Making an appearance at the Super Bowl is certainly one good way to get plenty of attention and buzz from after the fact. It’s understandable therefore, that major film studios like Disney decided to showcase their latest movie trailers during the commercial breaks for Super Bowl LII Sunday this week.
Well, I wouldn’t exactly call what they put up for Solo: A Star Wars Story an actual trailer. It was just a tease for the actual preview that would be shown on the following day. But the teaser, the first for Solo, has done its job to pique viewers’ interest.
We got a look at the follow-up trailer for the latest Star Wars Story this Monday, and it does a good job of expounding on the little plot and background-building done in the Super Bowl LII spot. We get a few lines from Han (Aldren Ehrenreich) narrating his past circumstances.
According to his voiceover musings, Han has been a scoundrel running scams since childhood, age 10. His desire to be the best pilot in the Galaxy led him to enlist in the Galactic Empire military, only to be kicked out for, in his words, “having a mind of his own”.
From there, the future smuggler wades deep into the Galactic underworld, gaining his lifelong partner Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and joining a caper by mastermind Beckett (Woody Harrelson). He also has an encounter with the mysterious Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) who owns the then-new spaceship Millennium Falcon.
The rest of this trailer is again made up of action pieces, like Han and Qi’Ra engaging in a speeder chase reminiscent of Blade Runner, and a space-bound version with the Falcon fleeing a Star Destroyer and its TIE Fighters. Then they run into giant tentacles of some eldritch creature.
Han’s line during that particular scene – “I thought we were in trouble there for a second, but it’s fine. We’re fine.” – comes off as yet another cheeky reference to the troubled production of Solo and the sheer delay of releasing its promotional material. Perhaps future trailers will continue that.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, initially directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller with Ron Howard finishing up, is due to premiere on May 25, going into Memorial Day week.