The Internet has been active this week when news yesterday broke of Disney officially pursuing standalone Star Wars movies. Ain’t it Cool News broke a rumor the other night of a possible Yoda movie, but now it’s looking like the two standalone movies in the pipeline have to do with a young Han Solo and Boba Fett. Entertainment Weekly just broke the news:
The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars (now known as A New Hope), so although it’s possible Harrison Ford could appear as a framing device, the movie would require a new actor for the lead — one presumably much younger than even the 35-year-old Ford when he appeared in the 1977 original.
The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication – in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who’s still the right age for the part if his services were required.
They go on to add that as both movies are set before Episode VI, they also can allow for the return of Darth Vader in either one or both of them. What’s interesting is that Han Solo was going to make an appearance in Episode III. The Art of Episode III book has concept art for a pre-teen Han who helps brief Yoda on Kashyyyk. That never happened, but a young Han has been in Lucasfilm’s mind for a while.
They do caution that talks are early, and the deal can be changed, but right now this looks like the first two standalone Star Wars movies that will be done!