Laugh it up fuzzball.
Recently Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke about the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the eventual Han Solo spin off film. While speaking about Rogue One, Iger mentioned that the Han Solo film will also act as an origin story for his partner in crime Chewbacca. Check out his comments below:
“Rogue One … is about a band of rebels plotting to steal the plans to the Death Star. It takes place right before George Lucas‘s first film, which came out in 1977 and is now called ‘The New Hope.’
We have others in the works, including one, which is an origin story about Han Solo and Chewy. And that’ll come after ‘Star Wars 8’ in 2018. And then there will possibly more thereafter.”
While there was little doubt that there would be a Han Solo film without Chewbacca, its still good to hear Iger confirm it. I think focusing on Han and Chewbacca’s relationship is the best approach to take with the solo film. I’m still of the camp that there shouldn’t be a solo Han Solo film (especially without Harrison Ford) but this is the best direction they could take the film.
While Han and Chewie’s origin story has been told before in the now non-canon legends comics, how the pair’s friendship came to be has never been elaborated on within the film universe.
Iger also confirmed that there were more Star Wars films in development in addition to the currently announced films, not that anyone expected anything different. What exactly these films are remain unknown, but Boba Fett and Obi-Wan solo films have both been heavily rumored. I think both of these concepts could make for a great Star Wars film, and have more potential than the Han Solo film. Either way, I’m just happy we’re getting more Star Wars. As long as all the anthology films are on par with The Force Awakens, then I’ll happily line up to see a new Star Wars film every Christmas.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.