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EW reports that the Walt Disney Company has revealed plans to make a number of spin-off movies unrelated to the post-Return of the Jedi trilogy that had already been announced. The first two such films in the 'spin-off' series will focus on the beloved characters Han Solo and Boba Fett.
According to the report, the Han Solo feature would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars. As a result, it is unlikely that original star Harrison Ford would take part in the film and a new actor would be cast in the lead.
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.
The films would also allow for the return of villan Darth Vader, as the spin-offs take place within the original trilogy, meaning the masked evil doer would still be alive and kicking. Fans may also see the return of villan Jabba the Hutt who also fits into the timeline.
Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the existence of spin-off plans yesterday as part of the company's quarterly earnings report. He said the screenwriters working on the stand-alone films are Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes) and Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the filmmaker behind The Big Chill.)
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