Young Han Solo Will Be Back, But His Next Movie Probably Won’t Be About Him

It’s no secret that Solo: A Star Wars Story wasn’t the best Star Wars film. Even though critics received it well, fans did not. There are a few reasons why that happened, but it’s still part of a super popular franchise and Star Wars isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Plus, you’ll probably see this version of Han Solo back on the big screen. But don’t expect him to be the center of attention this time. 

Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, and Paul Bettany at a screening of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'
Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, and Paul Bettany at a screening of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ May 21, 2018 | Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Alden Ehrenreich is signed on for two more ‘Star Wars’ movies

Back in April of 2018, Alden Ehrenreich, who played a young Han Solo, told Esquire that he signed on for more than one movie with Lucasfilm. They asked Ehrenreich how many and he said, “Three.” However, he wasn’t really supposed to divulge that info. 

“I don’t know if that’s officially, uh, public. But—yeah,” he said. That was, of course, before the movie came out. It’ll be interesting to know if he signed for movies or if his next two appearances could be on Disney+ in a show.  

‘Solo’ didn’t do that well in theaters and probably won’t get a sequel

So, to state the obvious, Solo probably won’t get a sequel. It’s the first in the franchise to be a virtual flop when it comes to finances. Vanity Fair reported that the movie dropped 65% at the box office in just a week of opening. 

Director Ron Howard said that he thinks it was probably the internet hate Solo received that made it tank at the box office so fast. blamed internet trolling. “It was especially noticeable prior to the release of the movie. Several of the algorithms, whether it was Metacritic or Rotten Tomatoes, there was an inordinate push down on the ‘Want to see’ [score on Rotten Tomatoes] and on the fan voting,” Howard said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast in June 2019, according to The Guardian.

First off, the prequels would like to say hello. And remember Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi? Yeah, they all got spat on by fans. Yet neither one of those saw this type of performance. 

Qi’ra would be the best bet for a spin-off

With all that said, this younger version of Han Solo is set to star in a couple more movies. But why make it about Solo, when it could be about another interesting character in his movie? As Fansided pointed out, Qi’ra would be a perfect choice.

If you remember, she betrayed Solo in the film even though she was a childhood best friend and love interest. It came out of left field for Han and the addition of Maul was an added surprise for the audience. A solo movie for Qi’ra would not only bring back the amazing Emilia Clarke to the franchise and do more with her character. But it could also explore her motives and where she went after she became a leader of Crimson Dawn. 

The YouTube channel Star Wars Speculation has a couple of theories about her future that could easily be true. However the best one, as pointed out in their video, has her doing what she does best: abandoning Maul on Malachor to continue her leadership in Crimson Dawn. This would explain why he’s stranded there when Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka find him in Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels

Qi’ra isn’t a character we hear from again in Star Wars, so writing more about her could be rather interesting. Regardless, it could be an interesting way to bring the Solo cast back, but give it a new point of view so it can possibly excite audiences more.