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Ron Howard’s trailer mission: Reassure viewers about ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

“I’VE WAITED a long time for a shot like this.”

Well, young Han, break up the narrative Carbonite and board your Falcon, because your shot has arrived.

The second trailer for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” landed late Sunday, and the undercurrent to the two-minute-plus clip seems to be: Let’s assuage your concerns, dear viewer, about this once-troubled production.

So we get the pieces of the “putting-together-a-crew” plot — “Ocean’s 11″ style — snapping snugly together like Star Wars Lego bricks.

Ron Howard's trailer mission: Reassure viewers about 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) listens to the mission in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Disney/Lucasfilm trailer)

Sure, the trailer — like young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) himself — might still look “a little rough around the edges,” but we’re being reassured with touches great and small that all is “good.”

“You’re after something. Is it revenge? Money? Or is it something else?” intones Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke), ticking off the cues that clue in viewers to the beats of a sci-fi heist.

“I know a guy. He’s the best smuggler around,” we hear, as the trailer introduces us to Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), who surely is retro-cool, we’re signaled, because he punctuates phrases with “baby.”

And then there’s the requisite “I’ve got a really good feeling about this,” and how you feel about the tone of this trailer might be reflected entirely in how you view Ehrenreich’s line reading of the four-decade catchphrase.

Ron Howard’s reclamation of a “Solo” project opens May 25, when it’s expected to have a domestic debut north of $150 million.

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