Disney CEO Bob Iger, fresh from a contract renewal that keeps him as the head of Disney through at least mid-2019, appeared at an event at USC this week and has dropped all sorts of “Star Wars” related news which is making headlines.
It’s hard to believe that there was a time when fans thought they wouldn’t see any more Star Wars films at all, given the long, dry years of the saga between the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983 and the beginning of the prequel trilogy with Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999. Unfortunately, Star Wars creator George Lucas left audiences with a little to be desired with his origins of Darth Vader arc, leaving another 10-year void in the wake of 2005’s Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
The big news is the future of the franchise, one that will not end with the ninth episode in 2019 which is currently the end point for the ‘saga’ films: “We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX, about what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories.”
Next he discussed Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Han Solo movie which is currently filming. We already knew that it will focus on how young Han (Alden Ehrenreich) became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel we all first met at Mos Eisley.
Now Iger confirms the film will span a nearly seven year stretch – covering Han’s life from 18 to 24, including how he came to possess the Millennium Falcon, how he first met Chewbacca, and “you will also discover how he got his name”.
Finally he confirmed that the recent passing of Carrie Fisher will not impact her role in Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” later this year:
“We had to deal 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.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in December, while the Han Solo movie is currently slated for a May 25th 2018 release.