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Rumor: We have three rumors to unpack here, so let’s just get cooking: 1) The next Star Wars spinoff film (which would be the second, after Rogue One) will be focused on young Han Solo and Boba Fett, 2) Matthew Vaughn or Jon Favreau will direct this film, 3) The third spinoff film will be focused on Yoda.
Source: Schmoes Know
Evidence: 1) “Han Solo and Boba Fett will be the focus of the second Star Wars Anthology film set for release in 2018.” 2) “Though no director is attached following [Josh] Trank’s departure, my source is saying that both Jon Faverau and Matthew Vaughn have been thought to be circling the project.” 3) The source has also said another interesting bit of information regarding a currently untitled THIRD Star Wars Anthology film that is possibly set for release in 2020…there’s been strong speculation that this could be an origin story regarding Yoda.”
The Speculometron’s calculations: There’s a lot to unpack here. The Schmoes are reporting a mess of juicy rumors that mostly speak to stuff that’s been floating around for months (as /Film puts it, “all the pieces almost feels like a rumor concocted and fed to the site just to link a bunch of other rumors we’d heard in the past. Or, maybe, it’s the reason why we’ve heard all those rumors in the past”). Does it all connect because it’s true, or because connecting it all makes it sound more true?
In any case, rumors of a Boba Fett-centric spinoff film have been swirling for months. He’s one of the most iconic characters in Star Wars lore, but we don’t really know that much about him (and, if you’re one of those fans who actively reject the second trilogy, you really don’t know a lot about him). Boba Fett’s appeal is rooted in his apparent mystery, and while it makes sense that the Star Wars team would want to explore that for spinoff potential, it is a little sad to think about. Are we really clamoring to see what’s under the helmet for an entire film? Let’s face it, it’s something that people want to see, so yeah, probably. The addition of Han Solo falls into that same complex Sarlacc pit of emotion, that “yeah, cool!” and then “oh, no!” stew of confusion. We already know that Fett and Han have a past, and this film would likely explore that further. The Schmoes share that “this Anthology film will explore the influence of Westerns and bounty hunter films,” which is undoubtedly cool. We’re so conflicted.
As for Vaughn and Favreau? Both directors have made their affection for the Star Wars universe clear, and both of them have lots of experience making large-scale adventure films with iconic characters. They’re both fine—if obvious—fits for the project. Given that Disney is already out one director for this feature, it seems likely that they’d want to hand the project over to someone experienced, so as to avoid whatever happened with Josh Trank earlier this year. And yet, the fact that they picked both Gareth Edwards and Trank for these spinoffs implies that they’re looking for younger talent, but will that hold?
And Yoda? The Schmoes report that this film would be “mythological and spiritual,” and Yoda is certainly a guy who is very in touch with those parts of his existence. Also, everyone loves Yoda, and he is a man (or, well, whatever species Yoda really is) filled with multitudes. Remember how weird and silly he was when we first met him on Dagobah? We’d take a whole film like that. And, like Fett, there’s plenty of unknown backstory to explore when it comes to Yoda, like, hey, what species are you?
Odds: 1) 70 to 1. We’ve long heard that Boba Fett was due for his own origin story, and while it makes sense that such a story would involve Han Solo, Harrison Ford’s portrayal is one of the most iconic performances in modern cinema, and he’s got tough boots to fill. No matter how great a story the Star Wars team cooks up, that’s the real sticking point here. A movie just about Boba Fett? We’d greenlight that today! A Boba Fett and Han Solo adventure? We’re going to hold off. 2) 27 to 1. Vaughn and Favreau are both obvious picks, but the Star Wars team might be looking to go younger and fresher with their director, as they did with Gareth Edwards (and Trank, which, well, didn’t really work out). 3) 8 to 1. People love Yoda!