We’re one month away from the release of the next Star Wars movie. Solo: A Star Wars Story is the latest of the supposed standalone installments of the franchise, separate from the "Skywalker Saga" episodes released in alternate years. Solo focuses on the early years of Han Solo with a recast Alden Ehrenreich in the role made famous by Harrison Ford. We’ll now get to see what the "stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder" was like and what he was doing before he and Chewbacca met up with Luke, the droids and Obi-Wan in the original movie.
Now we’re hearing that it might not be the only installment to present the character’s backstory. Ehrenreich himself let it slip in a new interview with Esquire that he’s signed for three Star Wars movies, saying: "I don’t know if that’s officially, uh, public. But—yeah."
Considering Solo takes place about 10 years before the events of A New Hope, there’s certainly time for more feature-length adventures led by the smuggling scoundrel of the Star Wars galaxy. Or maybe he could simply appear in more of a spin-off sequel centered around Lando Calrissian. Perhaps he would merely cameo in the long-promised Boba Fett movie.
Of course, the contract could also mean nothing. For now, anyway. Felicity Jones also signed a multi-film deal when cast as Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And, well, not to spoil anything, but maybe she could still do something set before that movie. Although Rogue One leads right into A New Hope, there may have been a possibility for some sort of follow-up had it been more positively received. If Solo turns out to be a bigger and more acclaimed hit than what we expect of a Star Wars prequel spin-off now, Lucasfilm could give us more young Han.
Rumor of multiple Solo movies circulated a couple years ago with sources leaking that Ehrenreich had a multi-picture deal and it would depend on response to the first movie. Star Wars is all about trilogies, after all, or has been for most of its run. If Solo is successful enough and fans want more, maybe we’ll get tales of Han and Chewbacca until one of the sequels leads right into the duo’s appearance at the Mos Eisley Cantina sitting opposite a naive young farm boy and an old man looking for a ship to the Alderaan System with no questions asked.