Alden Ehrenreich has played the iconic Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise, and he reveals that he wants to play the role again. In an interview with IndieWire, the Fair Play actor says that he’s open to reprising the swashbuckling hero.
We’ve reported before that the character is being planned to return to the franchise at some point, possibly in a Disney Plus series. But so far, there are no plans for a full sequel for the 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The film itself was just an origin story, it fills in the blanks for Star Wars fans asking where Han Solo came from. How did he get the Millenium Falcon, how did he meet Chewbacca, how did he do the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs? What is a Kessel Run?
Solo: A Star Wars Story flopped at the box office. It needed $500 million to break even, the movie only got $393.2 million. This was the movie that made Lucasfilm reconsider their Star Wars franchise. Solo was the last film so far. Since then, we’ve only seen Star Wars venture into TV shows on Disney Plus like The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor.
We’ve heard plans of other films being developed by Rian Johnson, Taika Waititi and even Kevin Feige. But it has been some years now, and we’ve seen no marketing for any upcoming film.
Alden Ehrenreich Still Interested To Become Han Solo Again
Solo director Ron Howard has confirmed that there are no plans for a sequel. Nevertheless, there seem to be rumours that Alden Ehrenreich could return as Han Solo at some point.
Both Ehrenreich and even co-star Emilia Clake who played Qi’ra have contracts that they would return in possible future Star Wars projects. The only question is, when?
While promoting the film Fair Play, Ehrenreich was asked if there was an opportunity to play the role again. He answered:
The story that I did, I really got to be Han Solo at the end. That’s kind of the arc of the story, which I thought was well done. That’s the fun part. That’s the guy that’s the most fun to be. I’d be very happy to, but who knows.
Personally, I enjoyed the film. It’s not a bad movie. I can’t compare it to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is currently one of my personal favourites from the recent Star Wars films. But it did scratch my Star Wars itch, given the fact that I liked Solo more than Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker.
Critics had mixed reviews of the film. Some have given it praise, but then again, the film felt too safe. Which somehow, I do personally agree. We didn’t actually need to know why he was Solo. I know you know what I mean.
Definitely, I do think the change of direction midway through production affected the film overall. The film was initially directed by the duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, known for their films like The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Midway through the production, they were removed because of “creative differences,” and were eventually replaced by Ron Howard.
Alden Ehrenreich Open To Playing Han Solo Again
For a time, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy blamed recasting as the main issue as to why Solo flopped. Some say that fans were not ready to see Han Solo played by anyone other than Harrison Ford. But more recently, they have said that they are negotiating with Donald Glover to reprise his role from Solo as the young Lando Calrissian for a new series.
But I can’t blame recasting for the failed film. I was actually happy with Ehrenreich’s performance as Han Solo. And I am looking forward to seeing him reprise the role. But I do wonder what the film would have been if Lucasfilm did keep Lord and Miller.
So, is Lucasfilm open to reviving Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo again? We’re not sure, but it’s not impossible to see that in some future Star Wars projects some characters will cross paths with the famous swashbuckler.
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