Star Wars fans started to speculate (nothing new) after Alden Ehrenreich let it slip that he was actually signed on for 3 films as Han Solo. People are beginning to expect that it means we’ll see Solo sequels. I’m not convinced. I think its more of an insurance policy for Disney and Lucasfilm. So if they make this movie and both Aldren Ehrenreich and Donald Glover breakout and become mega stars then they don’t have to pay them movie star money to get the sequel made or for them to appear in another Star Wars project. I think a Lando solo movie could be possible and obviously Han Solo could pop up in that. There is also the TV series coming to the Disney streaming service at some point and it could be possible that he plays the character there.
Ron Howard commented on the possibility of Han Solo sequels. If the film ends up being good a lot of that credit will likely belong to Howard who jumped in to replace the original directors in the middle of filming.
“I think the fans are going to define all of that. I mean I think that Lucasfilm and Disney in casting actors, and particularly younger actors, want to see what happens and build upon that. Certainly, they want the commitment from the young actors, but there are no concrete plans. I think there’s been a lot of creative energy and now marketing energy going behind this movie.”
Howard’s obviously keeping things close to the chest. I’m sure that if Lucasfilm intends to make sequels they’ve probably already made that decision. I’m sure if the film ended up being a massive failure it would ditch those plans, but not much else is going to make them change their minds.
Also, if a sequel does happen you have the problem of Lawrence Kasdan, who has agreed that this film will be his last in the Star Wars galaxy. Kasdan knows Han Solo possibly more than anyone as he wrote Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The script was co-written by his son, who could possibly take over duties on a sequel. It’ll also be interesting to see if Howard decides to come back if the sequels do happen.
Will a Solo sequel happen?