Not only are we getting J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII, but Disney and Lucasfilm have announced their plans to develop standalone films based on the franchise. So which characters are first to get their own spin-off movie?
Han Solo and his nemesis, Boba Fett.
What are these films about? When do they take place? Read on to find out…
According to EW, Solo’s film will focus on the “wisecracking smuggler’s origin story”, and will require a younger actor to take over the role originated by Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars trilogy.
EW also reports that Boba Fett’s film will be an adventure that finds the bounty hunter “at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum.”
Because Fett met his demise in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, his film will reportedly take place sometime between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, but before Jedi. Solo’s origin story will apparently be set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
Given the timeframe of these standalone films, EW points out that fans might see popular characters like Darth Vader, Jabba the Hutt or Chewbacca make an appearance.
Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) are developing standalone Star Wars films, but no word yet if they are working on these projects. Celebuzz will keep you posted…
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