Solo comes out this month as the second Star Wars “story” movie — meaning a spinoff of the main series.
For fans who haven’t caught on, every other year, Star Wars will release a spin-off movie that has nothing to do with the current trilogy they are working on. The first was Rogue One and now Han Solo gets his own solo movie.
In an interview with Esquire, new Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich said something he shouldn’t have said — what, with all those non-disclosure agreements Disney likes so much. Ehrenreich said that he was signed up for three movies. He realized — too late — that he said too much and the words went out for the world to see.
That put Disney and Lucas Film in action in trying to cover it up.
That happened with director Ron Howard — who took over the Solo movie from the fired Chris Miller and Phil Lord when the allegedly couldn’t get Ehrenreich to mimic Harrison Ford perfectly enough — spoke to Fandango.
According to Howard, the three-picture deal does not guarantee that Alden Ehrenreich will have three Han Solo movies to star in. It doesn’t even mean that Han Solo will be back in one of these spin-off movies. It just means that Disney has that option.
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.
Ron Howard said that the young actors are more than ready for the big opportunity but when it comes to Disney and Lucas Film, it all comes down to how the fans react to the movie, and whether the fans even want to see more of a young Han Solo after this first outing.
Solo, A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, and while the pre-ticket sales are amazing, the reaction by fans after it arrives will determine if Ehrenreich gets any more chances to fly the Millenium Falcon.