After Disney confirmed that those rumors about Star Wars spinoff movies were anything but Bantha poodoo, Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that two of these films will focus on the seedy dealings of the callous, cloned bounty hunter, Boba Fett and the youthful exploits of the handsome smuggler, gambler, and Kessel Run conqueror, Han Solo.
In what is sounding like an old-school Star Wars fan's wet dream come to life, these new films will flesh out what will apparently be pivotal events in the lives of these proverbial faves, also providing us a method to possibly see some other old friends return to the big screen.
The Han Solo film will reportedly take place in between the chronological events of Prequel Trilogy finale, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and the first film of the Original Trilogy, Episode IV: A New Hope. Looking to cast a younger Harrison Ford-esque actor, we will likely see the events that shape the course of Han's life, taking him from a love-struck washout cadet at the Imperial Academy, to an "always shoot first" smuggler, free-riding across the galaxy, accompanied by a Wookie companion named Chewbacca whose life he saved.
So, what's in store for our favorite unmodified Mandalorian clone who collects Carbonite statues?
The Boba Fett film, on the other hand, could take place at some point within the Original Trilogy, between either Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, or between the latter and the OT finale, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, where the embattled Bounty Hunter met his (supposed) ignominious, anticlimactic end by accident, falling into the Sarlacc Pit to be "slowly digested over a thousand years." No details have been provided on where this film will go, but it is quite likely to see the return of his boss, Jabba the Hutt, his Imperial contract client, Darth Vader, along with Bounty Hunter rivals, Bossk, Dengar, Zuckuss, and IG-88.
Thus far, nothing has been revealed regarding the director's chairs. (Even though Captain America: The First Avenger director and former Lucas apprentice, Joe Johnston has long-stated his desire to helm a Boba Fett film.) Yet, with the recent revelation that Disney has hired scribes, Lawrence Kasdan (scribe behind The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, the X-Men films) prove that the scripts are in good hands.
Now, while this surreal set of side projects get off the ground, director, J.J. Abrams and writer, Michael Arndt will dutifully pilot the franchise's "Mother Ship" with the 2015 Sequel Trilogy kick-off, Episode VII. -- It's an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan, folks!