Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed nearly two years ago their plans to make standalone spinoff films for the Star Wars universe that would be separate from their upcoming trilogy (Episodes VII, VIII, and IX). Since then, there’s been a lot of rumors as to what these films will be about, which characters will be featured, and who’d be cast.
The first film, which will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and is scheduled for release on December 16, 2016, has been rumored to be a Han Solo origins story, and today comes another tidbit about this production.
Making Star Wars reports that their sources tell them that the first film will be a Han Solo standalone feature, codenamed Luminac Industrial Goods, and that the filming on this one “will eventually overlap with some of Star Wars: Episode VIII.” They also say that Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is “looking to be attached” to the movie “in some fashion” and that “there was no direct implication he was playing Han Solo.”
Right now this is just a rumor and it wouldn’t be so surprising that Paul (along with a ton of other actors!) would want to get into the official Star Wars film franchise. Paul does have a foot in the Star Wars door though, which might be how this rumor got started: The actor participated earlier this month in director Jason Reitman’s one-night-only live-read of The Empire Strikes Back where he played the role of Luke Skywalker.
As previously reported, Chronicle director Josh Trank will helm the second standalone Star Wars film, which we know even less about (rumor is it’s about Boba Fett or Yoda).