When Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) released, it faced an uphill battle following a directorial change — Ron Howard took over for Phil Lord and Chris Miller — and the general challenge of recasting Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, who were made famous by Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams, respectively, in the Star Wars original trilogy.
Led by Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo and Donald Glover as Calrissian, with Joonas Suotamo taking over the role of Chewbacca for the late Peter Mayhew, Solo wasn’t the blockbuster hit Star Wars filmmakers are used to (and Disney was undoubtedly hoping for). It brought in only $213 million at the domestic box office.
However, the movie has developed a cult following and #MakeSolo2Happen started trending last year around the second anniversary of the film’s release. Now, three years after Solo: A Star Wars Story hit movie theaters, once are once again begging Disney and Lucasfilm to consider a sequel.
Howard, who became famous as a child actor playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, previously stated that Solo 2 is not in the works:
“Well, there’s no sequel planned now and it’s amazing to be a part of a Star Wars movie that seems to be a kind of underground hit, which is not what you’d expect, but that’s been an odd, strange journey for that movie.”
It’s worth noting that comment was made before Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed the development of nearly a dozen new Star Wars streaming series for Disney+, including a Lando miniseries that Glover and Williams are both rumored to be coming back for. There have also been unconfirmed reports that Disney wants Ehrenreich to come back to the Star Wars franchise.
Thus, it seems the door is certainly open for more Solo stories to be explored one way or another. Let’s take a look at what fans are saying.
#MakeSolo2Happen !!!! i miss them sm [so much] (also fan fact: bcos we were short on movies that year and my aunt wanted to- I watched solo two times in the theater)
— Azula | Trying to make howls coat (@AzulaCrest21) May 25, 2021
Ed Nathanson expressed his support for a Solo sequel when he shared a birthday video from Billy Dee Williams himself:
Awesome anniversary gift from my wife and the smoothest dude EVER from a galaxy far far away…@realbdw #lando #landocalrissian #StarWars #billydeewilliams #billydee #MakeSolo2Happen
Awesome anniversary gift from my wife and the smoothest dude EVER from a galaxy far far away… @realbdw #lando #landocalrissian #StarWars #billydeewilliams #billydee #MakeSolo2Happen pic.twitter.com/ifRsIYBriz
— Ed Nathanson (@EdNathanson) May 25, 2021
A Twitter user named Jason has an optimistic view:
I honestly think #MakeSolo2Happen will happen. Then when you 3 are recording an episode of the podcast on the Millennium Falcon while shooting is happening… it will all have been worth it. #KeepMakingStarWarsFun!!!
I honestly think #MakeSolo2Happen will happen. Then when you 3 are recording an episode of the podcast on the Millennium Falcon while shooting is happening… it will all have been worth it. #KeepMakingStarWarsFun!!! https://t.co/Aqlj24MBu7
— Jason "The NOT very Angry" Ginger (@s7evendaysageek) May 25, 2021
Rob Halfpenny called on Disney+ and Star Wars to listen to fans, something Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau has previously said the Star Wars universe needs to do (and he proved he walks the walk when he reintroduced Luke Skywalker):
how many times will #MakeSolo2Happen trend on twitter, before@disneyplus and @starwars finally do the right thing for us all.
— Rob Halfpenny (@RobHalfpenny) May 25, 2021
The Around the Galaxy podcast polled Star Wars fans, who seem to truly believe Solo 2 has a shot. They posted:
“Never tell me the odds.” 86% of you believe we will get more Solo according to our #makesolo2happen day poll.
— Around the Galaxy ?The #StarWars Fan Talkshow (@ATGcast) May 25, 2021
Finally, Joonas Suotamo — who played Chewie in both Han’s origin story prequel film the Star Wars sequel trilogy — weighed in, thanking Solo fans for their ongoing support:
I loved filming this movie with this incredible cast. Thank you to the fans who continue to express their love and support for SOLO!
I loved filming this movie with this incredible cast. Thank you to the fans who continue to express their love and support for SOLO! pic.twitter.com/5IXkMJ6wlj
— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) May 24, 2021
In addition to Ehrenreich, Glover, and Suotamo, Solo: A Star Wars Story starred Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37, Lando’s droid.
The official description of the Star Wars film reads:
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an epic action-adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, beginning a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
What do you think? Is Solo 2 going to happen?