Two 'Star Wars' Spin-Offs to Focus on Young Han Solo & Boba Fett
After rumors swirled of the first standalone Star Wars film (just confirmed yesterday by Disney CEO Bob Iger) would follow Jedi Master Yoda, many fans voiced their desire for a film following Boba Fett or Han Solo instead. Well, Disney knew that and EW has learned that two separate spin-off films about each character are being plotted. The Han Solo film will be an origin story of the smart-ass smuggler while the Boba Fett film will put him at the center of an adventure, with Fett being the focal point of an entire hive of galactic scum and villainy. So what's the timeline for either of these new standalone films? Details below!
As for the Han Solo story, it would take place sometime between Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars (or rather A New Hope). Therefore Harrison Ford will not be able to play the scoundrel unless he's used as a bookend, which would be a somewhat annoying, much like the extended use of Ian Holm and Elijah Wood to frame The Hobbit trilogy. That means that someone younger or around the same age as a 35-year old Harrison Ford (which is how old he was when he made Star Wars) would have to be found. We might have some suggestions if you stay tuned.
Meanwhile, the Boba Fett film will happen sometime between the episodes of the original Star Wars trilogy, but it's not clear whether it will be between Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back, or the middle sequel and Return of the Jedi. On this side of things, it's not really important as to who will play Boba Fett as he likely won't be seen without his helmet. Temuera Morrison's voice might have to be used though since Boba Fett is just a clone of Jango Fett, and his voice was actually used to replace the original voice of the bounty hunter in the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the original trilogy, following the release of the prequels. Of course, it's not customary to follow a lead with an obscured face for the whole film, so maybe a more prominent leading man will be picked.
But that's not all. Since the timeline of these films happens after Revenge of the Sith and before Return of the Jedi, EW hints that Darth Vader might be brought back as a villain. Though Vader's dealings with Boba Fett aren't really questionable, it's a little harder to fathom that Han Solo would encounter Darth Vader in his normal dealings. Imperial forces is one thing, but Darth Vader being a nemesis for Han Solo seems contrived. Being one of the most iconic characters in Star Wars, you can be sure Disney will figure out some way to use him.
But who will direct these films? Well, Joe Johnston has already expressed interest in a Boba Fett film, even before all this Disney and Lucasfilm action started happening. Meanwhile, Robert Rodriguez recently said he would jump at the opportunity to direct a Han Solo film. Either way, I'm sure Disney already has a list of filmmakers they want to approach for these spin-offs. As of now Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are supposed to write two standalone Star Wars films, and it sounds like these might be those very projects. But we're not sure who will direct which film. Kasdan has worked with these characters before in scripting The Empire Strikes Back, so either one would be great for him.
Any way you slice it, this is extremely exciting, and we can't wait to see how this turns out. Thoughts?