As O'Shea Jackson Jr. promotes his new film Cocaine Bear, in which he also stars with Alden Ehrenreich, the actor expressed his enthusiasm to return to the Star Wars universe, which is the franchise that Jackson and Ehrenreich had their chance to be known for. Both Jackson and Ehrenreich have played important roles in Star Wars as Kawlan Roken and Han Solo, respectively.
In an interview with Screen Rant, Jackson and Ehrenreich discussed returning to the intergalactic franchise. Jackson expressed his desire to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. He pitched an idea about a potential Solo and Kawlan heist project that he and Ehrenreich could work on if given the chance.
“Hell yeah! You know, I've been waiting by my phone since Obi-Wan Kenobi wrapped. I'm waiting for that email to pop up, baby. I've been trying to figure out timelines, like y'all could [have] Han with Kawlan Roken.” said Jackson.
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Jackson also noted that he doesn’t mind if he has to wear prosthetics or have gray hair to do the heist project. “It's fine. I don't care. Whatever we got to do, we both toted blasters, let's do it. Let's get this party going, man. Quit playing. Don't cheat us, treat us.” he expressed.
The chances for Kawlan Roken and Han Solo to cross paths are inevitable because the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story and Obi-Wan Kenobi take place around the same time, at the height of the Empire's power before the rebellion begins.
Kawlan works with a secret underground system to keep force-sensitive people out of the Empire's clutches, which easily ties him to smugglers, which is where Han Solo comes in. Han also demonstrated sympathy for those fighting oppression at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which could make him sympathetic to Roken's situation.
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Many fans have been advocating for a second Solo film starring Ehrenreich to have the chance to delve deeper into Han's past while also connecting the smuggling and post-Order 66 Jedi storylines. But in December, Ron Howard addressed the possibility of the sequel, “The only discussion that I’m aware of about a sequel for ‘Solo’ is coming from the fans at this point," he said to NME. "I don’t think it’s a Lucasfilm priority, as I understand it.”
Cocaine Bear will hit the cinemas on February 24, 2023.