A Star Wars Story Should Have a Sequel (And Not a TV Series)

Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t exactly break the Star Wars franchise, but it did poorly on its release in the spring of 2018, making far less than anticipated on a reported budget in the region of a quarter of a billion dollars. Detractors criticized the film’s extensive and gratuitous fan service, providing backstory for so many aspects of Solo’s life — his second name, the dice hanging in the Millennium Falcon, and how he came to meet Chewbacca — that some reviewers complained about the excess. In May, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy intimated that Solo was officially dead in the water as a continuing project.

this being said, Star Wars is Star Wars, and it wasn’t long after the film’s release before speculation began to mount regarding the possibility of a sequel, either in the form of a movie or a TV series. A campaign on social media last year showed that despite its unimpressive performance at the box office, the film has its fair share of supporters in fan circles. While co-writer Lawrence Kasdan debunked rumors of a Solo-based TV series last month in an interview for Inverse, he declared himself ready and willing to pitch in on a movie sequel in spite of Kennedy’s pronouncement.


Here’s why we think that’s a good idea.

Lady Proxima and Solo’s Seedy Underworld

Much fan discussion of Solo focused on the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate, and for a good reason: it reintroduced Darth Maul to the live-action films. Perhaps the most memorable character in the underwhelming prequel Star Wars: The Phantom Menacethe revelation that Maul was, in fact, the linchpin of Crimson Dawn offers one of Solo‘s highlights.

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But one of the film’s most interesting segments focused not on Crimson Dawn but on another gang of low-life criminals depicted on the planet Corellia, where we catch up with a teenaged Han working for Lady Proxima, a serpent-like low-level crime boss working out of a sewer.

Proxima was voiced by Linda Hunt, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work opposite Sigourney Weaver and Mel Gibson in Peter Weir’s 1982 masterpiece The Year of Living Dangerously. Hunt brought a suitable menace and sinisterness to the part, and the way in which Proxima’s brief appearance ended — the serpent is forced to retreat underwater having been burned by sunlight thanks to Han’s gambit — allows for more confrontation and the settling of scores in a sequel.

More Lando, Please

The film’s great scene stealer is Donald Glover as Lando. No one could say that Billy Dee Williams did anything other than an excellent job in his origination of the role, as the rapturous reception to his appearance at Star Wars convention demonstrations. But Glover’s portrayal of the character — suave, sophisticated, cool to a fault — was one of Solo‘s highlights, garnish rave reviews across the board, and offering a nuanced, take on Williams’ original.

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The makers were quick to recognize how audiences chimed with Glover, and in late 2020 it was announced that a standalone TV series dedicated to Lando was in the works at Disney+. However, little was heard about the project until earlier this year, when Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that development was continuing, though contingent on the availability of Glover. While a spinoff of the spinoff might throw up some interesting stories, placing the character back in the Soloverse would give Glover an opportunity to rekindle his chemistry with Alden Ehrenreich, whose star is rising once again as his star turn in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Oppenheimer awaits release.

A Sequel, Not a TV Series, Is Best for Solo

As fans of Star Trek know, however, sometimes switching formats is the preferred gambit of the studios, and countless column inches have been extended on a Solo TV series. This was, in fact, the favored option for continuing Solo‘s story as recently as the summer of 2020, when CBR reported that a series was in the works.

A TV show certainly worked for The Mandalorian, whose first and second seasons received largely positive reviews and which looks set for a fourth season after the premiere of season three next February. But then again, that was a story designed for TV from the get-go. given Solo‘s lack of TV bona fides, it may simply be less risky to opt for a film sequel with a standalone story. The more limited runtime eliminates the risk of padding (something that even The Mandalorian was guilty of halfway through the run when the pacing slackened noticeably).

A tight, exciting adventure, answering one or two of the more pressing questions left open in the first movie — what happened to Qi’ra, for example — would go some way toward ensuring a more vaunted place for the spinoff in the Star Wars universe.

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