"No plans" for Solo sequel on Disney Plus: Ron Howard squashes Star Wars spinoff rumors - Dexerto
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Star Wars director Ron Howard responds to Solo sequel Disney Plus rumors

Published: 30/Jul/2020 6:23 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:41

by Isaac McIntyre

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Venerated director Ron Howard has quashed growing industry rumors that ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ has quietly had a Disney Plus sequel greenlit behind the scenes, in an attempt to revive Han Solo’s original three-film prequel series.

2018’s Solo was one of the biggest flops of Disney’s new Star Wars empire. It arrived just six months after the most divisive release in the franchise yet, The Last Jedi, and was the first Disney flick to cop mounting fan backlash on its bottom line.

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The spinoff movie rewound the Star Wars clock, all the way back to a decade prior to events of A New Hope, and told Han Solo and Chewbacca’s origin story before their iconic meeting with Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Mos Eisley cantina.

Solo (2018) is set ten years before Han and Chewie walk into the Mos Eisley cantina.
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Solo (2018) is set ten years before Han and Chewie walk into the Mos Eisley cantina in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

At the time, lead actor Alden Ehrenreich inked a three-year deal, and it looked like ‘Solo’ was locked in for a prequel trilogy. The first film debuted with a whimper, however ⁠— Solo brought in just $11.4 million in its opening weekend, far below Disney’s predicted $340 million.

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The trilogy plan was suspended, and it looked like Solo’s bold plan had been scuppered just a single film into its run. That is, until new rumors rumbled to life earlier this month, suggesting Disney was planning a secret Solo revival.

Ehrenreich himself was the first to set the flame ablaze, telling Esquire he’d “heard soooome stuff, but nothing concrete.” Soon after, CBR reported that the idea of taking Solo to Disney Plus had “evolved greatly” so far this year.

Unfortunately, it looks like those rumors may have just been chins wagging ⁠— and Star Wars fans crossing fingers ⁠— after director Ron Howard spoke about the chance of a Solo sequel on New York radio show SiriusXM this week.

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“It’s amazing to be part of a Star Wars movie that seems to be a kind of underground hit, which is not what you expect. It’s been an odd, strange journey for that film,” he said in regards to a rumored Solo followup. “[But], there’s no sequel planned now.”

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Star Wars fans may be waiting a while to get their Han Solo fill, says Ron Howard.

Howard may not be coming back to the Star Wars franchise any time soon, but his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard has actually been hard at work with the popular Disney Plus show The Mandalorian. She directed Season 1’s fourth episode.

The Mandalorian season 2 is expected to hit Disney+ sometime in October 2020. It will be followed by animated Clone Wars spinoff The Bad Batch, which Star Wars announced would be coming to streaming services in mid-2021.

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Disney seems to be doubling down on Disney Plus now. Donald Glover is rumored to be returning as Lando for a new series, while Hayden Christensen may also make his Anakin Skywalker return in 2022’s planned Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.