Disney announced this week that a series of films set in the Star Wars universe will be produced separately from JJ Abrams's Episode 7 and the ensuing 8 and 9.
[Harrison Ford as Han Solo, left, and Boba Fett]
A highly-placed source revealed to Entertainment Weekly that a Han Solo origin story and a bounty hunter-themed movie are being developed by Disney, but cautioned that it is still very early in the planning stages.
The Han Solo origin film would be set before A New Hope and would show how he became a galactic smuggler.
Harrison Ford could potentially appear to set up a flashback of Han Solo's background, but a younger actor would play the character throughout most of the film.
The Boba Fett adventure would see him attempting to collect a bounty while outsmarting other galactic travellers. This film would apparently slot in somewhere between A New Hope and Return of the Jedi.
Both of these movies could potentially feature appearances by Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt, who was presented as one of Han Solo's greatest enemies in the original trilogy.
[Darth Vader, left, and Jabba the Hutt with Princess Leia]
Disney has not officially commented on these latest spinoff movie reports.
The company's chairman Bob Iger did confirm earlier in the week that The Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and Mr & Mrs Smith's Simon Kinberg are working on stand-alone projects.
"So we plan to make Star Wars 7, 8 and 9 over roughly a six-year period of time starting in 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period of time too," Iger explained.
There have been additional reports this week that another stand-alone film could be focused on Yoda, although again there has been no confirmation.
Abrams's Star Wars Episode 7 will be based on a script written by Toy Story 3's Michael Arndt.
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