The next Star Wars anthology movie released its long-awaited teaser.
Alden Ehrenreich claims the spotlight for this second (the first one is more of a first look) Solo teaser, which is heavy on impression and thin on plot details.
The first seconds reveal Han's upbringing, though his time at the Academy might be just a prologue, or even told in brief flashbacks, in the movie. The scenes offer a look inside the Academy as a young Han (his face unseen) enrolls for pilot courses. He gets expelled because of, you guess it, his charming cockiness.
He also met Qi'Ra (Emilia Clark) in his younger days, which is evident in the ground-level chase scene (the gold dice already with him before he boards the Falcon).
The plot centers on a heist plan by Han's mentor Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) as Beckett recruits a team of outlaws: Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), Val (Thandie Newton), and a four-arm monkey pilot. This scheme leads to the famous Kessel Run, during which another Star Wars tentacle creature appears.
The footage boast impressive wardrobe and make-up with Clarke in a red-and-black cape (in the style of the Empire officers), Lando in a dark fur coat, and Newton rocking an Afro hairstyle.
There's also a female droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), supposedly Qi'Ra's assistant, while Paul Bettany's droid isn't revealed yet.
A bounty hunter in gray mask and armor is shown in front of Han in a Western-like gunfight.
The Millenium Falcon looks brand-new, with a white-and-blue appearance and shiny, sterile interiors. The design, however, receives a few tweaks, igniting discussions about the changes made during the 10 years between Solo and A New Hope.
Jabba the Hutt and Boba Fett are missing, probably concealed for the final trailer, or even the actual film. Fett is an overreach, but Jabba has a irrefutable reputation in the smuggler business. However, the movie could use another Hutt, as the most powerful Hutt isn't Jabba but his father, Zorba.
There are a few quirks seen in Ehrenreich that don't click, but this is character development, which means Solo Han wasn't yet A New Hope Han. What's the point of making an origin story if the titular character went to fans' comfort zone from exactly fans' comfort zone?
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