We first heard this back in 2016 – and no one was particularly shocked by it then. Signing up your stars for multiple films is pretty standard when you’re dealing with big franchises like Star Wars, even in the (now rare) cases where sequels aren’t planned. I don’t think this means that Solo sequels are a given, but it does give Lucasfilm the option.
In USA Today’s summer movie preview, Solo star Alden Ehrenreich reveals the first scene he filmed, and talked about how young Han differs from the Harrison Ford version. We also get a new picture from that sandy location we’ve seen a few times now.
“What [Ford] did so beautifully for Alden was he talked a lot about what he remembered when he first read Star Wars, and what George had done with Han. Who the character was and the conversations he had for so many years with George about how that character developed,” [Kathleen] Kennedy says. “He gave Alden that kind of insight which was invaluable. There were several times in the course of making the movie where Alden would actually recount some of the things that Harrison had pointed out. I think that was really, really helpful to him.”
We also get confirmation that Solo is keeping Han’s backstory as an orphan, and how that played into his bond with Rey in The Force Awakens.
Head over to Entertainment Weekly for some analysis from Anthony Breznican, who will have some actual reveals for us next week, or below for some (mostly) official stills, including two that aren’t from the trailer.