The Trailer for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Looks Surprisingly Good

The verdict's still out on Alden Ehrenreich's acting abilities, though.

by VICE Staff
Feb 5 2018, 3:25pm

The premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story may be less than four months away, but information about the movie has been troublingly sparse. We haven't had anything to judge the movie by except for some director troubles, rumors, and a vague plot synopsis. But on Sunday night, Disney debuted a short teaser for Solo during the Super Bowl and quickly followed it up Monday morning with an honest-to-God trailer—and the thing was worth the wait.

Sunday's 40-second teaser was short, hopping through a few disconnected action scenes and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian in a glorious fur coat before ending with a quick shot of Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo looking furtively through the shadows of space Venetian blinds like he's Tracer Bullet. But Monday's two-minute trailer, which premiered on Good Morning America, gives us our first in-depth look at Solo.

There are plenty of old Star Wars standbys, like Chewie, the Millennium Falcon, and Lando, but the trailer also introduces some of Solo's new characters, like Emilia Clarke's Qi'Ra and Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson, who convinces Han to join his crew. But the most interesting piece of the trailer isn't the cast—it's the tone of the thing. Solo looks like nothing we've seen from a Star Wars movie yet. It might actually look... kind of good?

There's none of The Force Awakens candy-colored action or the flat, gritty feel of Rogue One. This Solo footage is like stylized space noir, sharing more in common with Ridley Scott's original Blade Runner than anything from the Star Wars franchise. It's unclear how much of these aesthetic choices were initially decided by the film's original directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, or how much new director Ron Howard tweaked things, but ultimately, we can probably thank the film's DP—Bradford Young, the cinematography wizard who shot Arrival—for the success of its look.

The verdict is still out on Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo, though. Harrison Ford would be a tough act to follow for any actor, and Ehrenreich was rumored to have needed acting lessons to get through Solo production. Ehrenreich doesn't get much screen time in either the teaser or the trailer, which is a little odd, seeing as how he's the titular character and all. What bits we do get of Ehrenreich are mostly in voiceover or for a quick punchline, so it's hard to judge his acting chops.

We'll have to wait until Solo's Memorial Day release to see if Ehrenreich can pull it off or if Solo will be the bomb Disney is rumored to be gearing up for it to be. In any case, at least it'll be a well-shot bomb. Give the Solo teaser and full trailer a watch above.

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