The marketing may have been slow to roll out for the highly anticipated Solo: A Star Wars Story but ahead of tonight’s trailer during American Idol, fans have gotten a glimpse into the film’s train heist. Well, sort of, thanks to automobile manufacturer Renault.
The French company debuted a TV spot promoting the origin story of Han Solo by featuring the Kadjar SUV. The vehicle is being driven by a mom who’s taking her son to the premiere of Ron Howard’s film, and in the spot they’re riding alongside the Conveyex train which we saw in the movie’s Super Bowl spot earlier this year.
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The clip further highlights Chewbacca exchanging blaster shots with some Cloud Riders, a bunch of bikers and robbers that Han and company will run afoul of. We previously saw their leader Enfys Nest locked in battle with Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett (Han’s mentor) on the train in the Super Bowl spot, and now it’s more or less confirmed both crews will be trying to beat each other to the train’s contents.
The Cloud Riders have had a presence in the discarded Legends continuity, first taking on Han in the original Marvel Star Wars comic series. We also catch a glimpse of the Millennium Falcon in action, at the end coming to Chewbacca’s aid by shooting down some of the bikers, although the pilot’s identity is never revealed.
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Of course, this isn’t the exact scene from the film, but it does set the stage for quite a thrilling ride with Han and his crew of space misfits as they try to run their criminal activities without getting caught by the Empire.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film opens May 25.