‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ – Tentacle Monsters Are Back and 9 Other Things We Learned From First Full Teaser Trailer



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Disney really gave “Star Wars” fans a lot to chew over in the past 24 hours, with two separate teasers and a collection of totally rad character posters. We dug through the Super Bowl spot for interesting nuggets here, and now it’s time to take a closer look at this second, longer teaser (click here to watch it if you haven’t).
One important note: This new trailer is not just an extended version of the 45-second Super Bowl spot — while the two videos do have a couple shots in common. This second teaser is largely its own entity. So let’s dig in.
We’ll start with the most important part:

There’s Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian. Though a lot of folks questioned the need for a Han Solo spinoff movie back when it was announced, these shots of Glover in the movie make the whole thing seem worth it.

This shot actually gives us some meaningful insight into the plot of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” — it’s easy to miss the fact that that’s Lando sitting in the Millennium Falcon’s pilot seat in the foreground there. The story goes that the Falcon belonged to Lando before it was Han’s, so it looks like we’re going to get a look at its pre-Han life here.
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This shot of the Millennium Falcon’s central corridor, in pristine white rather than the ruddy yellowish brown that we’re used to, is further evidence that we’re going to see the Falcon in the days when Lando owned it. It’s a fair bet that Lando was much better about upkeep than Han.

I was worried when “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” didn’t have a tentacle monster in it that Disney was moving away from that strange trend (both “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” included bizarrely gratuitous and extraneous scenes featuring tentacle monsters). But here we are, with what looks like the biggest tentacle monster the “Star Wars” franchise has ever seen. Good grief.

This part of the trailer is also illuminating. Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett is assembling a team to do some kind of job, and he wants Han to be a part of it. Methinks this will be the core plot of the movie.
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The Super Bowl spot gave us our first look at an honest-to-god “Star Wars” car chase, and this trailer gives us an even longer look. No clue what the context is, but hopefully it’s a heist or something.

We don’t know anything about who the main bad guy of “Solo” will be, but from what we’ve seen from these teasers, this mysterious helmeted guy is as good a candidate as anybody. (Harrelson also seems like a distinct possibility.)

Here’s an exciting surprise: a look at Thandie Newton as a character named Val For. Her involvement is a mystery.
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There are plenty of shots of Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra in this trailer, but this one is easily the coolest. People are going to be cosplaying this getup forever.

Yes, there will be at least one seemingly important alien aside from Chewbacca in this movie. Good.

It wouldn’t be a “Star Wars” movie without some kind of ridiculously huge explosion. So here you go. I look forward to finding out what in the galaxy was responsible for that.
For more content that’s like this, but about the Super Bowl teaser instead, click here.

In September 2017, Lucasfilm announced it had parted ways with “Star Wars: Episode IX” director Colin Trevorrow just months before the film was set to begin production, and then revealing a week later that JJ Abrams would take his place. But that’s hardly the first shakeup of the modern “Star Wars” era. Here’s all the drama that’s happened since Disney bought Lucasfilm (and the “Star Wars” franchise) in 2012.

All three new numbered “Star Wars” movies (“The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi,” and the untitled Episode IX) were originally announced for May launches before being pushed to December.

Michael Arndt was originally hired to write “The Force Awakens” but was replaced because his draft wasn’t coming along as quickly as the powers that be at Lucasfilm wanted — director JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over screenwriting duties.

Josh Trank, the first director hired for the standalone anthology film that we now know as “Untitled Han Solo Film,” was fired from the project in May 2015 amid reports of drama on the set of his “Fantastic Four” film, with producer Simon Kinberg reportedly calling him “erratic.” Trank later said he left “Star Wars” because he wanted to do “something original.”

Throughout 2016, there were rumors that Lucasfilm was very unhappy with the version of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” that director Gareth Edwards delivered. Reports emerged that execs commissioned extensive reshoots and rewrites overseen by scribe Tony Gilroy.

Right after Rian Johnson was hired to write and direct “Episode VIII,” it was also reported that he would write a story treatment for “Episode IX.” But that never came to be: Johnson tweeted in 2017 that he didn’t write an “Episode IX” treatment.

Colin Trevorrow landed the “Episode IX” directing gig in 2015, and wrote the first script with his writing partner Derek Connolly. But Lucasfilm ultimately nixed their screenplay, and in August, Jack Thorne was reported to have taken over those duties. (Lucasfilm still hasn’t made any official announcement about Thorne.)

Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired to direct “Han Solo” from Lawrence Kasdan’s script, and made it through most of production before being fired in June 2017. Reports credited a conflict with Lucasfilm over their filmmaking style. Ron Howard was then brought in to finish the project.

Michael K. Williams landed a supporting role in the Han Solo movie, but after Ron Howard replaced Lord and Miller, the amount of additional shooting was apparently extensive enough that Williams no longer had time for the film. His character ended up being cut from the film completely.

Colin Trevorrow exited “Episode IX” completely in September 2017. In a statement, Lucasfilm said the split happened because “our visions for the project differ.”

Trevorrow was replaced on “Episode IX” by “The Force Awakens” director JJ Abrams, who Disney also announced would write the screenplay with “Argo” and “Batman V Superman” scribe Chris Terrio.

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From the first ‘The Force Awakens’ script to the departure of “Episode IX” director Colin Trevorrow

In September 2017, Lucasfilm announced it had parted ways with “Star Wars: Episode IX” director Colin Trevorrow just months before the film was set to begin production, and then revealing a week later that JJ Abrams would take his place. But that’s hardly the first shakeup of the modern “Star Wars” era. Here’s all the drama that’s happened since Disney bought Lucasfilm (and the “Star Wars” franchise) in 2012.

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