Bob Iger spoke in an event at USC and dropped some information about the plot of the standalone Han Solo film and spoke about the next 15 years for the Star Wars franchise. Check it out below.
Disney CEO Bob Iger, who recently agreed to an extension to continue running the Mouse House until 2019, provided some details for the Han Solo prequel and the future of Star Wars during an event at the University of Southern California. It was reported previously that the Han Solo movie would focus on how Han became the smuggler, thief and scoundrel we know from the original trilogy. During the event at USC, Iger added that the events in the film will cover Han’s life from age 18 to 24 and will include how he came into possession of the Millennium Falcon and how he met Chewbacca. He also added this statement (via Coming Soon):
“You’ll also discover how he got his name.”
Wait, what? Does that mean that Han Solo isn’t his actual name? That certainly adds some intrigue to the history of one of cinema’s favorite characters. While I’m not a proponent for prequels, the casting, directors (Phil Lord and Chris Miller can do no wrong at the moment) and the few details that have emerged thus far have me very interested. Please be good.
As for the future of Star Wars, he addressed how many new films we could expect to see in the main saga and if the story for future installments have been modified following Carrie Fisher’s passing. Here’s what he said, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.
“We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories.”
“When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VII, VIII and IX,. We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie.”
So there’s potentially going to be another 15 years of Star Wars stories to be told (music to any fanboy’s ears). If the movies are still as profitable 15 years from now as they are today I would expect that time frame to continue indefinitely.
What do you think? Are you excited about the Han Solo movie and what do you think about the cast and the few details we know so far? Do you think Lucasfilm can continue making quality Star Wars related movies for another 15 consecutive years? Do you think there will be Star Wars fatigue by that time, or is this franchise immune? Han Solo is set to arrive in theaters May 25, 2018.