After rumors of a possible standalone Star Wars film centered on Yoda, which was quickly followed up by confirmation Disney and LucasFilm were contemplating characters to focus on for standalone films outside of the new trilogy of Star Wars features, there was still no confirmation of which characters those films may focus on. Well, EW has some news on that.
Word is the two spin-off films would focus on: "A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler's origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue's gallery of galactic scum."
EW also brings additional details to the fold such as certain plot developments and where the stories would fit inside the established franchise:
The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars (now known as A New Hope), so although it's possible Harrison Ford could appear as a framing device, the movie would require a new actor for the lead -- one presumably much younger than even the 35-year-old Ford when he appeared in the 1977 original.
The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication -- in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who's still the right age for the part if his services were required.
I'm sure this isn't the end of the rumors we'll be receiving regarding these two films and who knows how many rumors will surround the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII, which is currently being written by Michael Arndt and targeting a 2015 release.
Working on the spin-off films are screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.