Many, many new "Star Wars" movies are coming out over the next couple of decades. And while the new trilogy (directed by J.J. Abrams!) will receive the bulk of the series' attention, this little bit of news today has me more excited than 2015's Episode 7: Han Solo, the biggest badass and only relatable character in the original films, is getting his own spin-off film. As is Boba Fett, the films' second-biggest badass.
From Entertainment Weekly:
Yesterday, The Walt Disney Co. unveiled plans to make a number of spin-off movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — in addition to the post-Return of the Jedi trilogy that had already been announced.
Entertainment Weekly has learned details on two of the spin-off projects: A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum.
Apparently, Solo's story is set to take place in between "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope," so they're looking for an actor a bit younger than Harrison Ford was in the first film (35 years old). If Disney chooses Shia Labeouf—and I have a bad feeling they will—I'm jumping off a building.
The Boba Fett film will take place either between "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back" or between "Empire" and "Jedi." Since Fett never took his helmet off in the original series, the casting directors will have a little leeway in picking an actor, although I guess he'll need to look vaguely Kiwi like Boba's dad Jango from the original series.
Whatever the case, if you're a fan, this is good news. I can't really think of two better characters to feature in a spin-off.