Solo arrives in theaters next week following a rather rough road during production. Despite that, director Ron Howard has managed to get the movie done and, if early reviews are anything to go by, he’s pulled together a pretty satisfying movie. Not only that, it seems like he had a good time doing it and it doesn’t seem like he would have any issue returning for Solo 2. So it sounds like the door isn’t closed on a trilogy, and Howard recently said it would be interesting to move forward with more Han Solo adventures.
Speaking to Screen Rant, Howard had this to say.
Well, there are so many possibilities and, you know, it’s kind of one of those things where we’re sitting around, waiting for those shots. Although, with [director of photography] Bradford Young, there’s not a lot of time. He moves fast. He’s an indie guy. And, so we were able to make this movie at a pace but, once he began to see the possibilities for scenes and ideas. So, I don’t have a big vision as to where the plot would go, even though ultimately we know where he’s headed and it would be intriguing to navigate him there.
Howard feels this movie does a great job of answering questions fans may have had about a young Han Solo and, should the story continue in a sequel, he would want it to feel authentic and yet have the ability to surprise fans.
I think what I like so much about this script was that it answered a lot of questions that a fan would have about young Han. You know, what are some of the events or relationships that might have shaped the iconic version that we know from later movies, but he does it in ways that make sense. They are satisfying but surprising. So, I think that ought to be the litmus test for anything going forward, which is can you head in a direction that feels right and authentic and do it in a surprising way.
Ultimately, this is going to come down to if Solo: A Star Wars Story makes enough money and is received well enough by the fan base. If it does, then we may see a sequel. Solo is currently projected to earn record-breaking numbers on its opening weekend and early social media reactions are already praising not just the film itself, but also the cast.
Directed by Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett.
The film opens on May 24.