Emilia Clarke, who plays Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story, discusses her prospective comeback to the franchise over 5 years after the film’s release. Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was released in 2018 to generally excellent reviews from critics, portrays the formative years in the life of legendary smuggler Han Solo. Harrison Ford played the character for the first time in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, and he would go on to repeat his role in a number of sequels. However, in the character’s prequel adventure film, Alden Ehrenreich plays Han, with Clarke’s Qi’ra functioning as Solo’s erstwhile ally.
Clarke discusses whether she would be open to reprising her role as Qi’ra in another Star Wars production in a recent interview with IndieWire at the Sundance Film Festival. The performer, who will make her MCU debut in Secret Invasion this spring, says she isn’t actively seeking to return to a galaxy far, far away, but she wouldn’t be opposed to it either.
Why is a SOLO sequel unlikely to happen?
Although Solo: A Star Wars Story received generally excellent reviews, a sequel is becoming increasingly doubtful, according to Lucasfilm. When it comes to films receiving sequels, box office success is by far the most important criterion, and the Han Solo prequel disappointed significantly in this regard. Solo: A Star Wars Story is commonly estimated to have had a production budget of roughly $275 million, making its box office collection of $393 million a bit of a letdown, especially when press and marketing expenditures are taken into account. In fact, it is still the lowest-grossing film in the Star Wars trilogy. From a purely financial sense, the prequel simply did not perform as expected by Disney and Lucasfilm and did nothing to indicate the audience’s desire for another picture.
To put another nail in the coffin, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy stated earlier this year that Solo: A Star Wars Story was a big learning experience for her and the company, stating that future recasting’s of legendary characters “seem so plainly evident that we can’t do that.” In an interview last month, Howard revealed that a sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story is not a priority for Lucasfilm and that “the only conversation that [he’s] aware of regarding a sequel for Solo is coming from the fans at this moment.” However, the director stated that Lucasfilm does listen to fans, implying that if enough noise is made, there is still a chance.
At this moment, it appears like if Emilia Clarke, who plays Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story, discusses her prospective comeback to the franchise over 5 years after the film’s release. character does return, it will be in a Star Wars property that isn’t a direct sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story. The film takes place between the events of the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, implying that a program set during the same time period, such as Andor, may conceivably bring Qi’ra back. Even that appears to be exceedingly implausible. The Donald Glover Lando Calrissian Disney+ project, which looks to be on Disney’s backburner at the moment, is presently the greatest option for seeing more of Qi’ra’ and even a young Han.