Ron Howard’s Latest Statement On Han Solo Is Pissing Fans Off, Shows Lack Of Confidence In The Franchise


During an interview with Fandango, Howard was questioned about the recent reports claiming that Ehrenreich has been signed on for a three-film deal with Lucasfilm and whether there are going to be any future Solo movies. “I think the fans are going to define all of that,” Howard replied. “I mean I think that Lucasfilm and Disney in casting actors, and particularly younger actors, want to see what happens and build upon that. Certainly, they want the commitment from the young actors, but there are no concrete plans. I think there’s been a lot of creative energy and now marketing energy going behind this movie.”

“I think these are exactly what they’re meant to be, or what they’re designed to be,” he added. “They’re single movies exploring the galaxy; but of course, as a company, I think they’re going to be very interested to see how people respond to it and take it from there. This whole thing is kind of a cool, ambitious exploration of what the galaxy and the Star Wars sensibility can continue to mean to fans.”

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Solo: A Star Wars Story will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, and that’s the day when the embargo on the movie’s reviews will be lifted, a full ten days before the film hits the theaters. This indicates that Lucasfilm has great confidence in the latest Star Wars franchise outing. Projections are that the movie is likely to earn $150 million domestically during the opening weekend, which will put it in the vicinity of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). If Solo lives up to the projections or does better, Lucasfilm might just go deeper into the origin story of Han Solo on the big screen.

Ron Howard directed Solo: A Star Wars Story is based on a script written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan and the movie stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as LandoCalrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and JoonasSuotamo as Chewbacca, Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, PaulBettany as Dryden Vos and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The movie is scheduled to release on May 25.