Rumor: First 'Star Wars' Spin-Off to Focus on Death Star Plans Heist
Hot on the heels of news when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will arrive, a new rumor has popped up about the first spin-off that will come one year after Episode VII hits theaters. We already know the film will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards with a script from Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta. Now SlashFilm has learned from a variety of sources that the first Star Wars spin-off will focus on one of the most important plot points in the saga's history. However. this is something that we've never seen played out or discussed in detail on the big screen: the heist to obtain the plans to the original Death Star.
This is just a rumor for now, so don't take this as fact, but the scoop says that the film will focus on a group of bounty hunters who are recruited to get the plans to the Death Star for the Rebel Alliance. Many have probably assumed that it was the rebels themselves to got the plans before handing them off to Princess Leia and R2-D2, but again, because we don't know the details of how the plans were obtained, anything can happen. So it sounds like we'll be getting Ocean's Eleven in the Star Wars universe, which sounds like a pretty promising concept, at least in theory.
This is certainly outside of the possible spin-offs we've heard about, which included movies focusing on younger Boba Fett, Han Solo, Yoda and even a squadron of rebel pilots, but at least one of those characters has the potential to pop up in this film. Boba Fett could even make for an interesting adversary for this ragtag team of new bounty hunters tasked with the very event that results in Luke Skywalker joining the fight against the rebellion. We're assuming they're not the same line-up of bounty hunters we saw in the original trilogy, because it wouldn't make sense for the Empire to hire the same bounty hunters to find our heroes in The Empire Strikes Back if there was a chance they also stole the Death Star plans. But of course, they're bounty hunters, so doing work for the highest bidder would make sense, no matter what side it was for. The source doesn't know if Boba Fett is involved, so this is all speculation, but there is one interesting detail they've heard.
Reportedly, the Millennium Falcon will be involved in the film somehow, but considering Han Solo wasn't working with the rebels before he encountered Luke (he was pretty adverse to the idea if you remember correctly), then that means someone else would have to be in command of the Falcon., because Han Solo is not a character in this movie. There's a chance that maybe in this time period the ship still belongs to Lando Calrissian, but considering that the plans would have to be stolen and then handed off to Princess Leia, that doesn't leave much of a time window for Han Solo to win the ship off Lando after this heist takes place. These foggy details are why this is just a big rumor.
In addition, another piece of information that seems incomplete is that of a new character from Episode VII who will be involved in this spin-off. That means it wouldn't be one of the iconic heroes, and it likely also leaves off the younger characters in Episode VII because it would be a little over 30 years before the events of The Force Awakens. SlashFilm theorizes that it could be Max Von Sydow's character who ends up being utilized in this prequel, but we don't know anything about his character to consider that a viable theory.
Anyway, this gives us some food for thought when it comes to what kind of stories we can expect from these Star Wars spin-offs. Personally, I'm glad that with this first one they're not just focusing on the origin of a single character, because we've seen how prequels can go awry an ruin the mystique of various franchises, even outside of Star Wars. This pivotal event in the Star Wars timeline is a great adventure story with the opportunity to introduce a new cast of characters and deliver some unique action in the form of a heist, something we really haven't seen in Star Wars before. Sound good?