With all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens leaks out there in the interwebs, it feels like we already know a ton about Episode VII. But what about all those pesky Star Wars spin-offs, eh? Grab your trench coat, wide brim hat, and magnifying glass because Jessica Chobot… is on the case. *Cue sultry jazz music*
Here’s what we knew about the first Star Wars spin-off the moment it walked through the door: it was trouble, with a capital T. Also that Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards is at the helm, Felicity Jones has been cast as the co-lead, and the film is set to come out in 2016. We followed the crumbs of this trail to an unlikely place: Disney’s Cinderella premiere. Screenwriter Chris Weitz was in attendance, who you might recall was tapped to re-write the mysterious spin-off after Gary Whitta completed work on the project. Our man on the scene, Joseph McCabe, asked him what he could tell us about the story. “I think that that was such an important part of the first trilogy… the humor and the fun of it. Yeah, absolutely.”
While there have been rumblings that the first spin-off would center around Boba Fett, our sources tell us that might be something of a red herring. We’ve also heard that the oft-rumored Aaron Paul is in fact the film’s lead. Combine these two clues together and you’ve got one fascinating hypothesis: the next Star Wars spin-off film could very well be about everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder, Han Solo!
And that’s not all. Rumor also has it that at a major Star Wars event (Celebration, perhaps?), Disney will be laying out its plans for a galaxy far, far away just like Marvel did with Phase III. Star Wars writer Simon Kinsberg even admitted on the Cinderella red carpet, “The way that Lucasfilm works is amazing. It’s probably similar… the only thing I can compare it to is Marvel.” Marvel, eh? Sounds like we’re on the right track.
Follow along as we sleuth our way through the rest of the recent spin-off rumors! Stay tuned later today for a Game Of Thrones-inspired episode of Nerdist Presents, and be sure to let us know in the comments below if you’d like to see a Han Solo solo movie.