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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Han Solo and Boba Fett to Get Their Own Movies

By Dave Bouressa

A mere few days ago, we reported that Disney and Lucasfilm had confirmed that several Star Wars characters were getting their own spin-off films. At the time, no character confirmations were made, and the main rumor going around was that Yoda was going to be the main focus.

However, reports have just come in stating that the two characters are going to be Han Solo and Boba Fett.

From Entertainment Weekly:

The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars (now known as A New Hope), so although it’s possible Harrison Ford could appear as a framing device, the movie would require a new actor for the lead — one presumably much younger than even the 35-year-old Ford when he appeared in the 1977 original.
The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication – in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who’s still the right age for the part if his services were required.

Disney has assured us that these films will take place outside of the saga, meaning Episodes 7-9, however, the thought of these films still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I love Star Wars, but enough mystery has been ripped from the saga. First the midichlorians, then Boba being a clone, etc. We don't need a backstory for every character. 
We already know Boba's story from Attack of the Clones, and the Clone Wars TV series has done a great job of building the character from that little boy that we saw on Kamino to a hardened Bounty Hunter. 
Han Solo, I can understand a little better. However, by simply throwing us the character in A New Hope, we experience Solo through Luke's eyes. By throwing a complex back story on it, it acts as though it was "fate" or "the will of the force" that brought these characters together. I would very much be happy with seeing a young Han Solo on Kashyyyk with Chewbacca for a single episode of the Clone Wars (a concept which was originally scheduled for Revenge of the Sith, but was scrapped last minute).

No director or cast has been set for either of these films, but if these films end up happening, as long as they cast Daniel Logan or Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett, I'll have minimal complaints. Now it's simply a matter of recasting Han Solo...
(Oh, it hurts to say those words.)


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