'Solo: A Star Wars Story' trailer: Who is Chewbacca hugging and other burning questions

Gwynne Watkins
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

The first full-length trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story (watch it above) gives us plenty of young Han Solo — but it’s Chewbacca who’s got tongues wagging. The trailer for the stand-alone Star Wars prequel, which takes place about a decade before A New Hope, shows how our favorite bounty hunter (played by Alden Ehrenreich) became part of the criminal underworld, with the help of female companion Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke), charismatic hustler Lando (Donald Glover), ringleader Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), and a shiny new Millennium Falcon. And, of course, there’s Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), who is younger and svelter and exchanges a hug with a mysterious fellow Wookiee. Social media is dying to know:  Is this Chewie’s wife, Malla, introduced in the notorious 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special and canonized in the Aftermath novels? Or does Chewbacca have other hairy companions in his (190-year) life?


Star Wars podcaster James Baney also noted that Chewbacca appears to have been digitally added to a few scenes in the trailer, which suggests that the Wookiee’s role in Solo has been bumped up in re-edits.

Besides speculation about Chewbacca’s love life, social media is abuzz with love for Donald Glover’s Lando — not to mention the colorful creatures and cocktail-serving robot who join him at the Sabacc table (where, according to Star Wars legend, Han wins the Falcon away from him).

Some fans were excited to get a first look at Paul Bettany’s villain, crime lord Dryden Vos.

Others were psyched about the new female droid.

Some are speculating about the mysterious new female villain, Enfys Nest, and her potential relationship to Emilia Clarke’s character.


And some are already planning their cosplay as Range Troopers, one of the film’s new Stormtrooper variants.

Finally, plenty of Han fans have also started connecting the dots between the character’s past and future, just as Lucasfilm intended.

Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on May 25.

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