‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: Did Mark Hamill Just Spoil a Major Cameo?
Solo: A Star Wars Story has slowly been releasing more and more information and building up hype for the next Star Wars anthology film. It has been a rough go of it for Solo in production, with rumors that lead actor Alden Ehrenreich needed an acting coach, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller being fired, and other problems. Many fans have already written Solo off, assuming that it’s going to be a disappointment.
But there are reasons to be optimistic. Hollywood icon Ron Howard was brought in to finish the project as director, for one. Another reason is that Lucasfilm appears willing to load these anthology movies with fan service and character cameos, which was apparent in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. To that end, actor Mark Hamill recently let slip a legendary character cameo for Solo. Let’s look at that, plus more that you need to know about the movie.
Hamill has had loose lips before
Those who are familiar with Hamill’s personality on Twitter know that he likes to have a little fun with the fans. Prior to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Hamill would frequently refer to actor John Boyega (Finn) as his son. He also tweeted on more than one occasion to hint that Rey may be a member of the Skywalker blood line, which of course didn’t turn out to be true either.
So should we trust that Hamill, who has nothing to do with the production of Solo, is even leading us down the right path when he lets something slip about a character cameo in the latest movie? There are actually a few reasons to think this may be true — even if this character cameo makes very little sense for the story.
Next: Lots of cameos expected
There are plenty of cameos expected
Much like Rogue One, Solo is expected to pack in the cameos. We know definitively that Han, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian are in the movie. But other minor characters are expected to pop up as well, with rumors about Greedo, Jabba the Hut, Boba Fett, and more. What other minor characters could be a fit? Given the timeline, maybe some from the prequels or Star Wars Rebels? It sounds somewhat ridiculous, but it should be pointed out that Rogue One‘s Saw Gerrera made his first appearance on the Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon.
Rogue One went way out of its way to bring in cameos of characters that didn’t even make sense, so there’s no doubt there will be some unexpected moments. Remember Ponda Baba and Dr. Evazan popping up on Jedha? With Solo bouncing around in several different locals — including among the Empire — it would be easy to include just about anyone from within the correct Star Wars era.
Next: Who could it be?
Only two characters have appeared in every movie
Even across the different trilogies, Star Wars has done a great job incorporating their main characters. The character of Leia, for example, his appeared in all but two movies to date. Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader has also appeared in all but two as well, as has Chewie. Even some of the smaller characters make multiple appearances.
But there are only two Star Wars characters to make it into every single movie to date, and those are R2-D2 and C-3PO. Despite it not really making sense, George Lucas went out of his way to make the galaxy far, far away feel very small by including the two droids in the prequel trilogy. Rogue One found a way to shoehorn them in, too, leaving Solo to determine whether the trend would continue.
Next: About that cameo Hamill teased …
Hamill spills the beans
While speaking with The Washington Post‘s Jonathan Capehart on a podcast, Hamill had the following to say about co-star Anthony Daniels.
Daniels was so happy, ’cause he’s in every single Star Wars movie. Every single one. All the prequels, he’s in Rogue One, he’s in Solo… Whoops! I hope that’s not, um … But anyway, he’s in Every. Single. Star Wars movie. That’s not such a reveal — all Star Wars fans expect him to be in every movie.
Daniels has played (or voiced) C-3PO in every film to date, so Hamill is right that this shouldn’t be so shocking. But how will Solo find a way to incorporate the annoying protocol droid that Han once dubbed “golden rod?” Maybe Hamill is wrong after all. Or maybe this just another cruel attempt at yanking out chain.
Next: How Hamill could be fooling us again
Is it not what we assume?
Most fans probably don’t realize this, but Daniels has played another character in Star Wars before. In Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, he appears in the nightclub scene briefly as Dannl Faytonni, a completely unimportant character with almost no backstory. In Hamill’s comments, he never once mentions that C-3PO would be appearing in the movie — only Daniels. So is it possible that the actor makes his cameo some other way?
Maybe Faytonni makes his dramatic return to Star Wars. After all, the timeline in Solo puts the film around 15 years after the events of Attack of the Clones — which was released 16 years ago. The age difference between Daniels now and Daniels then wouldn’t be jarring, not that age differences have ever really mattered in Star Wars. Knowing Hamill’s history of playfulness, don’t automatically assume that C-3PO (or R2-D2, for that fact) will be showing up in Solo.
Next: Another major cameo rumor
Who may have an unexpected cameo?
There has been nothing confirmed, but rumors have been circulating for months that Darth Vader will have a small cameo in Solo. According to YouTuber Mike Zeroh, it’s unknown whether Vader will be in multiple scenes, just one scene, or even just one shot. But what is known is that someone on the set of Solo saw an actor wearing the Darth Vader armor during a shoot.
This would be a surprising cameo from the angle of this being a Han Solo movie, and Vader not really making sense. But the scenes that squeezed Vader into Rogue One were among the most popular in the film, and the ones that made it feel the most like Star Wars. We know that Han is going to attempt to join the Imperial Flight Academy during his early life, so maybe Vader has a scene during that time?
Next: More on the way
Solo may get a sequel
Although there have been concerns along the way with production of Solo, there are already some at Lucasfilm planning to do a follow up to the anthology film. Director Ron Howard has said that whether there is a Solo sequel depends largely on how the fans receive his movie.
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 points out the marketing energy, and leaking that there are plans to make more than one Han Solo movie would certainly be a good strategy to drum up interest for Solo. There have been rumors for the last year-plus that things were not going well, with the original directors being fired, actor Alden Ehrenreich being unable to capture the magnetism of the character, and other issues.
We’ll have to wait and see how it all looks on the big screen before deciding if a sequel is a good idea or not.
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