‘Solo 2’: The Sequel May Not Happen But These Characters Should Return
Rogue One: A Star Wars earned more than $1 billion worldwide. Many assumed Solo: A Star Wars Story would do similar business. Alas, the second Star Wars standalone installment fell short of expectations. Writer Lawrence Kasdan blames the studio for mishandling the project.
Even so, some fans are still holding out hope for Solo 2. Right now, that’s unlikely to happen. But Solo does feature several characters who deserve more time in the spotlight. Here’s who we’re hoping to see again elsewhere in the series.
Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover)
Not every Star Wars fan loves Solo. But even those who don’t generally agree about Donald Glover’s performance. The actor brings such fun energy and swagger to young Lando Calrissian. And he’s a man who has as many stories to tell as Han Solo himself.
Some have speculated that Solo 2 should take the form of Lando: A Star Wars Story. And The Rise of Skywalker actually leads into the character’s backstory. Just bring back Billy Dee Williams as old Lando looking back on his youth, with Glover in the role.
Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke)
Emilia Clarke’s character may have been somewhat underwritten in Solo. But there’s a lot more to Qi’ra than meets the eye. In some ways, she’s too much like Han for their relationship to work long-term. And the actress deserves the chance to dig deeper.
Solo also ends with Qi’ra taking over for Dryden Voss (Paul Bettany). This will put her in a much closer relationship with the crime syndicate Crimson Dawn. Fans have been loving the seedier side of Star Wars on The Mandalorian. And Qi’ra’s journey is the perfect way to expand on it.
Maul (Ray Park and Sam Witwer)
If Lucasfilm does follow Qi’ra’s story forward, it’s the perfect opportunity for more Maul. Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels breathed new life into the character. Now both those shows are over. And fans still haven’t learned how Maul spent the time in between.
Ray Park and Sam Witwer made a great pair in their brief role in Solo. But there’s clearly more story to tell with Maul. That could mean a big-screen release, a Disney+ limited series, or another animated show. In any case, his and Qi’ra’s intertwined arcs are the best way forward.
Enfys Nest (Erin Kellyman)
The prequel trilogy follows the Republic and the Separatists. The original trilogy focuses on the Empire and the Rebellion. But there’s a whole movement that happens between those two central conflicts. And Enfys Nest (Erin Kellyman) could be the key to opening that up.
As the leader of the Cloud Riders, Enfys represents the growing rebel force that will one day defeat the Empire. Solo has so much going on that it barely scratches the surface. But the upcoming Disney+ series are set between Episode III and Episode IV. Here’s hoping Enfys makes an appearance.
L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge)
L3-37 might not be the kind of character who can carry her own movie or series. But she does present an opposing view to the anti-droid sentiment that carries through a lot of Star Wars. If Glover returns for a Lando story, it could be set pre-Solo and feature everyone’s favorite droid rights activist.
Likewise, Phoebe Waller-Bridge could reprise the role in either of the upcoming Disney+ shows. Perhaps young Lando and L3-37 cross paths with Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) or Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) at some point. We already lost Rogue One‘s K-2SO. We’re not ready to give up L3-37.