The biggest Star Wars news of the week came from Disney chief Bob Iger, who surprisingly revealed far more secrets about the upcoming movies than anyone would expect. On Thursday, Iger spoke at a University of Southern California tech conference, dropping details on Christopher Miller and Phil Lord’s Han Solo movie and the franchise’s future after Episode IX.
No Changes After Carrie Fisher’s Death
Even though Disney does have plenty of time to make changes to Star Wars: The Last Jedi after Carrie Fisher’s death in December 2016, Iger insisted that there have been no changes made to the film. General Organa, who didn’t have a major role in The Force Awakens, is set to be a big part in The Last Jedi.
“We are not changing 8 to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it was in 8,” Iger said, reports Variety. “In Rogue One, we created digitally a few characters… We’re not doing that with Carrie.”
That last like is particularly important. After there were rumors that Disney would create a digital version of Fisher for Episode IX, there was a surprising statement from Lucasfilm and Disney.
“We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address,” the January statement said. “We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.”
Disney famously brought Peter Cushing back to life for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film also featured a digitally recreated young Princess Leia at the very end.
Han Solo’s Not His Name?
The big stunner from Iger’s talk was that Han Solo might not be Han’s real name. “You’ll also discover how he got his name,” Iger said of the untitled Han Solo movie.
Iger also said that the film will cover Han’s life from the time he’s 18 to 24 years old. That would easily be the longest stretch of time ever covered in a single Star Wars movie. We’ll learn how Han won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian and how he met Chewbacca. Basically, the film will re-write everything we ever thought we knew about Han’s past in two hours.
The Future of ‘Star Wars’
After the Han Solo movie and Episode IX, there’s no firm plans on where the star Wars franchise goes next. But as The Hollywood Reporter notes, Iger said they have some plans mapped out for the next decade-and-a-half. When Disney first bought Lucasfilm, all they were imagining was just making a new sequel trilogy.
“We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories,” Iger said.
As for the Star Wars Land attractions that will open in Disney World and Disney Land in 2019, Iger didn’t say much. He said that there will be a ride that lets visitors ride in the Millennium Falcon “and go for joyrides.”
The Han Solo movie hits theaters on May 25, 2018, while The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017. The Last Jedi is being directed by Rian Johnson, while Jurassic World‘s Colin Tervorrow was hired to helm Episode IX. That movie is slated for 2019.
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