Back in 2018, Star Wars fans were given an opportunity to witness the early years of iconic character Han Solo in the prequel film Solo: A Star Wars Story, featuring Alden Ehrenreich as the man himself. But will we ever see this Han again?
While promoting his new movie Fair Play at Sundance Film Festival, Ehrenreich was queried about the possibility of resuming his role as the captain of the Millennium Falcon.
“The story that I did, I really got to be Han Solo at the end. That’s kind of the arc of the story, which I thought was well done. That’s the fun part. That’s the guy that’s the most fun to be. I’d be very happy to, but who knows,” Ehrenreich said in an interview with IndieWire.
It’s clear that Ehrenreich is more than open to returning to the role, but the odds of a follow up film happening are not quite as clear. Director and producer Ron Howard, who took over directing duties on Solo after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were dismissed, has stated recently that Lucasfilm did not have any concrete plans for a sequel.
Never tell me the odds!
All hope is not lost, however. While elements within Lucasfilm make the deciding factor, there has been significant and consistent enthusiasm from the fanbase for further adventures with the young Han Solo. The ever-present hashtag “#MakeSolo2Happen” has managed to stay in the limelight of social media in the years since the original films release, particularly on its anniversaries.
2019 was the last year a live action Star Wars film was released and as it currently stands there is no confirmed release date for any further entries. By this time, we were expecting further developments on at least two unrelated Star Wars films. Those being Rogue Squadron from Patty Jenkins and an untitled film by Taika Waititi. Lucasfilm has been all but silent on these productions, both of which at one time or another were promised a Christmas 2023 release, which at this point seems unlikely. Lucasfilm seems to be firmly focusing on its Disney+ line up for now.
Another possibility is in the form of a potential Disney+ series, but not one for Han Solo. In 2020, Lando, along with a slew of other productions was revealed with little else in the way of premise or air date. All we know is that Donald Glover is attached to resume his role as Lando Calrissian but Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has stated that there was currently no movement on the production of the series as they are awaiting Glover’s schedule to allow for the project to move forward.
This would be the logical next place to see Ehrenreich return as Solo and would act as a kind of sequel to the original movie. However, with no real updates coming recently or expected any time soon, fans may have to keep on holding their breath for the time being.
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