Star Wars fans said goodbye to Han Solo in The Force Awakens, but they get to spend more time with the character in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Most have been assuming this will be the beloved character’s final appearance in the saga.
However, that actually might not be the case. Recent reports indicate that Han may continue to have adventures on screen even after the end of Solo.
1. Solo takes place many years before A New Hope
The previous Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One, didn’t really allow for any sequels. After all, not only did it kill off all of its main characters, but it also ended right where A New Hope began.
However, it appears that Solo will conclude years before A New Hope. Back in 2017, Disney teased that the movie would follow Han from ages 18 through 24.
Han is supposed to be 29 in A New Hope. So this suggests that there will be five years left unexplored between Solo and A New Hope, leaving open room for sequels where Rogue One didn’t.
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2. Alden Ehrenreich is signed on for three movies
Alden Ehrenreich, the actor who is playing the young Han Solo, has revealed that he is signed on for more movies after Solo.
While speaking to Esquire, Ehrenreich said that he is committed to three movies with Lucasfilm. Immediately after saying that, he seemed to realize that he just gave away a secret. “I don’t know if that’s officially, uh, public,” he said. “But—yeah.”
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3. One of the other Solo characters could return
That Ehrenreich quote came after there had already been some reports that Solo could get a sequel or two. A few weeks earlier, the website Star Wars News Net, which tends to be fairly reliable, released some information about the villainous Solo character Enfys Nest.
Most interesting was the fact that their source said that the actress playing Nest “is signed for two more movies, presumably Solo sequels.”
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4. Ron Howard says Solo sequels could happen
After all this buzz of Solo sequels, director Ron Howard was asked about the possibility in an interview. Howard said that Solo sequels could happen, adding that Disney is interested in continuing to work with these young actors.
“I think the fans are going to define all of that,” Howard said. “I mean I think that Lucasfilm and Disney in casting actors, and particularly younger actors, want to see what happens and build upon that.”
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5. Howard says Solo sequels aren’t actively in development
Howard did also say, however, that a second Solo movie isn’t actively in development at Lucasfilm. He told Fandango that there are currently “no concrete plans” for any more Han Solo movies. He added that Lucasfilm is focused on this one but that “I think they’re going to be very interested to see how people respond to it and take it from there.”
Essentially, then, it sounds like this isn’t a case like The Last Jedi where a sequel is in the works before the first one even opens. However, if Solo is a massive hit, Lucasfilm will certainly be interested in making another one.
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6. It’s possible Ehrenreich could appear as Han in other movies
Of course, one possibility is that we’ll see Ehrenreich as young Han Solo again, but it won’t be in a Solo sequel. After all, Ehrenreich only specified that he is signed on to play Han Solo two more times. This does not necessarily mean that he has to play the character in a second Solo.
Rather, if Lucasfilm makes another standalone movie that’s set around the same time period as Solo — such as the rumored Boba Fett film — Ehrenreich could make an appearance. This could apply towards his three films.
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7. It’s possible Lucasfilm won’t use Ehrenreich again, though
Then again, just because Ehrenreich is under contract for more movies doesn’t necessarily mean that Lucasfilm will make those movies.
After all, Felicity Jones was reportedly signed up to play Jyn Erso again after Rogue One. Of course, there never was a Rogue One sequel, and Jones’ character died at the end of that film.
So the fact that Ehrenreich is signed on for three movies is strong evidence that we’ll see him play Han again, but it isn’t necessarily a guarantee.
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8. Could Harrison Ford play Han Solo again?
So it seems likely that we’ll see Ehrenreich play Han Solo again. But is there any chance we could see Harrison Ford return as the character?
Obviously, Han died in The Force Awakens, but that doesn’t mean Ford can’t return in a flashback or vision sequence. The books have been filling in more information about Ben Solo’s childhood, so there could be an opportunity for Ford to return for a flashback in Episode IX.
For what it’s worth, Ford has said he would rather not return as Han Solo, but he hasn’t ruled it out, either. “I’m finished with Star Wars if Star Wars is finished with me,” he told GQ.
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