Oh, sure, American Idol, way to guarantee that everyone tuned in.
The latest (and probably last) new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story blazed across TV sets Sunday night, a day after teasing the Han Solo origin story with a brief clip of the Millennium Falcon swooping through the tentacled chaos of a space monster.
The fresh footage has plenty of loyal co-pilot Chewbacca, who is seen hanging precariously from the ship by his fur, and, as Han (Alden Ehrenreich) jokes, "looks great" for 190 years old. But also a whole lot of scene-stealing Donald Glover as notorious smuggler Lando Calrissian. "You might want to buckle up, baby," says Glover, just as smoothly as Billy Dee Williams, who played the role back in the day.
The plot is also coming into focus a little more now: Han is recruited by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) for a mission involving an important gangster (Paul Bettany), and along for the ride are Lando, Chewie, the mysterious Val (Thandie Newton) and Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), a woman with whom it seems like Han's got some history. And speaking of the past, the new trailer offers some fun callbacks to the original Star Wars trilogy: "I've got a really good feeling about this," Han notes while flying, the opposite of the famous line uttered by older Solo (Harrison Ford).
Disney and Lucasfilm surprised fans last week by announcing that the movie would get a prestigious premiere out of competition at Cannes Film Festival (May 8-19) in France, the fest’s first Star Wars unveiling since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith prequel. We can’t wait to see what Glover, who wore a slim white tux with velvet loafers to the Grammys, suits up in for the Cannes carpet.
Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters May 25.