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Young Han Solo and Boba Fett to each get their own STAR WARS standalone film.

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 11:02 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Disney is not messing around.  Just yesterday Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that the studio is developing standalone Star Wars films that will exist outside of the new trilogy, with a rumor surfacing that one such film could focus on Yoda. Though Star Wars: Episode VII will be the first new movie out of the gate, with J.J. Abrams at the helm, fans have now started to speculate on the nature of these new standalone Star Wars films.  We know that screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) are working on the spinoff movies, and the larger question has been whether they would focus on new characters in other parts of the Star Wars universe or whether Disney and Lucasfilm would instead focus on existing favorites.  It appears that the answer is the latter, as word now comes that two of the standalone Star Wars films in development center on the separate adventures of Boba Fett and a young Han Solo.

Per EW, two of the spinoff projects currently in development are “a young Han Solo saga, focusing on the smuggler’s origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum.” The Han Solo story apparently takes place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, so we would be delving into the character’s exploits before he meets young Luke Skywalker.  There is a trilogy of novels that follow a young Han Solo from age 9, until he enters the cantina that would change his life.  They are great reads that show us how Han and Chewie met, his fallout with Lando, his first love (who ironically ended up as part of the mission to steal the original Death Star plans), why Jabba is looking for him, and of course how he came into possession of the Millennium Falcon.  I cannot recommend the series more highly.

Han Solo Trilogy

The Boba Fett movie, meanwhile, will take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back or between Empire and Return of the Jedi. Seeing as how Fett seemingly met his maker during Jedi, the time period for the character is a bit more constrained.  Both films will require all-new casting, so we hopefully won’t be saddled with a forced framing device featuring old Harrison Ford.

Here’s where things get interesting, though: as these films take place during the original trilogy, it offers Disney and Lucasfilm the chance to revisit some of George Lucas’ iconic characters. Indeed, we could quite possibly see the return of Darth Vader or even Jabba the Hutt. We know that Kasdan and Kinberg are separately writing the Star Wars spinoffs, but it’s unknown which project each scribe is currently working on.  Furthermore, as with all developing projects, these films could eventually change significantly or be scrapped altogether. That said, Iger seemed adamant about Star Wars spinoffs being released in between Episodes 7, 8, and 9, so I think it’s more likely that the Boba Fett and Han Solo movies come to fruition.

The question now turns to what filmmakers would be the best fits for these movies.  Joe Johnston has made no secret of his desire to make a Boba Fett movie in the past, and given his relationship with Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy, I don’t think his involvement is out of the question.

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    • thejerd

      Well, I fear we aren't going to see our Editor-in-Chief for a few days as he marathon pleasures himself non-stop in celebration…

    • I'm picking up what you're puttin' down. I can't wait to hear all the fuss about casting choices. Quick, someone make a list! I'm thinking the kid from Role Models as a young Lando, and Kenny "Bud," from the Cosby Show as an older Lando. DO IT.

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