Less than 24 hours after Walt Disney Pictures officially confirmed plans to develop stand-alone feature films in the Star Wars universe, EW is reporting that they have learned which two characters the first two projects will focus on: Boba Fett and a young Han Solo.
Plans for the Solo film call for it to take place in the time between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy. No plot details have been revealed, but it’s a near-certainty that a brand new actor would have to step in to play everyone’s favorite scruffy looking Nerf-herder.
The adventures of Han Solo pre-A New Hope was actually the focus of one of the earliest Star Wars novels, 1979’s “Han Solo at Star’s End”, set two years before the events of the 1977 film.
The Boba Fett film, meanwhile, would be set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and would follow the bounty hunter on an intergalactic adventure.
Both of the the films (of which Lawrence Kasdan is said to be writing one and Simon Kinberg writing the other) are tentatively planned to see release sometime after 2015 when J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII is planned to hit theaters.
Previous rumors called for a stand-alone film to follow the adventures of Yoda, but that has not yet been confirmed.