It's been a fairly exciting week (week? Let's say 'lifetime') for those of us that love geeking out. On top of a long list of superhero casting announcements, fans of Star Wars received even more news on the first ever Star Wars spinoff movie to hit the big screen. So, what's the 4-1-1?
A Boba Fett and Han Solo Spinoff
Given that this already hit headlines multiple times, this point should be easy to get out of the way: originally rumored to feature in two separate spin-off films, Han Solo and the man that hunted him for bounty, Boba Fett, will both take lead roles in the upcoming movie. With Han being known as a rather troublesome smuggler and pirate, it's not hard to guess that Boba Fett was already familiar with the renegade Captain by the time his body was carted off to Slave I in Empire Strikes Back.
But could these one-time enemies collaborate for a particular cause? On the other hand, the movie could easily pit the two against each other once more in a race against time to obtain something that's been a key part of these rumors for a long time...
The Death Star Plans
For a while now, it's been rumored that fans will see how the plans for the Death Star were obtained by the Rebel Alliance, and this film could very well be part of that process. While the original idea pointed toward the plot of [Star Wars Rebels](series:965946), which details the early development of the Rebel Alliance through the eyes of a rag-tag crew-for-hire (among many other things), the show could very well tie in with the film itself.
If the film is truly about both Solo and Fett, it's not exactly far-fetched to imagine that the two could have been hired individually to obtain the plans for two very different employers.
There's a Major Female Lead
The women rumored for casting paint a picture of a tough, whip-smart woman. [Orphan Black](series:785016)'s Tatiana Maslany is so talented that she plays most of the cast on her show. Kate Mara dominated as Zoe Barnes in House of Cards, but the star of [The Fantastic Four](movie:34667) is reportedly finding competition in her sister, Rooney Mara, who apparently went in to test this past week. Felicity Jones, who delivered an incredible performace in [The Theory of Everything](movie:1000359), and might be awaiting a role as the Black Cat in [The Amazing Spider-Man 3](movie:671279), rounds out the pool.
But what role are these ladies allegedly vying for? It's pretty easy to assume that this will be a new character, but fans of the upcoming Star Wars comics from Marvel might also remember a rather dangerous woman being introduced as of recent: Aphra, the relic hunter. She's scheduled to appear in issue three of the Darth Vader comic series, and apparently plays an integral part in the issue.
That's a bit of a long-shot, though - Aphra doesn't really look like any of the actresses being tested. The Clone Wars, though, left us with a few loose ends:
Latino-Review's Da7e suggests Sugi - who made it through the EU purge, as her time on [Star Wars: The Clone Wars](series:200641) is still counted as canon. Sugi has strong ties to the Hutt family, and given that both of our main characters also have a history with the Hutts, we could be seeing this dangerous scoundrel soon enough.
But then, of course, there's the ever-existing hope that we'll see the return of Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker's Padawan who broke the hearts of Star Wars fans everywhere (read: me, in a snuggie, crying as Netflix continued to play the episode) when she departed from the Jedi Council that she felt never believed in her. Ahsoka shared Anakin's more abrasive traits, but was an incredibly skilled young Padawan, and her creator Dave Filoni (who currently helms Rebels) has already admitted that he knows what happened to her in the end. Whether we see that in any form during the new stories is still up in the air.
Gary Whitta Out, Someone Else In
Gary Whitta penned the first draft of the spin-off's script, but the writer recently departed from the project in order to work on Starlight, FOX's next adaptation of the Mark Millar graphic novel (their upcoming film, [Kingsman: The Secret Service](movie:713143), features Star Wars alums Mark Hamill and Samuel L. Jackson).
Rumors swirled around Simon Kinberg, the mind behind [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942), [The Fantastic Four](movie:34667), is also a key player in the development of the growing Star Wars canon. While Kinberg is likely working on the film, THR has reported that Chris Weitz will be taking over where Whitta left off. Weitz is known best for flicks such as About a Boy, American Pie, Antz, and Twilight: New Moon.
We'll keep you updated on confirmations and official word.
Shooting Locations Get Local... Sort of
MakingStarWars recently reported on new shooting details for the spinoff and [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158), saying that the spin-off would re-use set pieces from The Force Awakens, and utilize even more real-world filmography instead of CGI. According to NSW's Jason Ward:
Crew members are hearing their start dates now.
Many believe they are doing a lot of work on-location in Mexico for the first spin-off.
There have been some Star Wars: The Force Awakens re-shoots going down recently at Pinewood using some of those people.
Bounty hunters are important to the film.
Painters are expected to redress some set pieces from The Force Awakens and there are lots of cost cutting measures like that in place for the first spin-off film. Most of the reshoot materials are to be saved when possible for this reason.
An ensemble film with one, or even two teams of scoundrels and bounty hunters, racing against each other to obtain plans for one of the most dangerous weapons in sci-fi history? Color me interested.