Howard Hints That Fan Reaction to ‘Solo’ Could Lead to More Han-centric Star Wars Stories
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a standalone movie for now, but according to its Director, Ron Howard, it could get sequels if fans speak with their dollars. Alden did hint that he’s under contract for two other Star Wars movies for playing a young Han, so Howard probably isn’t just saying things like this for shits and giggles. He revealed this information while talking to Fandango. Howard told Fandango:
“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.
“I think these are exactly what they’re meant to be, or what they’re designed to be. They’re single movies exploring the galaxy; but of course, as a company, I think they’re going to be very interested to see how people respond to it and take it from there. This whole thing is kind of a cool, ambitious exploration of what the galaxy and the Star Wars sensibility can continue to mean to fans.”
Personally, I think Ron is 100% spot on, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. If Solo is a smash hit critically and financially, then there’s a great chance Disney will want to capitalize on that, and the fact that Alden is apparently locked in for two other films, it seems as if Disney has been hedging their bets on Solo from day one. Simply put, if this thing makes a bunch of cash and doesn’t piss off the small group of angry Star Wars fans that seems to pop up with each new Disney-led project, there will be more Solo movies, or young Han will be used in other standalone films.
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