Despite recent reports that Solo: A Star Wars Story star Alden Ehrenreich is signed on for three movies as Han Solo, director Ron Howard says there are currently no concrete plans for any sequels to the film.
In an interview with Fandango, Howard was asked about the recent reports that Ehrenreich has a three-movie deal with Lucasfilm, and whether Solo: A Star Wars Story will set up any future films with the character. "I think the fans are going to define all of that," Howard responded. "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 continued. "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."
Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, the same day the review embargo for the film will be lifted and a full 10 days prior to the theatrical release, indicating that Lucasfilm is confident in the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise. Based on early projections, the film is currently on track to earn $150 million domestically during its opening weekend, putting it in the neighborhood of what 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story earned in its opening. Should Solo meet or surpass projections, it appears that Lucasfilm may delve further into Han Solo's backstory on the big screen.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film opens May 25.