One of Lucasfilm's next Star Wars spinoffs could star none other than the disgusting gangster himself, Jabba the Hutt. Since being acquired by Disney in 2012, Lucasfilm will soon have released three films as part of their Star Wars relaunch. The main saga films have been the anchor so far, but the relaunch also gave the studio a chance to spread their wings and do standalone films outside of the Skywalker Saga. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story proved that there is plenty of interest in seeing more films set in a galaxy far, far away, which is good news for the studios as it is just the start.
Han Solo will be the second spinoff film and we now know that the long-awaited Obi-Wan film is gearing up to be the third "Star Wars Story". The reports about the Obi-Wan spinoff movie have brought with them updates on some of the other spinoffs that Lucasfilm has in early, early development right now. The list includes Boba Fett and Yoda solo films, as well as a movie about Jabba, it would seem.
In Variety's writeup of the Obi-Wan news, they revealed that one of the other spinoff films being developed is a Jabba the Hutt story. With Jabba's name and movie being included in a group of candidates, it is unclear what the level of interest is. This could be in the earliest of stages of development and never see the light of day, or it possible it could be the fourth standalone to hit theaters. All of that depends on how development continues from hereon out.
Jabba is a notoriously unlikable alien in the Star Wars universe, making him an odd choice to potentially get his own film. Lucasfilm has (so far) avoided going outside the box with its Star Wars spinoff movies, so a gangster-styled Star Wars film starring a despicable alien would make for an unexpected change of pace. However, if Lucasfilm was looking to branch out and embrace different genre with these standalones, then maybe Jabba actually has a chance.
Even though there is a case to be made for Jabba and the underground world of the Star Wars universe he could help uncover, any future appearances are probably best kept for supporting roles. There are rumors Jabba will appear in the Han Solo movie in some capacity - and if a bounty hunter film starring Boba Fett ever happens, he would be a logical inclusion there, too.
While a Jabba the Hutt spinoff may never actually see the light of day, this news further illustrates Lucasfilm's current interest in having these spinoff films feature established and/or fan-favorite characters (Han Solo) or revolve around important events (Rogue One). As the franchise continues, hopefully the vast universe at Lucasfilm's hands will be more openly explored and give rise to true standalone adventures, in the process.
Jabba the Hutt is reportedly in development and does not have a release date.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019