The last few months of 2013 were filled with big superhero movie casting news - Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and Dwayne Johnson as... someone in the DC-verse - but the first quarter of 2014 looks to be dominated by Star Wars casting announcements, once J.J. Abrams finishes the script for Episode VII and preps to begin shooting this spring (for a December 2015 release date).
Besides legitimate facts (read: not rumors) concerning Episode VII, the new year should also bring us solid information on the developing Star Wars spinoffs. To refresh your memory: Disney and Lucasfilm intend to release one Star Wars film a year (beginning in 2015), beginning with a third movie trilogy and two character origin story features in between Episodes VII, VIII and IX, with a Han Solo origin film potentially being first.
Disney CEO Bob Iger previously confirmed that Lawrence Kasdan - who is co-writing Episode VII after having co-penned The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi some 30 years ago - and Simon Kinberg (screenwriter on X-Men: Days of Future Past) are working on Star Wars spinoffs "derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga." Rumor has it that the characters in question are a young(er) Han Solo and Boba Fett, and director Jon Schnepp recently lent further credibility to the possible Boba Fett movie with his comments about the project.
"One of [the Star Wars spinoffs] is Boba Fett. It is. I know. I know for a fact. I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan."
Schnepp, for those unaware, was a character designer, voice actor and director on Metalocalypse, in addition to having worked on other cult Adult Swim cartoon series like Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He doesn't have a reputation for starting rumors that prove false, plus his comments align with previous reports on the likelihood of a Boba Fett spinoff - which, if accurate, would implicate that Simon Kinberg is working on the Han Solo origin film.
Boba Fett's first live-action appearance was in The Empire Strikes Back, but the character was introduced in animated form in the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special released in 1978.
Episode II: Attack of the Clones established that Boba is a clone of another bounty hunter clad in Mandalorian armor, Jango Fett, and was raised as Jango's son prior to the former's death at the hands of Mace Windu. Boba's subsequent history has been explored before in Star Wars Expanded Universe books (see: K.W. Jeter's Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy) and the Clone Wars animated TV Series, but the spinoff movie will likely ignore any previous events that were not depicted on either the small or large screen.
It's feasible that the character could make an appearance on the animated Star Wars Rebels TV series, weaving the strands between the TV show and the Boba Fett spinoff even closer (given their shared continuity) - per Disney and Lucasfilm's plan to embrace the Marvel Studios' approach to shared universe construction. That might explain how Schnepp heard about the project; given his ties to the animation industry, he could've gotten his scoop from someone working on Rebels.
Are you interested in seeing a Boba Fett origin story/spinoff? What other spinoffs do you hope to see in the future? Let us know in the comments section!
If the Han Solo origin film/spinoff arrives in 2016, then the Boba Fett spinoff would release in 2018 (or vice versa).