A rumor from yesterday claimed that Yoda was going to be the first character in the Star Wars universe to get his own stand-alone spin-off movie. Shortly thereafter, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Disney and Lucasfilm were working on a series of one shot movies that would be based on popular preexisting characters, and that these films would be staggered amongst the release of the new trilogy, which kicks off with Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015.
Amongst all of this news from yesterday was the rumor that Boba Fett and Han Solo would be getting their own one-off movies, and that George Lucas himself had pitched an adventure revolving around Jabba the Hutt. Today, an inside source at Disney and Lucasfilm is confirming that both a Boba Fett movie and a Han Solo movie are in the works, and will be released before the end of 2019.
The Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off movie will reveal the origins behind the fan favorite smuggler, with a much younger actor stepping in to replace Harrison Ford. The story will take place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, with the possibility of Harrison Ford appearing as a framing device, much like Elijah Wood was used in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The Untitled Star Wars Boba Fett Spin-Off movie will follow the bounty hunter on one of his most dangerous missions, and will feature a rogue's gallery of galactic side characters. His film will take place between Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. The casting of Boba Fett won't be as scrutinized as a young Han Solo, as the character wears a helmet most of the time. Temuera Morrison played the man Boba Fett is cloned from in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and he is the right age to return in the role.
Both of these stand-alone films will allow for Darth Vader to return as the main villain. The timeline of both films will also allow for an appearance by Jabba the Hutt, which is rumored to be at George Lucas's behest. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were confirmed to be writing these spin-off movies by Bob Iger in his comments from yesterday.
At this time, there are no directors currently being eyed for either project. Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston remarked during the release of that film that a Boba Fett movie would be his dream project. He served as a stunt coordinator and second unit director on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and has worked with Boba Fett before. He also designed the iconic Boba Fett costume.
Robert Rodriguez has made it clear that he would love to direct the stand-alone Han Solo movie, but Lucasfilm had no comment.
Disney has declined to comment on this latest information, and the insider source says this is all still in the planning stages and could be expanded upon further. The question now is, who do you want to see play a young Han Solo? Zac Efron? Liam Hemsworth? Shia LaBeouf? Or should Disney do a hardcore search for a relative unknown, much as Harrison Ford was when he took the role?