To keep you oriented going forward: Disney & LucasFilm will be releasing two types of “Star Wars” movies every year. Starting in 2015, we have the beginning of a new trilogy with “The Force Awakens” and we’ll see a sequel every other year. In the interim years, we’ll get “Star Wars” Anthology films — adventures that have nothing to do with this current storyline and instead will likely look back on stories that take place during the timeline of “The Phantom Menace” through “Return Of The Jedi.” After all, that period is fifty/sixty some years of history, give or take, and there’s plenty of room for off-the-beaten-path side stories in that timeline. For example, the first anthology film, “Star Wars: Rogue One” is about the plans to steal the Death Star and is set, according to director Gareth Edwards, before the events of “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
So “Star Wars” Anthology film number two, currently untitled and due in 2018, was going to be the film directed by “Fantastic Four” filmmaker Josh Trank (he was allegedly fired from the project). Recent reports revealed this film would be a Boba Fett origin story.
But new details have surfaced from SchmoesKnow. While they’re cautious enough to call their own report a rumor, the site hears that Boba Fett will appear in the film, and this new adventure will also feature Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and the Bounty Hunter character, Bossk, who only briefly appeared in “The Empire Strikes Back.”
According to SK’s sources, current directors circling the gig include Jon Favreau and Matthew Vaughn. The latter wouldn’t be a surprise because the director did take some early meetings about “The Force Awakens,” but so did everyone (even David Fincher was courted). Disney is apparently keen to tap the “hive of scum and villainy” aspect of the “Star Wars” universe highlighted in the Mos Eisley scenes of “A New Hope” and the bounty hunter mercenaries of “The Empire Strikes Back.” This could mean some more of the Western flair that influenced that milieu and these kinds of characters in the original films seen on Tatooine and elsewhere. And of course, perhaps more important to fans, this would mean the introduction of a young Han Solo.
SK also reports that the third “Star Wars” anthology film, set for 2020, could center on an origin story for Yoda, something that was also reported back in early 2013. None of this is official, but all of it are echoes of previous rumors we’ve heard over the years, including a stand-alone young Han Solo movie and Disney’s own confirmation that three stand-alone movies are indeed in the works.