What we learned from the Solo: A Star Wars Story teaser trailers



If you weren’t excited for Solo: A Star Wars Story before, you certainly are now.

First, we got a taste during the Super Bowl, with a second serving during Good Morning America.  Now we’ve got to wait until May to eat it all up. A film many chalked up as Disney’s first fail with the Star Wars franchise, might be the palate cleanser we all need to move beyond The Last Jedi.

What we can expect from the film’s aesthetics.

After watching and rewatching the trailers here are a few things that stood out to me about Solo. The aesthetic will give off a 1920s vibe. A time defined by prohibition and the Harlem Renaissance along with the birth of the Jazz Age. A time that was both dark and gritty, but had a bit of extravagance to it — a feel that fits two of our main characters exceptionally well. Han Solo and Lando Calrissian fit that time-period perfectly

The lost love.

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The trailer gives off the impression that Emilia Clarke’s Qi’Ra has known Han Solo for quite some time. Perhaps since they were kids, and he was busy racing speeders around. It’s their relationship that provides the most intrigue in this film.  It also seems like it’s this relationship that drives the film forward.

The Mentor.

Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett certainly feels like Han’s Mentor. A mentor who passes on the torch to his younger and more gifted protege. Still, the torch will not be passed before a double cross that will certainly have our hero looking out for only himself and Chewie. This would undoubtedly provide Han with his core philosophy, looking out for number one. A theory that is challenged and unraveled in the Original Trilogy.

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The rival.

Lando will undoubtedly round out this crew as Solo’s friendly rival. They’ll certainly start the film not seeing eye to eye, but will strike an unlikely Friendship as it seems Han has the piloting skills to match with Lando’s swagger. And although the film will most likely end with Han winning the Falcon from Lando, it will also end with mutual respect between the characters.

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The lifetime wingman.

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Lastly, we know that Han Solo will at some point join and be removed from the Imperial Navy/Academy. And this most likely happens when Han Solo saves Chewbacca from mistreatment and slavery at the hands of the empire. It will be that start of a beautiful friendship. And it will give us the origin story of the Galaxy most enduring friendship.

The Kessel Run will play a part in the film. And it is most likely the event Tobias Beckett has assembled for. Han’s troubled youth will come to a head when he joins Tobias for the Kessel Run. There he’ll meat Lando, reunite with Qi’Ra, and finally become the best pilot in the galaxy.

It all speaks to the moments before the Empire began tightening its grasp on the galaxy. Similar to the calm before the storm that was World War II, Solo will bring to the moments before the start of the Galactic Civil War.

Next: A closer look at the Solo Super Bowl trailer

Solo: A Star Wars Story premieres May 25, worldwide.