Star Wars Rebels features a number of references connecting the series to the events of Rogue One, but can fans expect Solo to get a similar treatment? Series producer Dave Filoni says that you shouldn’t count on it.
Leia Organa appeared prominently in a Season 2 episode of Star Wars Rebels, and Luke had a cameo as a boy running in the distance at the end of an episode from Season 3 – leading to some speculation that Han might also have a cameo to round out the original trio. However, when speaking with i09, Filoni explained that fans shouldn’t expect to see Han Solo on the show at all:
“I don’t know if there’s anything Ezra Bridger could really add to the saga of a Han Solo type character. We already had Lando in our show, but we have to be careful about it being a variety show. We’ve had a lot of characters come in and out and I always get worried about small galaxy syndrome.”
The number of references to Rogue One make a lot of sense, given that the series began five years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope (a movie which Rogue One is a direct prequel to) and is set to end less than a year before the battles over Scarif and Yavin IV. However, Solo is set over the course of several years in the past, apparently ending before even the first season of Rebels took place – so if the show was going to reference the new movie, then they already missed their window to do that. However, Filoni wouldn’t rule some allusions to content featured in the spin-off:
“There is some rationale that, if she should survive Star Wars Rebels, being an ace pilot, it seems more likely that Hera would be the one that knows someone like Han Solo. I’ve had rather large arguments about which ship is better, the Ghost or the Falcon, but that doesn’t really seem relevant for anything [the Rebels] are doing.”
The series will likely conclude before Solo hits theaters, so it’s unlikely that they’d be willing to outright spoil elements of the Star Wars spin-off. With that said, there’s still a chance that an alien species or a ship design could sneak its way into one of the last few episodes.
Star Wars Rebels airs on Monday nights. The series features the voice cast of Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus, Lars Mikkelsen as Grand Admiral Thrawn, and Warwick Davis as Rukh.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters on May 25, 2018. Its cast includes Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany, Ian Kenny, and Warwick Davis.
8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See
May the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.
Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.
Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!
Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!