The much anticipated first trailer for the upcoming Star Wars anthology movie “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has been released during the Sunday’s Super Bowl LII, giving eager fans their first look at the new film about the saga’s most famous smuggler, Han Solo.
The upcoming film will be a prequel, and it will center on the backstory of the character. Set years before he joined the Rebel forces in the first Star Wars movie in 1977, the film will chronicle how Solo met his co-pilot Chewbacca, as well as Lando Calrissian, a character who also appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy.
The film is written and directed by acclaimed director Ron Howard, who took over directing duties on the production in June after the film suffered a few setbacks and losing its director twice. Alden Ehrenreich will play the titular character, which was popularized by Harrison Ford in the original trilogy, and more recently, in “The Force Awakens.”
The trailer also offered fans the first look at Donald Glover in his role as the young Calrissian, as well the supporting cast, which includes Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, and Joonas Suotamo.
In the trailer, the young Solo shares how he was running scams on the streets since he was ten years old and who he got “kicked out of flight academy for having a mind of my own.” It also showed the protagonist’s aspiration of being the best pilot in the galaxy.
The release of the trailer marks the very late start of the marketing campaign for the film, which had been marred with its share of production woes. The new trailer would also end speculations that the film will not be able to meet its target release date.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is set to arrive to theaters on May 25.