Yesterday, as part of the Walt Disney Company’s quarterly earnings report, CEO Bob Iger acknowledged the existence of plans to create spin-off films within the Star Wars universe. Speculation started to run rampant among Star Wars fans young and old as to who would be the character or characters that the studio would choose to focus on when the time came.
Everyone from Yoda to Han Solo, Boba Fett, and many others were rumored to be the one
However, according to Entertainment Weekly, their sources have informed them that the two characters getting their own films will be a young Han Solo and Bob Fett. Before you go, ‘What? The bad guys,’ we all know that when it comes to Star Wars you can’t help but cheer for the not-so-good guys and the anti-heroes.
Now, at this point, neither Lucasfilm nor Disney has made a comment on the matter, so this is truly in the hands of EW’s sources.
According to EW, the Han Solo film would be a bit of an origin story for him. Something that would take place in between the end of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
While one would absolutely love to see Harrison Ford take up the reins of the intergalactic scoundrel once again, if that timeframe is indeed true, they will more than likely have to find someone quite a bit younger. I mean, Ford was already in his mid-30’s when the original Star Wars was released in theaters in 1977.
The premise of the Boba Fett film is a little more open. His story could presumably take place anywhere between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back or between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Let’s be honest, though. We all know we want to know if by some miracle he made it out of the Sarlacc’s mouth. He is Boba Fett after all.
According to Iger, the duo working on the stand-alone projects is Simon Kinberg, who most recently wrote the script for X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the script for Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and most recently, Director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII.
Right now, as these projects are still in the incredibly early stages, there is no word as to who would be brought into direct these films, or who would be portraying the characters on the screen.
In the event that either, or both, of these projects do come into fruition, who would you like to see cast in the two main roles? Is there anyone in Hollywood today that you feel could hold a candle to the performances that we are used to seeing from our classic Star Wars films?