There’s been a lot of talk lately about Star Wars characters returning to the franchise. Sometimes, in the instances of, say, Ahsoka Tano and Boba Fett, their return is welcomed. Other times seeing a familiar face seems forced and/or unnecessary, as with (Vice Admiral) Amilyn Holdo. But what happens when you expect, and the studio originally intended for characters to return, but they haven’t? The characters of Solo: A Star Wars Story are prime examples. The film is a still bit of an enigma when it comes to its characters returning. Despite the behind-the-scenes debacles with its directors and marketing, Solo was nevertheless fun and entertaining. Plus, its ending left things wide open for Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and Maul. So will we see them again?
Because of the aforementioned debacles, Solo will not get its originally-intended sequels. (Although, there is a strong fan movement for Solo 2, so who knows …) Notwithstanding, we are getting a stand-alone Lando Calrissian series on Disney+ at some point. Assuming Donald Glover will reprise his role as the younger version of the smooth-talking smuggler, Qi’ra making an appearance seems logical, if not likely. If you ask Emilia Clarke, however, her character’s appearance is far from a sure thing.
Will Emilia Clarke reprise her role as Qi’ra?
Fueling speculation of her character’s return to live-action is the fact that Qi’ra makes a comic book appearance in the current War of the Bounty Hunters series from Marvel Comics. So, the question for Emilia Clarke looms omnipresent: Will she return as Qi’ra? She gave her answer on a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast:
“I have heard nothing … absolutely nothing.”
If you were hoping to see Emilia Clarke back as Qi’ra, don’t get discouraged quite yet. Sure, she may not have heard anything at this point, but production of the Lando series is a long way off. There are at least five other shows in the queue ahead of that one. The Book of Boba Fett arrives this December. Then there’s the now-filming Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Andor, and the live-action Ahsoka series as well. Let’s not forget Season 3 of The Mandalorian, either. That begins production in August.
Still, if we had to bet, we’d guess that the recent Qi’ra appearance in the comics is a hint of things to come. As Yoda says, “always in motion, is the future.” We may see Emilia Clarke back in Star Wars yet.