We’re getting closer to the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, and recently we have gotten a lot more promotional material for the highly-anticipated film.
Last week there was a new trailer, and then this week we’ve already had two new extended TV spots, all of which have revealed a decent amount of new footage. In case you missed the most recent TV spot, released today, you can check it out here:
The biggest highlights of this TV spot were Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian, who really pulls off the Billy Dee Williams vibe and voice in this spot in particular. Plenty of people are excited to see Glover’s portrayal of the iconic character, and understandably so. The more we see, the more believable I think these new actors get, specifically Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. They’re not necessarily trying to be impersonations of the previous actors but believable younger versions of the iconic characters, and based on the small amount of footage we’ve gotten so far, I have increased confidence that they were able to do so well.
Anyway, let’s take a look at some of the new shots revealed in the latest TV spot.
We’ve seen this shot before, but it’s significant in light of the TV spot released earlier this week: it looks like Han, Chewie, and Qi’ra are headed toward the same ship seen in the last TV spot. Here’s a comparision:
The ship coming over the mountains in the picture on the right looks like the same object in the picture on the left, which would seem to indicate that perhaps it’s Beckett’s ship.
We see Han, Chewie, and Beckett arriving somewhere, as the door slides open. The decor looks similar to the high-class area we’ve seen Han and Qi’ra in earlier, and that Dryden Vos seems to hang out in. During this shot, we hear Beckett telling Han, “Big shot gangster. Putting together a crew. You in?” We know that it’s Vos who is putting together the crew, so perhaps this is them arriving to meet Vos?
A new shot of Han.
Here’s Han and Chewie, as well as what looks like maybe Beckett and Qi’ra, arriving somewhere that resembles the location we’ve seen Enfys Nest at in previous trailers. So are these things connected? At least from the look, it would appear so.
In the casino environment that we’ve seen the gang in previously, there’s a shot of Lando asking Qi’ra, “What are you doing with hairy and the boy?” He’s of course referring to Chewbacca and Han, so this is likely near the beginning of their relationship – and it does hint at the fact that Qi’ra knows Lando already (which was evidenced by the fact that we’ve already heard her referring to him in other material).
There’s a new shot of Qi’ra, standing in front of Han and Chewie at the same environment of the previous shot, saying “We need a ship.” So it does seem as if she is the one that brings Lando together with Han and Chewie, as it seems they’re in need of Lando’s ship, the Millennium Falcon.
Speaking of the Falcon, from the looks of this it might be Han’s first time on the Falcon, as he looks to be taking it all in. That’d be a very significant and meaningful moment in the film, for sure.
In response to Qi’ra’s question, we hear Lando say, “The Millennium Falcon. Every ship isn’t for everyone. She needs a particular type of pilot.” It should first be noted that Donald Glover’s delivery of these lines (particularly “Millennium Falcon”) is spot on, like throughout the rest of the spot, which is really cool. But anyway, from the looks of this, the line from Lando comes at the card table, and after he says that the Falcon needs a particular type of pilot Han gives a smirk. Is this giving us a brief glimpse at the lead-up to the infamous sabacc game in which Han wins the ship from Lando?
In the cockpit of the Falcon, L3-37 looks at Lando and asks, “Done flirting?” Lando gives her a look and then looks down at the controls. Then we see a shot of Han looking around the cockpit while Lando and L3 sit at the controls. I’m excited to see the dynamic between Lando and L3, as that looks quite promising.
There’s Beckett jumping off the top of the conveyex to cling to the side as he exchanges fire with the troopers. So far, we know that Han, Chewie, and Beckett at least are involved in the train mission.
There’s a new shot of Qi’ra brandishing a weapon, and during this shot we hear Beckett’s warning to Han: “These people? Not your friends.” Of course, the context of that line is different (we see him actually saying that line in a following shot), but is it clever foreshadowing or intentional misleading?
This is the setting of Beckett’s warning to Han, so it’s at that high-class locale that we’ve seen before.
Once again we see Dryden Vos using that lightwhip-like weapon to slash an artifact, but what’s interesting about this shot is that for a brief moment we see a person standing in front of him as he does so. This raises questions: is Vos trying to kill that person and just misses to hit the artifact? And if so, who is that person?
Beckett sits in what looks like a ship saying, “There’s a lesson to be learned here.” There’s not much context to this, other than the fact that it does further the idea that Beckett is a mentor-type figure who is teaching Han things, thus the idea of a lesson.
Here’s a new shot of a rather serious-looking Han Solo.
In the coolest new sequence of the TV spot by far, we see Lando standing in front of the Millennium Falcon in the midst of a fight and yelling, “Han!” Lando tosses a DL-44 pistol to Han, who catches it in the air and spins and fires. There are a couple of things that are great about this shot. First, it’s just a cool sequence to see Han and Lando working together in battle, as the movie will likely play up both their rivalry and their friendship. Second, Alden Ehrenreich has really got the Han Solo blaster pose down well. And third, Donald Glover says “Han” exactly like Billy Dee Williams did, which isn’t surprising but is still really nice to hear.
There’s a close-up of Han’s eyes as he pilots.
And there’s a shot of the Millennium Falcon being pursued by TIEs, which again figures to be one of the coolest sequences in the film.