Over at Star Wars Union there’s a report from a German Hasbro presentation for retailers outlining Lucasfilm’s plans for Star Wars into 2020:
- Fall 2014: Rebels
- 2015: Episode VII
- 2016: Boba Fett
- 2017: Episode VIII
- 2018: Solo
- 2019: Episode IX
- 2020: Red Five
Very interesting indeed. The Boba Fett and Solo spinoffs are not particularly surprising, but… Red Five? As in, Luke Skywalker, X-wing pilot?
UPDATE: Hasbro requested that Jedi News remove the story. I’d also removed this story in support of the Jedi News team, but now that even Yahoo’s Scum and Villainy blog and Ain’t It Cool News are reporting this, I may as well put the story back up.
Here’s some pure speculation on my part:
- Rebels will run for five seasons, from late 2014 to early 2019, with each season spanning one year in the lead-up to Star Wars: A New Hope; it will culminate in the theft of the plans to the first Death Star
- In the first season of Rebels, we may see Lando Calrissian piloting the Millennium Falcon
- Both Boba Fett and Solo will effectively be space westerns set roughly in the same five year period as Rebels, with Lawrence Kasdan writing the Fett script and Simon Kinberg writing the Solo script
- Boba Fett will end with a set-up for the bounty hunter to cross paths with Han Solo in the second spinoff, Solo
- In Solo, we’ll see Lando lose the Falcon to Han and Fett associate himself with Jabba the Hutt; Han will perhaps struggle to pay back gambling debts, ultimately leading him to take on an insanely risky smuggling job that ends in failure
- At the conclusion of Rebels in 2019, Star Wars: A New Hope will have been set-up thoroughly, with the TV series, the two spinoffs and various tie-in media (e.g. A New Dawn, Tarkin and Lords of the Sith) all working in concert; the next logical step is a post-New Hope spinoff following the Rebellion’s X-wing pilots, with a more World War II-style feel than Boba Fett or Solo
In short, the spinoffs will most likely all be related in the same way the Avengers film universe operates, with Rebels being a little bit like the Star Wars answer to Agents of SHIELD. It’s no coincidence that A New Dawn, Rebels, Tarkin and Lords of the Sith are all going to be set in the lead-up to Star Wars: A New Hope: that’s where Lucasfilm plans to tell stories for the next five years.
(Note that Heir to the Jedi was initially planned as part of the old expanded universe, possibly before a clear direction was decided upon.)