Walt Disney Co., which purchased Lucasfilm late last year, is already milking the "Star Wars" franchise for all it's worth.
Besides the post-"Return of the Jedi" "Star Wars" sequels already in the works, Disney recently announced plans for additional spin-off films.
According to Entertainment Weekly, two of those films are early in the development stages.
One film will focus on a young Han Solo, the swashbuckling space cowboy famously portrayed by Harrison Ford, in the time period between "Revenge of the Sith " and the first "Star Wars."
The other will feature Boba Fett, the mysterious Mandalorian bounty hunter of "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
Disney CEO Bob Iger discussed the spin-offs in an interview on CNBC Tuesday.
Boba Fett never removes his helmet in the previous "Star Wars" films, so it's hard to imagine who will play him. But fans are already eagerly awaiting casting news for a young Solo. Social media users took to the Twittersphere to weigh in:
On the one hand, a Han Solo origin film is a bad idea. On the other, Ryan Reynolds looks dashing in vests. fb.me/2At8qSWaV— screenjunkies (@screenjunkies) February 6, 2013
Young Han Solo? Why, that sounds like a job for Shia LaBeouf! But in all seriousness, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.— Rollin Bishop (@rollinbishop) February 6, 2013
Is Jensen Ackles too old to play young Han Solo? If so, I am not interested.— Carina MacKenzie (@cadlymack) February 6, 2013
I would be willing to endorse a Young Han Solo movie starring Donald Glover. As Han Solo.— Adam Sternbergh (@sternbergh) February 6, 2013