I've got a bad feeling about this
After yesterday's news that Disney and Lucasfilm were planning stand-alone Star Wars movies alongside the new planned trilogy, sources in the US are confident that one of the films will be a Han Solo origin story.
Set before events in A New Hope, will we learn how Han became a smuggler? See his first meeting with Chewbacca? Explore how he ended up wanted by bounty hunters? Why he settled on that awesomely 70s barnet? Maybe. But it does beg a fundamental question...why? And...who?
Who could you possibly cast to play a younger version of one of the biggest, most popular, most charismatic film stars of the 20th century, in one of the most iconic roles of all time? Who would dare? And why would they risk the almost certain failure?
Just look what happened when Shia LaBeouf was cast alongside Harrison Ford in that Indiana Jones sequel. He looked and sounded like the lightweight he is.
Obviously, the point of these origin stories is to help claw back some of the $4bn Disney have invested in Lucasfilm. But the films are not needed. And do audiences really want them?
These stand-alone movies are not just competing with the original films, they are competing with audience's exaggerated memories of enjoying those films first time around, when Star Wars was new, and was changing cinema forever. They are on a hiding to nothing. Focusing on new characters and stories surely makes more sense.
Oh, and the other film being planned is said to feature Boba Fett. Hmmm. A cult fan favourite does not a good film make. Just ask Tank Girl.
Source: Entertainment Weekly