Han Solo and Boba Fett to Get Stand-Alone 'Star Wars' Movies!

A young Han Solo will get his origin story, while Boba Fett will headline a bounty-hunting tale that features Darth Vader and a rogue's gallery of galactic side characters.
Han Solo and Boba Fett to get stand-alone Star Wars movies
Han Solo and Boba Fett to get stand-alone Star Wars movies
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?

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off comes to theaters in 2017 and stars Harrison Ford.

Untitled Star Wars Boba Fett Spin-Off comes to theaters in 2017.


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Comments (55)

  1. skywise

    as long as he is a sc*mbag...

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  2. thedude-abides

    This is an obvious move

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  3. incmob

    for a solo movie i would say either fillion or josh holloway... of course, it is hollywood, so they will probably get joseph gordon -levitt or jack black (sarcasm)

    1 year agoby @incmobFlag

  4. incmob

    @dmu009 honestly... I SECOND THAT!

    1 year agoby @incmobFlag

  5. incmob

    if there is a fett film... two things i do not want to see... DO NOT have him remove his helmet... and DO NOT have him flirting with intergalactic hookers.

    1 year agoby @incmobFlag

  6. Dmu009

    Darth Maul spin off. Lose the Clone Wars cartoon story line and go really dark and really bad.

    1 year agoby @dmu009Flag

  7. Replicant

    @gandoff Yeah, but I'm saying he CAN'T play Drake either. Not anymore. If the movie started shooting today and they shot all three back-to-back, then yes. But realistically it's not gonna happen, by the time they start making this he'll probably be too old, not to mention sequels. Castle isn't such a big issue, he can still manage to shoot one movie in-between seasons, as everyone does.

    Still, it's a slightly different case than playing Han Solo, because everyone can see that he's obviously older than "regular Han", but for Drake there's really no point of reference for comparison other than a digital model which gives a bit more freedom for casting.

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  8. Gandoff

    @felipe-11 Your argument aginst Fillion also supports it. The average view, which is what Disney will be focusing on, will not mind that the actor is playing Han, yet looks to be the same age and not younger. Also, your reason for why he can't do Han, is same for Drake. The character is between 28-34 in the games. So if he can not pull off a Han of the same age frame, then despite loosing weight he couldn't pull of a Nathan Drake. I have little doubt that if he lost 30 pounds, he would look good enough for both roles. Me, the real issue period for him to do the part of either film is not weight or age. Its his current contract for Castle and the ability to do outside projects.

    1 year agoby @gandoffFlag

  9. Replicant

    @gandoff Forget Fillion dude, even IF they could get him to look 30 (which would require weight loss from his part and an outstanding job from the makeup department) he would only look ABOUT the same age as Han on Ep IV, it'd be confusing to the average viewer, to say the least, and it certainly wouldn't easily sell the idea that he's younger than "regular Han".

    They have to go with someone in there 20s who can sell the idea that MAYBE in 10 years he could look like a 35 year-old Harrison Ford.

    He could still play Drake if he got really in shape and the movie started shooting soon, but realistically speaking that movie probably won't start shooting till 2014-2015 (if it even gets made), he'll be almost 45... Plus, by the time they get to Uncharted 3 he'll be in his 50's which would be pushing it quite a bit for a 30-35 year-old character :(

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  10. Gandoff

    @felipe-11 With make-up Fillion could look younger. His issue right now is weight. It makes him look older on that aspect alone. But even if he lost 30 pounds or so. I doubt he could do it, due to Castle. I think he would be a great pick for UnCharted movies also, but same reasoning behind his chances for Star Wars is his contract for Castle. Loose the weight and he will look way younger all the while fit the roles need for physical action. Drake in the video games would be about the same age as Han would be in Star Wars. 30ish...

    1 year agoby @gandoffFlag

  11. Sean

    I'm not sure what to say about this...............

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  12. Blackout23

    I say Clint eastwood's son. He has the look

    1 year agoby @Blackout23Flag

  13. Buriblazing

    Dude stop bitching guys be gratefully your getting these movies maybe this time they'll be epic I'm excited for this.

    1 year agoby @buriblazingFlag

  14. Buriblazing

    Holy crap this is awesome nerdying out at all this news.

    1 year agoby @buriblazingFlag

  15. Replicant

    @gandoff@dan1@dan1 Sorry, I love Fillion, but you guys are high. How is he gonna play a younger version of the Han Solo that appears on Episode IV when he looks (and is) older today (41 years old) than Harrison did back then (35)? If he gets in shape he's my first choice for Uncharted, but for a young Han Solo you need someone in there 20's.

    @ledouchee Garret Hedlund, yes! He's a great up and coming actor, and he's already a familiar face around Disney. He's got my vote.

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  16. Xenon

    I say a CGI version of Han Solo

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag

  17. Maxwell Kann

    better have ig-88

    1 year agoby @maxwell-kannFlag

  18. CelluloidDreams

    This is out of control!

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  19. Daniel Cantu

    Han Solo played by different actor? Just no, and nope even if he is supposed to be younger there is nobody like Harrison Ford that could take the job for Han Solo.

    1 year agoby @Deadpoolx11Flag

  20. Goliath

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! (in Darth Vaders voice)

    1 year agoby @goliathFlag

  21. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @k-man I got no issues with the animation for Clone Wars nut with the boring filler episodes. About time Lord Sidious showed up and took control as Sith of all Sith (hope I didn't spoil anything) . I'm still open to the animation they used for the micro series of Clone Wars back in 2003.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  22. Roberto Mata

    Star Wars: Origins-Han Solo?

    1 year agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  23. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Han going Solo- no thank you, but a Bobba Fett sounds cushty :)

    1 year agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  24. Ledouchee

    Anthony Mackie - Lando?

    1 year agoby @ledoucheeFlag

  25. ROFLitschristian

    GUH! This is what every fan wants but they're super overdoing it! I'M SO CONFLICTED!!!

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  26. SherlockHolmes2009

    Sh*t bring both of them on to direct the films

    1 year agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  27. Xenon

    Lets see a Yoda film, Han Solo, Boba Fett

    how about Knight Errant, X-Wing series, Lando, tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, or older characters.

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag

  28. justatadmatt

    @ledouchee i support this idea.

    1 year agoby @justatadmattFlag

  29. K-Man

    @dan1 - Yes it would, my friend. I've always felt it would make for a great trilogy.

    @bawnian-dexeus - Probably not very long. But you know what? If they would do an animated series in the vein of those cinematic trailers like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lrk2BE4Tqc

    or this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ToztqqDcaY

    ...then I would actually watch it. Its that crappy cartoonish kiddy animated clone wars show that is so horrible. If they would make each of the episodes like the animated shorts above and have them take themselves seriously...then it might actually be kind of cool.

    Some other notable animated shorts are the Assassins creed, Mass Effect and Halo cinematic trailers...as well as the Halo: Infinity Spartan Ops episodes...They are pretty well done.

    1 year agoby @k-manFlag