Three years ago today, Star Wars fans journeyed to movie theaters to watch the Thursday preview opening of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
It’s no secret that the film didn’t do as well at the box office as people hoped, and in the years since, there has scarcely been any talk about the movie or momentum or anything. It just kind of… exists? But with the rise of Disney+ and the streaming era, I’m hoping that changes soon and that more Solo content is coming.
Today on social media Star Wars fans are tweeting with the hashtag #MakeSolo2Happen, returning for an annual appeal and celebration to call for sequels to the original film. And I’m joining them in the call for more stories.
When Solo was originally released, it was still over a year before Disney would launch their streaming service. That streaming service, Disney+, of course launched with the debut of the first Star Wars live-action series, The Mandalorian. It was well-received, and Disney has shifted their focus and attention to the platform. For instance, at the Disney Investor Day in December, Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy announced that there are over ten Star Wars shows coming in the next few years to Disney+. My point is that Star Wars storytelling is in a very different place, using different mediums, than when Solo was released just three years ago. And that means that a continuation of that story needn’t take place on the big screen with a feature film, but could instead be turned into a series.
And when you think of it that way, the opportunities and possibilities abound! Consider just a few of the shows they could exlore:
A true Solo sequel. Focusing on Han Solo and Chewbacca beginning to work for Jabba the Hutt, running jobs and getting into trouble. What else is new, right? The chance to see Alden Ehrenreich return as Han Solo, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, makes this worth doing in my mind. It’s not a necessity, but it’d be a whole lot of fun.
Enfys Nest. One of the biggest stars and most interesting characters from Solo was Enfys Nest, the leader of the Cloud Riders. There’s a lot of history there, but there also seems to be a lot of future potential, as she is a forerunner of sorts to the Rebellion. And with Erin Kellyman having recently starred in another Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it would be great to bring her back for another one. To be honest, Enfys Nest is the character I most want to see follow-up on from Solo, yet we have gotten almost nothing so far. I really hope that changes.
Qi’ra and Crimson Dawn. When we last saw Qi’ra, she was heading to meet Maul on Dathomir, having risen in command of the Crimson Dawn syndicate. I mean, that’s a story ready to write itself. Maul? Qi’ra? Criminal syndicates? In fact, director Ron Howard mentioned the idea of a war between the criminal syndicates as a sequel of sorts to Solo, so there’s already something there. And it would be awesome.
It’s worth noting that one other idea, a Lando Calrissian series, is actually in development! At the Disney Investor Day, Kennedy announced a show called Lando. We don’t know much, but here’s what’s been announced so far:
Everyone’s favorite scoundrel Lando Calrissian will return in a brand-new event series for Disney+. Justin Simien, creator of the critically-acclaimed Dear White People and a huge Star Wars fan, is developing the story.
So we don’t know whether that’s intended as a follow-up to Solo or what, and we don’t know whether it’s Donald Glover returning to the role (though I really don’t think they’d re-cast it, so it’s probably either Glover or Billy Dee Williams).
And as one other tidbit, I still wonder if we’ll see Dryden Vos show up in The Bad Batch, since his character model was created for a brief cameo in The Clone Wars season seven. Since we’ve already seen that another one of the models created for a brief cameo (Depa Billaba and Caleb Dume) showed up in the series, I wouldn’t be surprised if Dryden does too. And that could mean we’ll see some ties to Solo coming in the animated form, which would be cool too.
At the end of the day, I just want to see more from these characters and actors, and I’m hoping that Disney+ makes it possible for more Solo stories!