• David Amelotti

Six Star Wars characters fans want in "Solo" Sequel if Disney Decides to #MakeSolo2Happen

Have you felt the tremor in the force as millions of fans across the galaxy reach out to will a sequel to the 2018 Solo: A Star Wars story into the living force? It's real. All week, The Beyond The Blast Doors network is joining in the celebration of Star Wars fandom and offering our support to the #MakeSolo2Happen social media campaign. Props to The Resistance Broadcast for starting the movement a year ago with Make Solo 2 Happen day in 2019.

The BTBD fam is going one extra step all week as we countdown to the big day, May 25th. In this article we will explore six characters we want to see return or make a cameo in the hopefully already in development, Solo 2.


Jabba The Hutt

Anyone who has watched Solo: A Star Wars Story will agree this is an obvious choice perfectly setup like a golf ball on a three inch tee with a two hundred yard wide fairway. Star Wars in recent years has gotten the war movie in Rogue One and the slapstick popcorn flick with solo but what about a mob-like story of the Hutt crime family dealing with a galactic size betrayal by other crime groups or an emerging crime syndicate, Crimson Dawn? The Hutt family is desperate and enlists a young smuggler and a walking carpet in a hunk of junk as a decoy in an effort to trick the competition into an imperial trap? It's maybe not the most compelling fan fiction but a Godfather-like Star Wars story could be compelling.


The Grand Inquisitor

The Empire continues to rise like a phoenix throughout the galaxy but instead of peace its emblem brings fear and desperation to the planets it occupies. If you need some backgroud,

the Grand Inquisitor was/is the highest-ranking Inquisitor of the Galactic Empire. The Pau'an male and former Jedi Temple Guard known only as the Grand Inquisitor, and sometimes the Inquisitor, held this title, and was ranked above other Inquisitors. As Grand Inquisitor, he reported to Darth Vader, a Dark Lord of the Sith, and hunted Jedi who had survived the Great Jedi Purge.


This would be a fun way to get some lightsabers in a "Solo" sequel and it would give the flexibility of having a Vader cameo. But if we're being honest, we would take a Vader-less story if it enabled to see this character on screen again. It would be a THRILL to see the Grand Inquisitor in live action, played by Jason Isaac's who voiced the character in Star Wars

Rebels. It helps that Isaac in a recent interview admitted that if he could be one character on his resume it would be the Grand Inquisitor because, "He has the coolest lightsaber in the galaxy." And yes, Lucius Malfoy is the voice of Grand Inquisitor. A great piece of trivia that could possibly stump some of the most knowledgeable Star Wars fans.


Lando

This is a difficult ask for Lando to return because you still want it to feel like a lot of time has passed when Han and the gang finally lands on Cloud City to visit, "An old friend." It's also challenging because some fans can make the argument Lando stole the show in the original "Solo" movie. Donald Glover found a bottle of Billy Dee William's charm or a can of Colt 45 with some residue under the tab that allowed Glover to transform into Lando. Yes, not an impersonation of Williams or the character Lando like Glover, Childish Gambino, the dude from Community is now actually Lando for many Star Wars fans today.

It was rumored for some time that a Lando spin-off was in development. Glover was even part of the effort to clarify a misquote from Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. In a quote to Entertainment Weekly back in 2018,

“I mean, yeah. I think it would be fun to do,” says Glover. “It would be cool to see, like, Frasier in Space — like, a high-end guy in space. All of these characters are very specific and they have very specific points of view, so it’s always going to be fun to see them traveling around to a planet that is the opposite of what they’re used to…. And all of that seems like it would be fun to write, for sure. But it also is nice to not have to write that. It’s also nice to just, you know, show up in a cape and get pointed in the right direction.”

They can have our money now for whenever they get to making this movie. Some fans have suggested a Lobot cameo, forming a two-for-one package but we prefer to think Lobot doesn't come into the picture until Cloud City. Now if this sequel wants to show Lando landing that gig, by all means, lets get some Lobot.


Qi'ra

The last time we saw Han's first love or most recent love at the time of "Solo" was turning off a hologram transmission from Maul, the leader of the crime organization, Crimson Dawn. In a final scene that surprised fans with the cameo of a hooded son of Dathomir, long thought to be dead by many fans, Qi'ra is revealed to be a larger pawn in the galactic underworld.

The movie ends with Qi'ra ordered to bring Drydon Vos' yacht to Dathomir for she and Maul to work very closely together to deal with the traitorous Beckett. Now to be fair, he's not really a threat at this point but if you haven't seen the movie we encourage you to pause here and start the movie. It's on Disney Plus. You should get the bundle so you can watch The Last Dance on ESPN+.

As we hinted above, what if the threat to the Hutt crime family in this sequel is Crimson Dawn led by a ravaged Maul and Qi'ra? Would fans find this to be too similar to the first film? How could this be done in a way to keep Han away from any exposure to the force? Again, by the time we get to A New Hope, with all of Han's travel, he has never heard of the force. It would be cool to see Ray Park play Maul in live action one last time and have to duel someone randomly like Enfys Nest.


...Speaking of which....


Enfys Nest

A cameo at the request of Postcards From The Galaxy's Edge Creator and Host, Shannon Moran. While this seems unlikely, it's just as unlikely as any other cameo we could toss out

there. Nest's return to the screen means the inclusion of the Rebel Alliance in some form. There is a cool Rogue One tie in with this character too. Nest intended to use the coaxium in "Solo" to help ignite the rebellion, so she gave the coaxium to Saw Gerrera of the Partisans and his young ward, Jyn Erso.

Maul

Maybe the greatest Star Wars villain to be the most underappreciated by even "The Creator" himself. Maul's on screen cameo at the end of the original Solo flick left audiences stunned and wanting to learn more about, "How the hell that is even possible?!" *If we had a nickle for every time we had to tell someone about The Clone Wars...

We don't have a pitch but it would be interesting if the movie kicked off with a massive causality assassination attempt on Jabba's life. The Hutt's trade roots have already been

attacked for months. We know, the phrase "Trade routes," sends a tremor down the left leg. Just go with it. The Hutt has to go into hiding and needs a way to get supplies pushed. That's where you bring in Han. You don't have him go after the actual threat. You need a Cad Bane for that role...Wonder if Cad Bane could pop up in this movie?...


After the pandemonium from Jabba almost getting taken out, you dissolve to space and the planet Dathomir is in the bottom left corner. A familiar yacht falls out of hyper space and cruises to the surface. Qi'ra has returned to Maul and we walk in on Maul's briefing with the syndicate crime lords. There are better writers to create fan fiction but a live-action movie to give me Dathomir and Ray Park back as Maul is a win to me. For consistency sake, Sam Witwer has to voice him. Not that there is anyone else could; if Maul is back, Sam is the voice talent.


Hondo Ohnaka

The last character we would like to see Han and Chewie bump into is Mr. Hondo Ohnaka. The Weequay pirate led the Ohnaka Gang on the Outer Rim world of Florrum during the Clone Wars. Actually, he lives during the entire Skywalker Saga. He found a way to weave himself in the story putting him beside Obi-Wan, Anakin, Ahsoka, and Dooku. He was clever or just lucky enough survive the Clone Wars, the rise and fall of the Empire, and the birth of the First Order and The Resistance. The dude gets around and he could play for any side.


What do you think of our list of characters we want to see return or make a cameo the next "Solo" project? Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @BTBDNET to continue this Star Wars conversation!

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