Most new trailers for a Star Wars film lead fans to rush to catalog what we’ve seen and what it means. But, with the trailers for Solo, it feels like what we’re not seeing is the real story. On Tuesday, Lucasfilm released another new trailer for Solo, which is very similar to previous trailers. So, what is this movie hiding? Speculation ahead which could contain accidental spoilers.
Here’s the reality with Solo: unlike the last three new Star Wars films, this movie has kept its cards very close to the vest. Which, is metaphorically on point for gamblers like Han and Lando, but it’s also interesting when you consider just how much material could be revealed in the trailer but isn’t. The latest TV spot (watch it above) is called “crew” and, for the most part, is similar to footage we’ve seen before. Sure, we see a little more of these retro biker gang-looking baddies, but really, this is mostly all the same stuff. Qi’ra, Beckett, Lando, Han and Chewie are all going to be part of some kind of heist, which involves a train. At some point, Han and Lando are going to play cards. We’ll see some of Han’s younger days and….that’s about it? Which means, there is going to be a lot more than what is being teased.
Because of when this film takes place in the Star Wars timeline, there’s all sorts of reasons to believe familar characters like Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt, and even Obi-Wan Kenobi could be glimpsed, even briefly. And while the appearance of any of these characters would be cool as cameos, what if Solo’s connective tissue to the rest of the Star Wars mythology is deeper than just depicting the Kessel Run, or seeing how Han won the Millennium Falcon from Lando?
Solo can’t just be only continuity porn, otherwise, it’s a hollow mess. Rogue One wasn’t just about stealing the Death Star plans; it was also about all those characters. So, what is Solo really about? In A New Hope Han is deeply cynical about the Force, and the idea of the Rebellion. But why? He keeps a Jedi training remote on the Falcon, too. How did he get it? Is this connected to his rejection of the “hokey religion” of the Jedi?
To put it bluntly: it’s seems possible, however unlikely, that Han Solo will have some dealings with early Rebels or surviving Jedi in Solo. Chronologically, this movie is the closest to events of Revenge of the Sith, which means, politically, the galaxy is pretty fucked up. It might be too crazy to say Darth Vader shows up in Solo, but it’s not insane to think there’s a ton more we could learn about Han’s attitudes towards the Jedi and the Sith.
Though it’s unconfirmed, Alden Ehrenreich has said he’s signed-up for two more movies after Solo. Which means, the story of how Han became the cynical pirate Obi-Wan and Luke find in the Mos Eisley cantina might be more complicated than just a bunch of easter eggs and references. Instead, some serious pathos and plot twists might be coming our way. -Solo opens in theaters everywhere on May 25.