Today, there was official confirmation from the head of Disney Bob Iger, that there will be spin-off films in the Star Wars cinematic universe. What does this mean? Well, what we previously thought may not be true (that remains to be seen, with this news). We thought that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were going to be the screenwriters on Episodes VIII and IX, and that might still be true, as no writers have been announced at this time for those films. They will be consulting on those films, as they are on Episode VII currently. However, they will be pretty busy developing their own screenplays following individual characters in the Star Wars universe.
The scoundrel. The smuggler. The over-confident anti-hero. Han Solo and Lando Calrissian are two characters from the original trilogy that helped to make the Star Wars universe what it is today. They were the characters that we could relate to most, as they were on the outside of the force. They were out bridge into that world. These characters were the cowboys that would ride from town to town, and either wind up running things, like Lando, or they’d be a mercenary for hire, like Han. And they could not be found in the prequel trilogy.
This is a character that could have brought a bit more heart to the story, with a big personality and a no-nonsense attitude. It would have been our look at what the Clone Wars were doing to the rest of the universe from the perspective of an outsider that is now somehow getting involved in the war.
Instead, we got a group that would be the equivalent of Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia in the lead roles, without Han Solo or Chewbacca. It really showed.