'Solo' trailer unveils the early adventures of a scoundrel

Han Solo once told Luke Skywalker, “Don’t get cocky, kid.” The teaser trailer for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” suggests that he probably should have taken his own advice, as Han gets an origin story revealing how he became the “Star Wars” universe’s most iconic rogue.

Information is scarce on the prequel, a spin-off of the central “Star Wars” timeline that, like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” before it, explores in greater detail the peripheral events that shaped the cinematic universe audiences worldwide have grown to love. According to Lucasfilm’s official synopsis, director Ron Howard (“The Da Vinci Code”) delves into the mythic back story of Han Solo as well as characters like Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian who are not just interwoven but have become synonymous with his adventures.

“Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy,” reads their synopsis. “Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.”

Howard directs a script by Lawrence Kasdan (“The Empire Strikes Back”) and his son Jon (“Roadies”). Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail Caesar!”) stars as Han Solo, and Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) plays Calrissian. Supporting players include Emilia Clarke (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Woody Harrelson (“War for the Planet of the Apes”), Thandie Newton (HBO’s “Westworld”), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“The Iron Lady”), Paul Bettany (“Avengers: Infinity War”) and Joonas Suotamo (“The Last Jedi”) as Chewbacca.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” arrives in U.S. theaters on May 25, 2018.