During a talk yesterday afternoon, Bob Iger revealed a few details on both the Han Solo standalone, and Carrie Fisher’s final role in The Last Jedi.
The endless march to the profit sea by Disney since taking over Lucasfilm shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. On the heels of two smash hits in two years, the franchise is already in full speed ahead mode for both this year’s release Star Wars: The Last Jedi (otherwise known as “Episode VIII”) and Star Wars: The Untitled Han Solo Joint We’re Assuming We’ll Be A Massive Hit By Default which is already filming, despite not having an real title, and a release date in 2018.
During a talk yesterday in Santa Monica, Bob Iger the CEO of Disney, was more than just a little excited about the motherload gusher well of cash they had tapped into by rebooting the Star Wars franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Iger said at the talk:
"“We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories.”"
For those who have not been keeping their calendars updated, Star Wars: Episode IX is due in theaters May 23rd, 2019. So that’s another 15 years worth of movies that Disney is currently plotting out, starting in 2020, which will take us all the way to 2035.
(Personally, I don’t know how old you’re going to be in 2035, but Immabout to be hitting retirement age right around then. And still going to see Star Wars movies. Feel free to chill for a moment and process this. I did.)
Meanwhile, back in the current timeframe of movies that Disney is actually in the process of making, Iger touched on two major questions fans have had about the upcoming releases. With Carrie Fisher’s untimely passing last Christmas, there have been a lot of questions about how her part will be handled in both The Last Jedi and in Episode IX. Iger put to bed any doubts about Fisher’s part in this year’s installment.
"“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.”"
He also teased some of the details for the Han Solo movie. Specifically, when in a galaxy far far away it will be set.
"…the film will span the Star Wars rogue’s years from age 18 to 24. Han (played by Alden Ehrenreich) will meet Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and will be seen finding his ship, The Millennium Falcon."
No, they did not actually say if we’ll see them make that famous Kessel Run in 12 parsecs. But my guess is we just might.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in theaters Dec. 15, 2017. Star Wars: The Currently Untitled Han Solo Film arrives six months later, on May 25, 2018. Merchandising will be available for both everywhere soon.