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Disney's standalone Star Wars films will be origin stories; casting underway for a young Han Solo?

Sep. 13, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

At an investors conference yesterday in Beverly Hills, Disney chief financial officer Jay Rasulo was on hand to talk about how the company wants to expand the STAR WARS brand and revealed that the upcoming standalone films will be origin stories. According to Variety, Rasulo said that a STAR WARS trilogy film or an origins story film will be released each year starting with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII in 2015, just like the timeline we showed you back in June.

Rasulo also went on to talk about how profitable STAR WARS could be for Disney, and how they can squeeze even more cash out of it with theme parks, licensing deals and toys. He calls STAR WARS an "evergreen property" and "the market is extremely hot for everything STAR WARS." Some are concerned that since Disney owns STAR WARS the films could end up being too kid friendly, but Rasulo says "this is not a new franchise for kids." That doesn't mean we'll be getting an R-rated STAR WARS, but it sounds like Disney isn't aiming at just children with their new STAR WARS films.

Meanwhile, Bleeding Cool has heard that one of those standalone origin films might be for Han Solo, and Disney has been looking for an actor for the role the past few months while they've been casting for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. No word on which actors may have already read for the role, and we probably won't know for some time since there's so much secrecy with the STAR WARS films.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII should be in theaters sometime in 2015 and (if true) the Han Solo origins movie could be the planned 2016 standalone film.

Extra Tidbit: So who do you want to play young Han Solo?

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5:57PM on 09/15/2013
If this film had been made years ago River Phoneix might have been a good choice, which would have been funny since he played a young Indy too.
If this film had been made years ago River Phoneix might have been a good choice, which would have been funny since he played a young Indy too.
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2:48AM on 09/15/2013
My first reaction was ***groan***, a Han Solo origin movie? Then I thought, you know, there is a lot about Han Solo's life before Star Wars that I wanted to know about. How he hooked up with Chewbacca, his friendship with Lando Calrissian, winning the Millennium Falcon, why he's afraid of snakes. It could work.
My first reaction was ***groan***, a Han Solo origin movie? Then I thought, you know, there is a lot about Han Solo's life before Star Wars that I wanted to know about. How he hooked up with Chewbacca, his friendship with Lando Calrissian, winning the Millennium Falcon, why he's afraid of snakes. It could work.
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2:52AM on 09/14/2013

Yay another goddam prequel!

So sick and tired of prequels. Yes this is being called an origin story but so what. Where's the suspense? If it truly is a Han Solo origin movie then we know that no matter what situation he gets himself into he obviously won't die. It was the same for the first three prequels. So so movies made even worse by the fact that you know who will and won't die.
So sick and tired of prequels. Yes this is being called an origin story but so what. Where's the suspense? If it truly is a Han Solo origin movie then we know that no matter what situation he gets himself into he obviously won't die. It was the same for the first three prequels. So so movies made even worse by the fact that you know who will and won't die.
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11:41AM on 09/15/2013
I think you are basically right but for me it is not about who dies or survives. After the first 100 movies you have seen in your life you become pretty good in guessing who will make it to the end. Its just that decisions seem less important in prequels because we know where their path will eventually lead them and what kind of man they become. It makes the conflicts of prequels feel insignificant.
I think you are basically right but for me it is not about who dies or survives. After the first 100 movies you have seen in your life you become pretty good in guessing who will make it to the end. Its just that decisions seem less important in prequels because we know where their path will eventually lead them and what kind of man they become. It makes the conflicts of prequels feel insignificant.
10:21PM on 09/13/2013

Really?

Nearly everyone in this comment section won't even give this franchise a chance anymore. This movie is three years away, all that's known is the premise, and it's already being called a shitfest. Wait for a friggin trailer or something first.
Nearly everyone in this comment section won't even give this franchise a chance anymore. This movie is three years away, all that's known is the premise, and it's already being called a shitfest. Wait for a friggin trailer or something first.
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8:27PM on 09/13/2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt might be able to pull it off.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt might be able to pull it off.
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7:58PM on 09/13/2013
I think Shia Lebouf should play the young Han... just kidding.
I think Shia Lebouf should play the young Han... just kidding.
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7:19PM on 09/13/2013
I'd like to see them pull from the book trilogy on how him and Chewie meet. Also Jabba would have to be a must in this. They could definitely bring in Boba Fett, IG 88 and some the other bounty hunters from Empire. For throwing casting names in the air what about Daniel Radcliffe?
I'd like to see them pull from the book trilogy on how him and Chewie meet. Also Jabba would have to be a must in this. They could definitely bring in Boba Fett, IG 88 and some the other bounty hunters from Empire. For throwing casting names in the air what about Daniel Radcliffe?
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7:03PM on 09/13/2013
I was excited to hear about getting more star wars, but it seems Disney is focused on playing it safe and milking these characters for all they're worth. You have a whole galaxy of potential, but nothing that original is happening yet. Just sequels/preqeuls of characters we already know.
I was excited to hear about getting more star wars, but it seems Disney is focused on playing it safe and milking these characters for all they're worth. You have a whole galaxy of potential, but nothing that original is happening yet. Just sequels/preqeuls of characters we already know.
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2:37PM on 09/13/2013

The only choice for Young Han

or Young Indy would have been River Phoenix. He would have been amazing in both,
or Young Indy would have been River Phoenix. He would have been amazing in both,
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2:28PM on 09/13/2013

Wasn't this already confirmed earlier this year?

How is this news? I thought a Han Solo, Boba Fett. and Yoda movie were all but confirmed as just some of the few "independent" Star Wars films already in the works.
How is this news? I thought a Han Solo, Boba Fett. and Yoda movie were all but confirmed as just some of the few "independent" Star Wars films already in the works.
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2:00PM on 09/13/2013
Unless they're gonna portray Han Solo: The Teen Years, then leave him alone. One of the reasons Harrison Ford has been such an awesome actor for his two signature roles, is because I honestly cannot imagine them being played by anyone else. The smirk, the sarcastic wit, it's pure Ford. Unless they go much younger than we've seen (complete with '70s hair) then yeah, I have zero interest in this. On top of that yeah, explaining away the various characters didn't exactly do the franchise many
Unless they're gonna portray Han Solo: The Teen Years, then leave him alone. One of the reasons Harrison Ford has been such an awesome actor for his two signature roles, is because I honestly cannot imagine them being played by anyone else. The smirk, the sarcastic wit, it's pure Ford. Unless they go much younger than we've seen (complete with '70s hair) then yeah, I have zero interest in this. On top of that yeah, explaining away the various characters didn't exactly do the franchise many favors when they made the prequels.

And seriously, what bigger adventures did Han Solo have before he joined the Rebellion? Unless they want to paint him as almost a villain (it is hinted at in the movies).
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12:54PM on 09/13/2013
This just seems really unnecessary. Don't get me wrong, I love Han Solo, he's one of the best characters in the Star Wars universe. But there isn't anything about him that needs explaining for me. I get it, he was a greedy smuggler that got tangled up with the rebellion and he ended up becoming a hero in the war to overthrow the Empire. To me, that's his story, there's really nothing more to it than that. The only potential I can see for this film is if they explain what the Kessel Run was
This just seems really unnecessary. Don't get me wrong, I love Han Solo, he's one of the best characters in the Star Wars universe. But there isn't anything about him that needs explaining for me. I get it, he was a greedy smuggler that got tangled up with the rebellion and he ended up becoming a hero in the war to overthrow the Empire. To me, that's his story, there's really nothing more to it than that. The only potential I can see for this film is if they explain what the Kessel Run was all about and if he really did make it in 12 parsects....but even still, I don't really want that explained to me!

If they're going to go this route of having standalone movies, they should stick away from origin stories. I think it would be cooler if they use the standalone movies to explain or expand on new characters that are being introduced to the Star Wars Universe. Come to think of it, maybe (and hopefully) the sources have it wrong and it's not going to be a Han Solo origin story, but rather origin stories to explain new characters in the Star Wars Universe being introduced in Ep. VII.
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12:51PM on 09/13/2013
As long as they don't cast Ben affleck as Han solo,iam up for it.when it comes to casting,i can only think of RDJ
As long as they don't cast Ben affleck as Han solo,iam up for it.when it comes to casting,i can only think of RDJ
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10:13PM on 09/13/2013
God I hope you're trolling. This is an origin story, and RDJ is already much older than Ford was in A New Hope.
God I hope you're trolling. This is an origin story, and RDJ is already much older than Ford was in A New Hope.
12:34PM on 09/13/2013
At least we'll be spared 'Star Wars Origins: C-3PO' (again).
At least we'll be spared 'Star Wars Origins: C-3PO' (again).
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12:18PM on 09/13/2013

Does EVERYTHING need to be explained?

Look at the Prequels...wasn't the Force much cooler when there was an air of mystery around it during the Original Trilogy? But Lucas felt the need to explain everything and we got lame Midi-chlorians. Vader was so unbelievably badass when we didn't know every detail of why he turned to the dark side. Now whenever I think of Vader, I can't help but think of the annoying actors who've portrayed Anakin since Episode I. Really, the whiny, immature, scared of sand Anakin went on to become one of
Look at the Prequels...wasn't the Force much cooler when there was an air of mystery around it during the Original Trilogy? But Lucas felt the need to explain everything and we got lame Midi-chlorians. Vader was so unbelievably badass when we didn't know every detail of why he turned to the dark side. Now whenever I think of Vader, I can't help but think of the annoying actors who've portrayed Anakin since Episode I. Really, the whiny, immature, scared of sand Anakin went on to become one of the most intimidating, best villains ever? Now we have to sit through even more origin stories of our favorite characters, because money? Terrible idea.
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1:59PM on 09/13/2013
I'm with you, I don't even recognize the horrible prequels as part of the originals Star Wars cannon, I felt the same way about Indy 4, George Lucas needs to leave old properties alone, and NO MORE REBOOTS OR PREQUELS. I love the Indiana Jones Trilogy and the original Star Wars, if it ain't broke don't fix it.
I'm with you, I don't even recognize the horrible prequels as part of the originals Star Wars cannon, I felt the same way about Indy 4, George Lucas needs to leave old properties alone, and NO MORE REBOOTS OR PREQUELS. I love the Indiana Jones Trilogy and the original Star Wars, if it ain't broke don't fix it.
11:07AM on 09/13/2013
Origin stories suck! Do something original!
Origin stories suck! Do something original!
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10:46AM on 09/13/2013
I don't think oversaturation is going to be an issue if each origin story stays away from the main Star Wars storyline - like the recent Wolverine movie which had nothing to do with the grand scheme of things until the teaser. If oversaturation was a problem...comic books would have died long ago...and Marvel's successful cinematic universe wouldn't have been so successful. Given the success of the Marvel movies, hopefully Disney will learn a lot about how to manage the plan they're coming up
I don't think oversaturation is going to be an issue if each origin story stays away from the main Star Wars storyline - like the recent Wolverine movie which had nothing to do with the grand scheme of things until the teaser. If oversaturation was a problem...comic books would have died long ago...and Marvel's successful cinematic universe wouldn't have been so successful. Given the success of the Marvel movies, hopefully Disney will learn a lot about how to manage the plan they're coming up with. I wonder if they're getting any input from the Marvel people. Ultimately, going by the last three Star Wars movies, my only concern is will each movie be enjoyable and make sense? I just don't want anything in a Han Solo movie that will hint at his future by making some phony connection to the person he ends up becoming. Han Solo was in it for himself before he met Luke...and still was until the end of the movie - please lets not change that fact.
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10:24AM on 09/13/2013

DONT!

Disney and ultimately Star Wars is going to pay the price of oversaturation of these films......be original and come up with original stuff....we don't need or want any of the solo films suggested...yoda, han, or fett.....we love the characters but please stop now and don't ruin them!! Its going to be a disaster! why not just do a Knights of the Old Republic movie?????
Disney and ultimately Star Wars is going to pay the price of oversaturation of these films......be original and come up with original stuff....we don't need or want any of the solo films suggested...yoda, han, or fett.....we love the characters but please stop now and don't ruin them!! Its going to be a disaster! why not just do a Knights of the Old Republic movie?????
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10:33AM on 09/13/2013
Seriously? More prequels?
Seriously? More prequels?
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10:24AM on 09/13/2013

Ohhhh

Maybe too old, but Rick from walking dead would be really good. But him in an origin movie now, wouldn't be much different than Ford in the original. I could look it up, but I'm prolly not going to. I just noticed similarities while catching up on season 3
Maybe too old, but Rick from walking dead would be really good. But him in an origin movie now, wouldn't be much different than Ford in the original. I could look it up, but I'm prolly not going to. I just noticed similarities while catching up on season 3
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10:23AM on 09/13/2013
So it won't be "Episode VII: A New Dawn", but rather "Episode VII: A New Han".
So it won't be "Episode VII: A New Dawn", but rather "Episode VII: A New Han".
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10:16PM on 09/13/2013
Standalone means separate from the "numbered" movies. One story; no sequels.
Standalone means separate from the "numbered" movies. One story; no sequels.
1:53AM on 09/14/2013
It was a joke. See up there? Pun. Meant to be funny. Sheesh, people are so grumpy today.
It was a joke. See up there? Pun. Meant to be funny. Sheesh, people are so grumpy today.
10:15AM on 09/13/2013
As I think about twenty-something actors (or actors that still look twenty-something) who have the look and personality to turn into the forty-something Han we are all familiar with I keep coming back to Channing Tatum. I'm not even a fan of his but for some reason I just think he would work here.
As I think about twenty-something actors (or actors that still look twenty-something) who have the look and personality to turn into the forty-something Han we are all familiar with I keep coming back to Channing Tatum. I'm not even a fan of his but for some reason I just think he would work here.
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10:37AM on 09/13/2013
I'm sure every casting suggestion is going to get thumbs down no matter how good it is because nobody wants anybody but Ford to play Solo.
I'm sure every casting suggestion is going to get thumbs down no matter how good it is because nobody wants anybody but Ford to play Solo.
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9:38AM on 09/13/2013
I can't imagine Han Solo being played by anyone else but Ford.. but who knows, if they surprise us with a brilliant casting choice, anything can happen! ..but I somehow doubt I'll be happy with the casting!
I can't imagine Han Solo being played by anyone else but Ford.. but who knows, if they surprise us with a brilliant casting choice, anything can happen! ..but I somehow doubt I'll be happy with the casting!
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9:18AM on 09/13/2013

Not Exactly Thrilled

I was really hoping for a separate franchise whether it be Knights of the Old Republic or a Bounty Hunter film that's dark with a Dredd feel to it. Mainly I was just wanting something new and fresh but I guess this will do. Just don't want them diluting how special a few franchise this is by cramming it in our face every year.
I was really hoping for a separate franchise whether it be Knights of the Old Republic or a Bounty Hunter film that's dark with a Dredd feel to it. Mainly I was just wanting something new and fresh but I guess this will do. Just don't want them diluting how special a few franchise this is by cramming it in our face every year.
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9:47AM on 09/13/2013
These aren't series films though; they are oneshots. One story with no sequels and that's it. They already announced that the other film is focusing on Boba Fett, but I doubt it will be anything like Dredd. Star Wars has been a family oriented franchise for 35 years and will probably stay that way.
These aren't series films though; they are oneshots. One story with no sequels and that's it. They already announced that the other film is focusing on Boba Fett, but I doubt it will be anything like Dredd. Star Wars has been a family oriented franchise for 35 years and will probably stay that way.
10:26AM on 09/13/2013
Look I completely agree with you....we need originality and freshness...not rehashing old characters that they feel they can get a return on....dumb dumb dumb....Disney is going to pay for this mistake sadly Star Wars will again pay the price too
Look I completely agree with you....we need originality and freshness...not rehashing old characters that they feel they can get a return on....dumb dumb dumb....Disney is going to pay for this mistake sadly Star Wars will again pay the price too
9:05AM on 09/13/2013
Pretty much what I expected. When I 1st heard that they we're doing 2 standalone flicks the 1st thing that I told my friends was that I thought they'd do a Han Solo origin & a Yoda origin. I'll definitely be there to see them opening night. What the hell, it's Star Wars. I just hope that they turn out better than the prequel trilogy. Also, while I'm game for PG-13 Star Wars all of the previous, except for Revenge of the Sith, we're all PG. So I'm not entirely confident that all of the
Pretty much what I expected. When I 1st heard that they we're doing 2 standalone flicks the 1st thing that I told my friends was that I thought they'd do a Han Solo origin & a Yoda origin. I'll definitely be there to see them opening night. What the hell, it's Star Wars. I just hope that they turn out better than the prequel trilogy. Also, while I'm game for PG-13 Star Wars all of the previous, except for Revenge of the Sith, we're all PG. So I'm not entirely confident that all of the installments will make it to PG-13. We all know that older PG flicks, such as Jaws, would be at least PG-13 now-a-days. I think that if the original trilogy we're made today, Empire & Return might rate PG-13. It makes more sense to me to have them PG-13 because then you could at least have some serious lightsaber duels & possibly maiming. Plus be a little more intense with the action.
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9:50AM on 09/13/2013
They;ve already confirmed that the second standalone is Boba Fett.
They;ve already confirmed that the second standalone is Boba Fett.
11:08AM on 09/13/2013
Jaws was R but you're right that it would probably be PG-13 now. They didn't stop kids from going in when it came out even though they were supposed to.
Jaws was R but you're right that it would probably be PG-13 now. They didn't stop kids from going in when it came out even though they were supposed to.
9:04AM on 09/13/2013

Only if they go with Timothy Zahn's origin story

I liked the idea that Han Solo was an Imperial Academy dropout before becoming a smuggler; it neatly explained how he was so good at it.

As far as the actor goes, I guess the usual suspects: Kodi Smit-McPhee or Asa Butterfield. I honestly can't think of anyone else right now.
I liked the idea that Han Solo was an Imperial Academy dropout before becoming a smuggler; it neatly explained how he was so good at it.

As far as the actor goes, I guess the usual suspects: Kodi Smit-McPhee or Asa Butterfield. I honestly can't think of anyone else right now.
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9:03AM on 09/13/2013
i expect the antagonist to be Jabba the Hut!
i expect the antagonist to be Jabba the Hut!
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8:46AM on 09/13/2013
There was this utterly ridiculous article somewhere on the internet (found it through those "direct traffic to your site" thing on the sidebar of this site) suggesting Jennifer Lawrence for young Han Solo. Had a good laugh.
There was this utterly ridiculous article somewhere on the internet (found it through those "direct traffic to your site" thing on the sidebar of this site) suggesting Jennifer Lawrence for young Han Solo. Had a good laugh.
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10:27AM on 09/13/2013
I read that too....tards
I read that too....tards
8:39AM on 09/13/2013
So they're going to be looking at every smart ass actor that they can find for a young Han Solo. Good luck with that one.

Give us a Bobba Fett solo film!
So they're going to be looking at every smart ass actor that they can find for a young Han Solo. Good luck with that one.

Give us a Bobba Fett solo film!
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8:38AM on 09/13/2013

scary thought of the day

Star Wars Origins: Han Solo.
Star Wars Origins: Han Solo.
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8:35AM on 09/13/2013
Reminds me of the Chronicles of Young Indiana Jones.
Reminds me of the Chronicles of Young Indiana Jones.
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