Report: YOUNG HAN SOLO & BOBA FETT Solo Films Coming

Tuesday, Disney confirmed that standalone, character-based Star Wars films were in development. A day later, Entertainment Weekly reported what two of those movies might be: A Han Solo origin story, and a "bounty hunter adventure" starring Boba Fett.

EW cites "sources close to the projects," and both Lucasfilm and Disney declined to comment, so currently this information tilts more in the "rumor" direction. The article even includes the caveat that it's very early in the process for both films, and things could change.

According to the report, the Han Solo origin story would take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope; and Boba Fett's film would either take place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, or Empire and Return of the Jedi. Both characters have been explored considerably in novels and comics in what's known as the Star Wars "Expanded Universe," covering both from birth to death, but there's no indication yet whether any of those stories would be adapted or even pulled from for the films. Disney and Lucasfilm executives previously stated that Episodes VII-IX will be new, original stories and not adaptation of novels or comics.

[See Han Solo's Legacy as his descendant stars in a new comic here]

On Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that, along with Episode VII, VIII and IX, standalone Star Wars films were in development, and named Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter of Empire and Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (screenwriter of Sherlock Holmes and X-Men: The Last Stand) as involved. Iger also indicated that these movies would begin to be released in the same roughly six-year period as the upcoming new trilogy, which is scheduled to start with the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII in 2015.

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