Just a day after Disney confirmed plans for standalone Star Wars films to accompany the new trilogy, Entertainment Weekly has word on the first two spinoffs: one detailing the origin of Han Solo, and the other centering on fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett. So much for that Yoda rumor?
Cautioning that the projects are in the very early stages, EW's sources contend the Han Solo movie would be set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, requiring a new actor for the lead (however, Harrison Ford, who's reportedly "open" to returning to the franchise, could appear in a framing sequence). The Boba Fett film would take place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or possibly between Empire and Return of the Jedi.
The timelines of the standalone films also would permit Lucasfilm to resurrect Darth Vader (something rumored as early as November) and Jabba the Hutt.
Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes) are working on the spinoffs while consulting with director J.J. Abrams on Episode VII, which debuts in 2015. Disney CEO Robert Iger said the films will be released over a six-year period, though 2021.