When we heard that we were going to see some stand alone Star Wars films, it was a no brainer for most of us that we'd see Han Solo and Boba Fett get their own movies somewhere down the line. Well, that's exactly what EW is now reporting, and they have details! So we can all celebrate the day, knowing that these movies are on actually on the way!
The Han Solo film will focus on a younger version of the character, and give us an origin story of the badass galactic smuggler. The story of Boba Fett will put him in the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum, so I imagine we'll get to see more of the other bounty hunters that we were briefly introduced to in The Empire Strikes Back. Of course Lucasfilm and Disney declined to comment on this information, but here are some more details...
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.
The report goes on to point out that the time frames revealed will allow for Darth Vader to actually be a villain if they wanted to include him. It could also easily include Jabba the Hutt.
These films are currently being developed by Larry Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: The Last Stand). They're also working with Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) on writing the new trilogy, the first of which J. J. Abrams has awesomely signed on to direct.
I can't wait for the day when we will actually start seeing these things. It can't get here soon enough, and once it starts, it's not going to stop!