Two 'Star Wars' Spin-Offs to Focus on Young Han Solo & Boba Fett

February 6, 2013

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?

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Tickets. Bought.

Nick Sears on Feb 6, 2013


Bought tickets for a movie that hasnt even been made yet. I admire your enthusiasm lmao

LosZombies on Feb 6, 2013


So that's Shia LaBeouf sorted then.

El_MUERkO on Feb 6, 2013



steven on Feb 6, 2013



BinaryChaos on Feb 6, 2013


Young Lando. The Kessel Run. Ohh, so many possibilities!

Big Boss on Feb 6, 2013


the Prequels suck=make more prequels

si1ver on Feb 7, 2013


Did I not call this or what

John Stamos on Feb 6, 2013


Not sure I like the idea of standalone movies so soon? Why not just take a story arch from the novels and comics and make that into a trilogy? Or plan out Episode X, XI and XII? Ofc, I(and everyone else) will see whatever they serve...

David Banner on Feb 6, 2013


I love it, a post-Episode 3+pre-Episode 4 film about Solo sounds cool, and any Boba Fett film that takes place anywhere in the series sounds great as well. I'm confident that Boba Fett will also return for the new trilogy. I REALLY hope they have Morrison reprise the voice, for consistency's sake.

Chris Groves on Feb 6, 2013


I'm down with a Boba Fett movie but I'd rather have exclusively new stories after that. Unless they have absolutely nothing to do with The Trilogy because otherwise they are just gonna taint the Trilogy (see: the Star Wars prequels).

si1ver on Feb 7, 2013


Not if they do it right. I mean, there are only so many characters from the OT they can make movies about. Outside of Yoda, Han Solo, Boba Fett, and maybe a film about Vader hunting down Jedi...which characters would warrant a good, interesting spin-off? Not Luke, or Leia...the droids MAYBE as long as they are in the midst of a much bigger story.

Chris Groves on Feb 7, 2013



Xerxexx on Feb 6, 2013


Milking the franchise awesomely, they are!

Fidel Reyes on Feb 6, 2013


This franchise has been milked already. They are simply re-launching it as a movie franchise. Lucas let EVERY aspect of this property run wild EXCEPT the films...which is the one thing every one likes/wants the most. So yeah, I'm glad that we are going to get multiple films that interconnect and give us interesting stories about fan-favorite characters. As long as they are GOOD, who cares?

Chris Groves on Feb 6, 2013


I don't mind it at all as long as we get some awesome movies I'm in!

Fidel Reyes on Feb 6, 2013


My bad, I mistook what you are getting it. Yeah, as long as they milk it in an awesome way, I'm up for it.

Chris Groves on Feb 6, 2013


Don't worry it's cool it's cool, because honestly I want to see these spin off films great way to refreshen up the movie franchise and we could get a different take on the franchise, as long as it stays good (script wise and character developed wise) and it stays loyal to the star wars mythology, so yeah as long as it's awesome and we get our money's worth I'm happy they're well, milking it.

Fidel Reyes on Feb 6, 2013


Hey Disney, why don't you concentrate on making ONE DECENT FILM before you saturate the theaters with this franchise. Quality over quantity, please!

racquetman on Feb 6, 2013


‎"You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you're selling it."

Matt Peloquin on Feb 6, 2013


I guess if you throw enough darts at a board, a few of them are bound to stick. Your Jurassic Park quote sums up my position pretty well.

racquetman on Feb 6, 2013


Lucas already did the whole 'packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox' thing. He turned Star Wars into a multi-media brand. We've had countless books, countless comics, countless video games...but films has always been where the limitation was. So yeah, of COURSE once a studio gets the right to make new films, they will clearly have big plans. We finally get to experience some of the coolest story idea as high quality films instead of having to resort to other mediums. I'm excited.

Chris Groves on Feb 6, 2013


Cast Bradley Cooper as Han Solo!!

Dawn on Feb 6, 2013


That was my first thought! Cant think of anyone else who comes even close!

Meici AlterRed on Feb 6, 2013


Josepth Gordon-Levitt would make a better young Solo, with Looper as credit to his skills at playing a young Willis.

Steven on Feb 6, 2013


I agree...they can't get someone who appears the be the same age as or older than Ford did in A New Hope. This is supposed to be about a younger Han Solo.

Chris Groves on Feb 6, 2013


YES!! YES!!!

Not Angry Lester on Feb 6, 2013


Josh Holloway for Solo please! His whole Sawyer-character on Lost was one big tribute to Han Solo, and with J.J. Abrams being involved in Star Wars I can definitely imagine Holloway becoming one of the frontrunners for the role. He'd nail it.

marvelfan on Feb 6, 2013


I'm 35 in a few weeks. Guess I'll have to take the role, huh? Fine. I'll do it.

Adam Collins on Feb 6, 2013


Personally, I think that a stand alone Jar Jar Binks would be more interesting than any attempt on Han Solo with Harrison Ford

Anne on Feb 6, 2013


Nice to see the Star Wars cow has found a permanent chute to be forced fed and milked for the next 20 years.

berlingoff on Feb 6, 2013


Who is force feeding you? No one is making you watch it or even reading about it. Can't please the fanbois amnd nerds.

Sanka on Feb 7, 2013


Ben Foster or Michael Fassbender for Solo.

Xerxexx on Feb 6, 2013


They already did that. Its called Firefly. Boba Fett movie sounds cool.

si1ver on Feb 7, 2013


I can already envision the Happy Meal integration. Who thought Star Wars could sink so low...

castingcouch on Feb 7, 2013


Actually in the Han Solo books about his origins he does cross Darth Vader while impersonating an Imperial official, not too mention Han Solo was in the Imperial Navy at one point so he could have very easily come across Vader at any of those points.

Joshua McClain on Feb 8, 2013

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