Well, duh. Seemingly not content with simply making fans of Star Wars explode their collective brains over the news that we are getting a whole new trilogy (with the first film to be directed by no less than J.J. Abrams!), Disney is now confirmed to be crafting stand-alone spin-off films that focus on beloved Star Wars characters. The first rumored star of such a film is tiny sage Yoda, and now EW adds to the fray with news that both Han Solo and Boba Fett could be getting their own films. The mind reels.
The outlet reports that “sources close to the projects confirmed this was the direction the development was taking, although they cautioned it’s still very early in the process and, well, the deal could always be altered further.” As of now, the rumor is that one film would be “a young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story” with the other billed as “a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum.” Admit it, those sound pretty awesome.
Additionally, EW shares that the Han film would “take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars…so although it’s possible Harrison Ford could appear as a framing device, the movie would require a new actor for the lead.” Well, yeah. As for that Boba Fett timeline? It would “take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit.” Of course, no worries on casting there, since the bounty hunter never took off his helmet (okay, now the mind really reels).
Also of note? These films would mean that Darth Vader would get to come back as a villain, and even Jabba the Hutt could come slide in for more. I’ve passed out now.
But, again, just for clarity – these Han and Boba Fett spin-offs are unconfirmed by Disney who, at least as of yesterday, seemed shy about announcing just who their new stand-alone films will focus on. Basically, stay tuned for more rumors.