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In the Star Wars universe, Han Solo and the bounty hunter Boba Fett are easily the most popular characters who aren’t Jedi or Sith. So, it makes perfect sense that the two characters would be the subject of the first spin-offs.
Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed late Tuesday that there will be films outside of the main Episodes. The studios only confirmed that two are in the works, with one being written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and another by Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, Mr. And Mrs. Smith).
While Disney didn’t give any more details than that, sources tell Entertainment Weekly that Han Solo and Boba Fett will be the first characters to get their own movie.
The Solo film will take place during the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, meaning that the character will be far too young for Harrison Ford to play. However, Ford, who played the character in the Original Trilogy, could make an appearance in a framing story, EW notes.
Fett’s film will focus on bounty hunters and could take place between the films in the Original Trilogy. Temuera Morrison, who played Fett’s father in the Attack of the Clones, could return to play the character, since Fett is actually a clone.
Kasdan and Kinberg are also working with writer Michael Arndt and director J.J. Abrams on the main episodes. Abrams is set to direct Episode VII, which is still looking for a 2015 release.
The EW report stresses that these projects are in the very early stages. There have been rumors of a Seven Samurai-inspired spin-off and a Yoda-centric film. The Yoda news hasn’t been confirmed, but director Zack Snyder, who was connected to the Seven Samurai project, did deny that he was doing anything Star Wars related.
You can check out our Star Wars spin-off wish list here.