Chewbacca has been a part of the Star Wars universe since the 1977 original, and he quickly became a fan favorite. His return in The Force Awakens was just as much a crowd-pleasing moment as Harrison Ford's; the Wookiee even managed to outlive his pal. Longtime fans of the character may have known about his age through the Expanded Universe/Legends materials, but this is the first canonical mention of Chewie's age.
What's even more fascinating is that Chewie was 190 years old back in the days of Solo: A Star Wars Story. With Chewie still alive and kicking in The Last Jedi and going into the untitled Star Wars: Episode IX, it's easy to guesstimate he's somewhere around 230.
Chewbacca appears to be just as important a character in Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story, and that's exactly as it should be. As much as Solo will serve as an origin story for everyone's favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder, it will also show us the beginnings of a friendship so legendary, it spanned decades.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Storystars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film opens May 25.