The world of smugglers have a lot of surprises for Han Solo and us.
Before the new trailer, Solo's promotional material sets the bar so low that when Disney and Lucasfilms order a trailer this good, most fans become less skeptical about this movie. Thanks to director Ron Howard's effort, Solo is still due on May 25 despite the production debacle and sluggish marketing.
The latest trailer also gives a lot of juicy material about the plot for fans to inspect and theorize.
The setting: It seems Han (Alden Ehrenreich) fails to obtain a job in the Imperial Army despite his skills as a driver and a flyer, so the smuggling job is what he resorts to.
Solo will hyper-jump between Corellia, Kessel, and Mimban, among others. The shot on Han's home planet Corellia shows an Imperial Star Destroyer being built in the atmosphere.
The job: Some cool shots of Beckett in action indicate that the first job involves with a cargo protected by Imperial troopers. The team is hired by the scarred-face gangster Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), leading to the scenes on the Conveyex train. His role might be to provide another hostile force after Han's team.
The trailer saves two more shots for him where Vos is angry, using a knuckle-blade to slice through an object (could it be an android?), possibly when he thinks Han's team double-crosses him. Bettany stepped in to replace Michale K. Williams when he couldn't join the reshoot.
A montage where Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) shoots a blaster, Qi'ra (Emilia Clark) throws a grenade, Chewie smacks a trooper, and Val (Thandie Newton) shoots a grappling hook could take place in the movie's third act where all parties converge onto the Falcon. Han and his "teammates" must defend themselves, and it's possible that not all of them get out alive.
The group: I'm excited to see the character dynamic between Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and Han. Beckett takes the role of a mentor, and even a father figure to our protagonist. He warns Han about many drawbacks of this profession and even advises Han to be cautious because anyone could be betray anyone.
It'd be a good twist if Beckett turned out a traitor in the end. However, we have a more viable candidate for the group's traitor in Qi'ra.
Qi'ra is the one who initially arranges the jobs for Han and Beckett. She was Han's old acquaintance from their youthful days, as seen in the previous trailer. In this reunion after several years in Dryden Vos' fancy bar, Qi'ra flirts with Han about his being "rough around the edge." There's potential for a romantic subplot here, even if it might set up more betrayal later. In a shot, she's seen wearing a red-and-black outfit similar to those of Imperial officers.
The villains: Enfys Nest and her gang of Cloud-Riders are confirmed minor villains, and information about her until now suggests the same. We don't know the true villain yet, even though we lean on Qi'ra and Vos.
Lando Calrissian and the Millennium Falcon:
Both trailers feature the shot where Han and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) stand under their home-to-be, the Millennium Falcon. They look up in revel and admiration for such a cool ship. The extra part at the front that fans complain about is explained as an escape pod or a storage unit.
Initially, Han's job needs a spaceship capable of making the Kessel Run--a high-stake, hyper-speed route used by smugglers, and Lando owns one of such ships. Han visits Lando to negotiate their partnership and possibly wins the Millennium Falcon from him in a sabacc game. Around them is a variety of creatures--mostly scum of the galaxy--and the setting looks like Solo's own catina.
Lando gets more love in this trailer, and Glover captures all of the suavity and swagger that we love from Billy Dee Williams. Qi'ra, who brings the team together, calls Lando "the best smuggler around," and that certainly doesn't sit well with Han, who is eager to prove himself.
We also expect a fleshed-out relationship between Lando and his droid L3-37 (mo-capped and voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Like the sassy K2-SO, L3-37 is primed to be a new fan-favorite.
Han and Chewie: On the Kessel run, Chewie earns his place as Han's co-pilot when he pushes for a hyper-space jump while TIE fighters were chasing them and another Star Wars tentacle monster threatens to eat them alive.
The beloved Wookie warrior also gets a backstory, with a relative and his age at Solo's time being 190. In the last shot, he is stuck in a grave danger, but obviously his being alive later takes away the suspense.
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