In news that probably won’t surprise most fans, the director of Solo: A Star Wars StoryRon Howard recently confirmed that hopes for a sequel to the film are just a pipe dream for backers, as he claims such a film is not a priority at all for Lucasfilm. Given that the film garnered relatively middling reactions from critics and is the lowest grossing live-action film, it’s clear that something about both the timing of the film’s release and the overall concept didn’t resonate strongly with either audiences nor critics, and Lucasfilm is clearly more interested in exploring other narrative avenues in the future.
“The only discussion I’m aware of about a Solo sequel is from fans at this point,” Howard confirmed to NME. “I don’t think it’s a Lucasfilm priority, as I see it.”
He then added:
“But there are some great characters being cast, and the members of Lucasfilm love the fans and really listen to them, so I would never say… But I’m not aware of any concrete plans right now to extend the story or address that particular set of characters.”
While there will be no big-screen future for the story and characters introduced, the expansive nature of the franchise allows the journey begun in Solo to continue in a number of other ways.
One of the most compelling figures Solo introduced to audiences was Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra, especially considering that the film’s ending hinted that the woman had some serious plans for the criminal enterprise she intended to explore. After years of questions about the character, he made his official return to Star Wars last summer with the start of the “War of the Bounty Hunters” event, which brought with it several new storytelling opportunities as the story unfolds. takes place between the events of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Announced as early as 2020, a Star Wars: Lando limited television series would be coming to Disney+, exploring the early life of Lando Calrissian, with Solo’s Donald Glover hinting that he could reprise his role for this project.
From TV to comics and novels, we’re sure we’ll learn more about the characters in Solo: A Star Wars Story, although a cinematic sequel doesn’t appear to be in the works.
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