Reports are starting to circle out there that Alden Ehrenreich is going to be making a return as Han Solo in the Star Wars cinematic universe. Solo may have underperformed to such a degree it forced a rethink at Disney and Lucasfilm, but that movie was far from the worst thing Lucasfilm has put out with the Star Wars badge on it. Unwanted, unasked for, and a troubled production, but not without merit. The Star Wars Anthology movies could, and should have, been the most interesting thing in this new iteration of Star Wars. A tone-deaf approach and panicked response, both from Lucasfilm, nixed that.
Once more we ask how people are still in a job over there? Anyway…
This is unconfirmed scuttlebutt on the internet, picked up by the fine fellows over at Giant Freakin Robot, so as such it gets one of these:
Alden Ehrenreich will apparently return in the upcoming Star Wars film directed by Dave Filoni. This live-action film will be set during the New Republic era, between the original trilogy and the sequel trilogy, the same time period as The Mandalorian. Han hasn’t experienced patricide yet, and Leia hasn’t got all tired and needed to lie down, so they are both still around. Filoni and Jon Favreau have previously hinted that this will be an ensemble film, containing characters from The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, as well as upcoming shows like Ahsoka and Skeleton Crew.
Filoni knows his Star Wars, and likes to bring in characters from other stories, such as the Wookiee Black Krrsantan coming across from a Darth Vader comic. Ehrenreich himself has always carried himself well, speaking positively and without any bitterness around the issues surrounding Star Wars and his time in that universe. Is the time of his return at hand?
Or is all of this stuff circling the drain, to be flushed away when Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny craters, Disney can no longer pretend everything is fine at Lucasfilm, and new leadership takes over who sets a complete change of direction? This summer, the politics may be more interesting than the product in theaters.
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