Today, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Lucasfilm is already planning for and working on two standalone films! The first will be a “young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story”, with the second focusing on “a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum”.
They had some details to report after talking to a reliable source:
The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, so although it’s possible Harrison Ford could appear as a framing device, the movie would require a new actor for the lead — one presumably much younger than even the 35-year-old Ford when he appeared in the 1977 original.
The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Return of the Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication – in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who’s still the right age for the part if his services were required.
The timing of these standalone films is curious. Taking place during the original trilogy will allow for the inclusion of many characters now dead (Vader!), but will obviously require an entire re-casting for the characters.
Rumors are also afloat that we may see a Yoda spinoff, but the EW story did not mention our favorite midget.
Disney CEO confirmed that Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) are working on the spin-off screenplays.
There’s no set release date for either spin-off, but chances are good that we’ll see them after the release of Star Wars VII.