Boba Fett and Han Solo to star in their own Star Wars spin-off films


fett w carbonite soloDisney is wasting no time gearing up the Star Wars machine. And why not? The franchise is still among the most popular entertainment properties ever to grace the Earth, and yet most fans seemed to accept that it would never hit the big screen again. Most hoped, of course, but it felt like the franchise had grown stagnant under Lucas. That’s certainly changing.

Star Wars is alive and thriving once more. After purchasing the rights for $4.5 billion, Disney formulated a plan similar to the one that Marvel – under Disney’s stewardship – has rode to huge success. It makes sense. The franchise is already established, and the fan base is hungry for more. Plus, a property like Star Wars has countless possibilities that go beyond the core characters. Books, comics, and video games have done well working on stories set within the Star Wars framework set hundreds, even thousands of years removed from the events of the films. The property is vibrant and ready to be mined. And Disney knows it.

For the new owners, earning back the $4billion shouldn’t be all that difficult, as long as the studio continues to put out films. The new trilogy (that will begin with a JJ Abrams directed film) alone should come close to recouping the sale price, so additional films are all bonus. Disney will be printing money soon enough, and spin-off films that complement the primary trilogy in the works are just gravy.

Less than 24 hours ago, Lucasfilms confirmed that two such spin-offs had officially been greenlit. The subjects of those films weren’t revealed though, leaving the Internet to do what it does best: wildly speculate (often using cat-themed memes).

Yoda and Jabba the Hutt were two of the more common rumors, but today Lucasfilms pulled back the curtain and announced that the upcoming spin-offs would feature Han Solo and Boba Fett.

The Han Solo film will take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, while the time frame of the Boba Fett film isn’t exactly clear. It will reportedly occur during the original trilogy, and either take place between A New Hope and The Empire Strike Back, or between Empire and Return of the Jedi, which would likely focus on Fett transporting Solo to Jabba the Hutt. 

As noted in the earlier announcement, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kineberg have been hired to write the spin-offs (and both are also working on the new trilogy). No yet word on potential directors.

MorrisonIt’s also far too early to think about casting, but the role of Boba Fett could go to Temuera Morrison. In the prequel trilogy he starred as Jango Fett; and since Boba is a clone of Jango it would stand to reason that Morrison would be the first choice – unless Disney wants to go with a bigger name in the main role, which is always possible.

As for the Han Solo film, Ford was 35 when he filmed A New Hope, which means that whoever is cast to play Solo should be younger – perhaps much younger depending on the path the story takes.

The news will likely cause some mixed emotions from fans. On one hand it’s nice to see the franchise back in a big way, and both Han Solo and Boba Fett are obvious fan favorites. On the other, these films will be even more prequels to a story that has been very, very thoroughly explored. The Star Wars universe is vast, and the potential to expand the story is massive. There is no reason not to film an entirely new plot set centuries apart from the original material – beyond, of course, the financial risk. 

Disney is a company – and like any company its primary goal is to be successful. It makes sense to stick with what has a proven record to work. Most fans will eagerly throw money at whatever comes to the big screen emblazoned with the Star Wars title on it (us very much included), so there isn’t a huge need for Disney to stray from what it assumes will work.

Although Han Solo and Boba Fett films are confirmed, that in no way means they’ll be alone. They are likely just the first of several spin-off films released in the coming years. The Yoda standalone movie rumors refuse to go away, and – despite his denial – hints of a Zack Snyder-directed, Seven Samurai-inspired Star Wars standalone film were some of the first to surface and continue on.

Expect plenty more Star Wars news in the coming months and years.

Showing 41 comments

  1. Andrew Austin Conner 1 year Ago  
    Psh.. Silly negative people.. A Shadows of the Empire movie with Dash Rendar is what I want to see.
  2. Mackenzie Burke 1 year Ago  
    it would be cool if the boba fett film to place entirely in the stomach of the pit of sarlacc.
  3. George Lewycky 1 year Ago  
    What does Disney know about Star Wars other than they "might" make money out of it....Heck I wont be paying to see any.
  4. George Richard 1 year Ago  
    Wow! I knew the House of Mouse was greedy, but I didn't realize they were using the official Exxon playbook... Can't wait to see more direct-to-video Star Wars crap saturating the market. Meanwhile, their intelligently written pieces are shunted off to die...
  5. Ted Perkins 1 year Ago  
    hardly counts as the originally planned 3-part sequels....oh well
  6. Lief Jon Lowe 1 year Ago  
    Mo Money!!! Ashley, mo money. Very simple, milk it for all it's worth, and leave a corpse where a movie once was...
  7. Ashley Vincent 1 year Ago  
    I just don't understand why they have to ruin movies that have been done and should be left alone. It boggles my mind that they think they need to do that
  8. Andrew Caffrey 1 year Ago  
  9. Joseph Jones 1 year Ago  
    Long live the Force....
  10. Canton Belanger 1 year Ago  
  11. Keith Kelso 1 year Ago  
    "Disney will ruin that epic feeling of a Star Wars movie... "

    Not unless they build a time machine and beat Lucas to it.
  12. Dallas Macnair 1 year Ago  
    They should bring back walt for this
  13. Brian David Corley 1 year Ago  
    So who are they gonna get to play Solo and Fett? it's gotta be a prequel movie, right? I'd like to see them make a movie based on one of their previous novelized stories.
  14. Mario Barr 1 year Ago  
    No way I'll ever fully embrace this OR the new star wars...
  15. Alexander Negron 1 year Ago  
    They better not mess up that Boba Fett. Fett is that dude!
  16. Addison Sanford 1 year Ago  
    Something I actually want to see. AS long as Disney doesn't screw up the Mandalorians.
  17. Alyssa Mongor 1 year Ago  
  18. Elliott Hill 1 year Ago  
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  19. Craig Lynch 1 year Ago  
  20. Kevin Zhang 1 year Ago  
    This is what I feared. #pie
  21. Danny Brown 1 year Ago  
  22. Kris Noble 1 year Ago  
    The Fett movie I can see, no idea who on earth they could cast as a younger Han Solo?
  23. Bryan Henry 1 year Ago  
    Disney fucks up Boba Fett and someone's gonna die...
  24. Haleem Thepoetrybender 1 year Ago  
    GOOD NEWS!!!
  25. Steven Orsinelli 1 year Ago  
    Awesome! I think Disney will do a great job at it.
  26. Deborah Petroff Hatfield 1 year Ago  
    My boys will like this.
  27. Mu Struggle 1 year Ago  
  28. fightclubdoll 1 year Ago  
    So ...Boba eventually did climb out of the pit?
  29. Jeffrey Van Camp 1 year Ago  

    They need to not have Boba Fett talk. Or if he does, no more than we hear him in the earlier movies. It sounds impossible, but you can ruin the Boba Fett character pretty quickly. I'd rather see a Yoda movie than Han Solo. Seems difficult to do a Han movie with a different actor. Though they pulled it off with Star Trek.

  30. Tom Renk 1 year Ago  
    They all will feature the character Ka Ching.
  31. Peter Cook 1 year Ago  
    As long as they go by the books that have come out and don't destroy all that. Those books are considered canon.
  32. Russ Barrett 1 year Ago  
    Eh, if it's done well, I can see it. Marvel has done some pretty good things since becoming part of Disney, including expanding characters individually and collectively. I can see Boba Fett, Han Solo and I heard maybe Yoda too. Just as long as they don't try Ewoks again.
    1. I'm actually pretty excited about this.

  33. Christie Cordes 1 year Ago  
    well we know what The Big Bang Theory (copywriters) are discussing today - LOL
  34. Christopher de la Torre 1 year Ago  
    Nothing could have ruined the franchise more than Episodes I, II and III. I think this is a step in the right direction - and that direction better be on point, Disney.
  35. Travis George 1 year Ago  
  36. Zach Bradley 1 year Ago  
    Put a gun in my mouth and paint the walls with my brains
  37. Ryan Hadlock 1 year Ago  
    ^and you'll still go see it.
  38. Ricky Thompson 1 year Ago  
  39. Corey MacMillan 1 year Ago  
    What a marvelous idea lol
  40. Jeremy Carter 1 year Ago  
    Disney will ruin that epic feeling of a Star Wars movie... I grew up with the original and there was nothing more epic than waiting for that next one to come out.. Now they will be shittin Star Wars movies out every 2-3 years which will just lessen the effect so much that it will be as lame as yet another Friday the 13th movie...