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Holy Sarlaac! Solo's Alden Ehrenreich says that he's signed on to play Han for at least 3 movies

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Apr 24, 2018, 12:16 PM EDT

Hail, Caesar! actor Alden Ehrenreich makes his debut as scoundrel Han Solo on May 25 in the Star Wars anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story, but it may not be his only time spent with the iconic character. During a recent interview with Esquire, Ehrenreich revealed that he's signed up to play Han in at least three movies. 

“I don’t know if that’s officially, uh, public. But — yeah," he reportedly said with a flinch, probably aware of the significance of such a revelation. Which actually makes a lot of sense, given the popularity of the beloved, iconic character — and if the movie becomes the hit many are expecting it to. 

Whereas Rogue One ended moment before the events of A New Hope, Solo (directed by Ron Howard) takes place at least 10 years before Episode IV, opening up multiple avenues for multiple movies. Solo is more of an origin story of how Han became embroiled in the smuggling world, met Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), won the Millennium Falcon from Lando (Donald Glover), and completed the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. Once we get that stuff out of the way, filmmakers can go on any kinds of smuggling adventures with Han and Chewie in, conceivably, an entire Han Solo trilogy. 

Think about it: With a third film, you could even end things with Han heading to Tatooine's Mos Eisley Cantina, which would seamlessly bridge the gap between Solo and A New Hope — in the same way that Rogue One's finale perfectly locked into A New Hope. Yes, fans can only hope.