Solo Trailer Breakdown - Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

Last night’s Super Bowl brought our first look at Solo: A Star Wars Story with a 45-second spot introducing the young Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich. But it was mostly a tease for the full trailer that arrived this morning with much more footage from the Star Wars spin-off origin story.

There’s not much for us to glean as far as story details are concerned, but this is our first proper glimpse at anything from Solo: A Star Wars Story, and it does provide us with a few pieces of Han Solo’s origin and more. So let’s dig in with this Solo trailer breakdown.

The following breakdown features shots from both the Super Bowl spot and the longer trailer. We’ve put certain shots together when they reveal more as complements to each other, and featured other shots by themselves.

Solo Trailer Breakdown

Both the Super Bowl spot and the official teaser trailer begin with the flips and clicks of the controls of the Millennium Falcon. For a split second, the sounds of the switches clicking made me think this trailer might be the first to use modern music since it sounded very similar to the beginning of “Time Has Come Today” by Chambers Brothers. It would have fit a Han Solo movie perfectly, but maybe it would have felt like a copycat of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Solo Trailer Breakdown

The trailer cuts to a shot of this speeder driving through some kind of industrial facility as Han’s voiceover says “I’ve been running scams on the street since I was 10.” It looks like not much has changed.

Solo Trailer Breakdown

We see that Han is behind the wheel of this speeder, and he has Emilia Clarke in his passenger seat as a character named Qi’Ra, looking a little nervous and thrilled at the same time, glancing at Han with maybe a little bit of passion and admiration. Plus if you look carefully at the top of the windshield, there’s a familiar memento from the original Star Wars trilogy that was quite prominent in The Last Jedi: Han’s golden dice.

Solo Trailer Breakdown

Next we see why Han is moving so fast in that speeder – there’s a new kind of Imperial trooper in pursuit on a smaller speeder. During this sequence, Han’s voiceover tells us “I was kicked out of the flight academy for having a mind of my own.” More on that in just a moment.

Solo Trailer Breakdown

Solo Trailer Breakdown

Now it appears he’s making Imperials pay as he forces the pursuing Imperial tooper to crash, his body flipping into the air as the speeder explodes. Some new droids we’ve never seen before look on from the side.

Solo Trailer Breakdown

Solo Trailer Breakdown

But that’s not the end of the chase. It looks like another larger speeder ends up being in pursuit of Han. Clearly he’s not beyond causing some trouble for the Empire after they gave him the shaft on his path to becoming the best pilot in the galaxy.

Solo Trailer Breakdown

Speaking of which, the Super Bowl spot went in a different direction after the flips and clicks of the Millennium Falcon controls. It takes us to this Imperial controlled facility, looking like some kind of border crossing station of some kind.

Solo Trailer Breakdown

During this sequence, an Imperial officer says “So you want to make a difference?” It’s Han who says, “Yeah,” and the Imperial officer responds excitedly, “You’re gonna love it.” We don’t see Han’s face or anything, but he’s hidden under a winter hat. It looks like Han was willing to take any job he could get as a pilot, even if it meant working for the Empire.

Solo Trailer Breakdown

In another location, the Imperial officer asks, “Which branch are you interested in joining?” Without hesitation, Han says, “I’m gonna be a pilot. Best in the galaxy.” The officer makes a bit of a smug facial expression in response. Clearly he’s dealt with plenty of aspiring pilots who don’t have what it takes. As we know, that wasn’t the case with Han, but he still ended up scrubbing out of the academy.

Solo Trailer Breakdown

Back in the teaser trailer, we see a picaresque landscape of snowy mountains and a rising sun. This is very likely our first glimpse at Han Solo’s home planet of Corellia. Though we’ve yet to see the planet in any of the movies, the stories from the Legends side of Star Wars described it as having snowy mountains, though not across the entire surface.

Solo Trailer Breakdown

On those mountains, we see a recognizable hairstyle. The line about being the best pilot in the galaxy is used here again before we see…

Solo Trailer Breakdown

The Millennium Falcon. We’ve never seen it looking so clean before. Of course, that means that in the years since Solo: A Star Wars Story takes place that Han and Chewie haven’t done a very good job of keeping the ship clean. Of course, they’re probably much more concerned with their smuggling work than housekeeping, so we can’t really blame them.

Solo Trailer Breakdown

On the exterior of the ship, Han looks up at the cockpit that he’ll end up spending most of his life in. The framing of this shot and the vibe it gives off makes it seem like this is the first time Han has seen the Millennium Falcon, which means it still belongs to Lando Calrissian. But we’ll get to that scoundrel later.

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