Han Solo is all charm and bravado — sans his trademark cynicism — in the new TV spot for the origin film of the iconic character.
Previous trailers for Solo: A Star Wars Story are impressive displays of action, nostalgia, and the other characters in the film, but the latest promo puts the spotlight back on the beloved space pilot Han (Alden Ehrenreich).
Han And Chewie: The Beginning
The minute-long trailer showed previously unseen clips of Han, including how he gets involved in the seedier dealings of the galaxy during the Galactic Empire. From the few trailers that has already been released, it seems he gets into this world through his mentor, Tobias Beckett.
"If you come with me, you're in this life for good," Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson, tells Han in one of the scenes.
Later, the hero answers earnestly, saying he has waited a long time for an opportunity like the one Beckett is giving him.
Of course, a story about Han is also a story about his closest friend and copilot Chewbacca. The relationship between the space hero and the Wookie is central to the Star Wars universe. In the original films, the pair were already a solid two-punch unit.
In Solo, fans will get a peek into how the friendship began. The latest trailer shows just a little bit of their origins with the young Han asking the Wookie for his name.
"You think everything sounds like a bad idea," he tells Chewbacca with a grin.
The Rough Road To Making 'Solo'
Getting Ehrenreich front and center in the latest trailer will likely assuage the fans and critics, who have been speculating nonstop about the actor's involvement in the film.
Last year, insiders revealed to Hollywood Reporter that Lucasfilm was unhappy with Ehrenreich's performance and decided to hire an acting coach for him, which, the publication notes, is unusual to do when it's so late in production.
Previous trailers more focused on the other members of Han's crew — Harrelson's Beckett, Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian, and Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra — instead of the titular hero only increased the concern for Ehrenreich's attempts in inheriting the mantle of one of the most beloved characters in the saga.
In the new TV spot, Forbes notes that Ehrenreich doesn't really sound or look like Harrison Ford, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. After all, the publication points out, mimicking the original outright might ultimately just backfire on the actor.
Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany also star in the film.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25.