At one time it may have seemed as if the Star Wars movie franchise was too popular to fail. When Solo was released in 2018, however, the previously unthinkable occurred: the prequel flopped financially. Yes, even though the film largely earned positive reviews from critics, that acclaim didn’t translate into box-office gold. And Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy apparently knows exactly what went wrong.
Back in 1977 a then-fairly unknown actor named Harrison Ford took the role of Han Solo in an unheralded movie called Star Wars. Little did Ford or the film’s makers know at the time, though, that Star Wars’ release would ultimately usher in one of the biggest cinematic franchises of all time. The Millennium Falcon’s captain would end up becoming a truly beloved character to boot.
In fact, Solo appeared in each of the original Star Wars trilogy movies despite Ford’s request that his character be killed off in Return of the Jedi. Star Wars creator George Lucas ultimately thought differently, however, and so the smuggler ended the film alive, well and continuing his relationship with Princess Leia.