Will the 3rd ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Be About an X-Wing Squad or Luke Skywalker?

Published 2 months ago by , Updated May 17th, 2014 at 12:45 pm,

star wars spinoff x wing squad Will the 3rd Star Wars Spinoff Be About an X Wing Squad or Luke Skywalker?

When Star Wars first released in 1977, it not only revolutionized visual effects, but also a major facet of movie marketing: merchandising. Today, leaked toy images and box art text can lead to a bevy of rumors, but seeing as they have their origins in official tie-in merchandising, the rumors usually contain a grain of truth.

Which is more than can be said for the majority of rumors about Disney’s and Lucasfilm’s future plans for the Star Wars franchise. We’ve known for some time that more films than Episodes VII, VIII, and IX were planned, with Disney/Lucasfilm confirming they intend to release a new Star Wars movie every year (beginning with Episode VII in 2015). As for who or what those movies will be about, the more popular rumors suggest origin stories for Boba Fett and Han Solo, or even a film centering on a young Yoda.

Continuing this tradition of a movie’s toys potentially revealing pertinent information earlier than any promotional material or press release, a recent Hasbro event may have unveiled just what Star Wars spinoffs are in the works. German website StarWars-Union.de was in attendance and are reporting Hasbro potentially revealed Star Wars film lineup through 2020, including projects titled Boba Fett, Solo, and Red Five.

This news was later reported by well-known Star Wars blogs Jedi News and Making Star Wars, but those sites have since been asked to remove the information. And depending on how you’d like to interpret that, the requested removal could add more credence to these rumors or not.

Here’s the release breakdown as revealed at the Hasbro event:

  • 2014: Rebels

  • 2015: Episode VII

  • 2016: Boba Fett

  • 2017: Episode VIII

  • 2018: Solo

  • 2019: Episode IX

  • 2020: Red Five

For the most part, this aligns with the rumors we’ve been hearing for a while, specifically the talk of spinoff films for Boba Fett and Han Solo. Though, it should be noted a project named Solo wouldn’t necessarily feature only Han, especially since it’s been widely assumed the Solo children will be appearing in the new trilogy. A Solo family adventure, perhaps?

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Most interesting, however, is the Red Five project. What could that imply? Well, “Red 5″ was Luke Skywalker’s call sign during the Battle of Yavin at the end of A New Hope. It’s been reused by a few characters before and since, but it’s almost always associated with a pilot, specifically an X-Wing pilot, in the service of the Rebellion.

A project called Red Five has a lot of possibilities. For instance, it could be similar to the Fett and Solo projects and center on a young Luke Skywalker. Set between Episodes IV and V, Red Five could follow Luke as rebel pilot before he continues his Jedi training with Yoda. Then again, we could see a new pilot take up the call sign of “Red 5″ or even a whole squadron of X-Wing pilots operating under the famous moniker.

And while the leaked lineup appears to imply that these projects are films, seeing as they’re listed between the expected continuing saga Episodes, the first one listed – Star Wars: Rebels – is a TV show. If Red Five is indeed a new story about a Rebel squadron, then a television series might be a more fitting format, allowing audiences to check in once a week with their continuing adventures.

What do you make of this leaked lineup for Star Wars projects through 2020? Does its origin at a Hasbro event and the fact it was removed from other Star Wars news sites make it more credible than other rumors? What do you think a Red Five project could be about? Sound off in the comments below!

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Star Wars Rebels premieres with a one-hour special this fall on Disney XD. Star Wars: Episode VII releases in theaters December 18th, 2015. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more information about Boba Fett, Solo, and Red Five.

Source: StarWars-Union.de (via /Film)

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  1. This is the first that I’ve heard about a 2 year separation between release dates for the episodes of the saga rather than the traditional 3. Is this a new development or has anyone heard this elsewhere before?

    • The CEO of Disney announced a while back that they are wanting to have a Star Wars movie in theaters once a year, alternating between the saga and the spinoff films, hope that helps.

  2. It’d better! There weren’t enough space battles in the prequel trilogy, despite the technological possibilites since Return of the Jedi. I want to see cruisers and fighters duke it out!

  3. No Disney always intended to release a saga episode every two years with another movie in between.

  4. Superb. The most extensive and legitimate “Star Wars” news thus far. And it all sounds brilliant.

    Hasbro is demanding that this source of information be taken down at once, unless it already has has been taken down already.

    Appears to be an honest mistake in terms of revealing truthful news. The only way we can gather “real” information.

    “Red 5″ suggests a solo based film on the exploits of the Rebel star fighters. Luke Skywalker, R2 and his X Wing? YES!

    And one film a year. And it all begins next year. I’m so there!

  5. Sounds great. This is just the sort of thing that I’d like to see.

  6. Sounds good to me! It is a great time to be a Star Wars Fan.

  7. Lame. We already know enough about the young Luke Skywalker, as episodes 4, 5, and 6 were pretty much about him. I don’t believe this is going to happen…just another rumor in the rumor mill.

    • I was thinking the same way. The original trilogy was basically about Luke becoming a Jedi and defeating the Empire and redeeming his father. I definitely wouldn’t mind a Rogue Squadron film though!

  8. Red Five is a working title, that is my guess. So the movie could be about Luke, it could be about his predecessor, it could be about his replacement or it could be a film about Rogue Squadron. If it is about RS, then then the setting will be key. Post ROTJ makes sense given that the Death Star raids were the biggest sorties RS flew.

  9. I would love a Rogue Squadron movie!

  10. A story about the famed Rogue Squadron is something definitely worth a try, given how well-known the group is in the EU.

    If that is the case, I can imagine the movie going for a Top Gun-style approach and a little fresh of breath air for the franchise.

    • Thrawn?

    • The EU has been completely thrown out at this point. I’m speculating that “Red 5″ will be a cartoon series based around the adventures of Luke Skywalker post ANH. “Rebels” will have run its course by then and it will be time for a new cartoon series.

      • God, I hope not. The starfighter pilot topic deserves a high budgment live action treatmeant instead of being wasted in crappy kid’s cartoon show with very poor graphics.

        • +100,000,000

          For a movie series with such great (and ground breaking) special effects, the animated series are poorly done.

  11. I would love to see a true Darth Vader movie about him kicking ass as seen in the Force Unleashed.

  12. I was really hoping for a spinoff about Darth Sidious. I would much rather see that than a movie about Boba Fett or Han Solo.

    • You’re probably the only one, then. I think a movie about Darth Sidious would be insidiously boring. Give me a more complex character like Boba Fett any time.

      • I agree with Chewie. Sidious in Sith training with Darth Plagious sounds great. Boba Fett was always meh to me. The EU is thrown out, so you’re just assuming that he’s cool. Nothing shows anything “complex” about Boba Fett in canon. I’d still watch it, but Sith training is something we’ve never seen. How complex was his plan and subsequent rise to power? We know Boba’s main story and how/why he got to where he was. Jedi killed his “dad”…he’s a bounty hunter…etc. I know you’re in the majority, but Chewie isn’t the only one. Always 2 there are

  13. Darth Maul

  14. Boba Fett went down like a chump in ROTJ, and they’ve been trying to ret-con it ever since. Hahahaha.

  15. ‘Red 5′ as a squadron named in honorarium, featuring all new characters actually sounds like an exciting new direction for the franchise.

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