The ever-expanding Star Wars movie universe is brimming with spinoff potential. Aside from the new trilogy, set to conclude in 2019, we've got a host of stand-alone adventures incoming, which began with 2016's Rogue One and continues this week with SOLO: A Star Wars Story. Directed by Apollo 13 filmmaker Ron Howard, it stars Alden Ehrenreich as the younger Han Solo.
And now a fan favourite character is set to take his place in the spotlight. Step forward bounty hunter Boba Fett, the character responsible for encasing the older Solo (Harrison Ford) in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back. Fett will be getting his own spinoff movie, directed by Logan's James Mangold, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Such a project has been on the cards at Disney and Lucasfilm for a while, but it's now got the official go-ahead. Rumours are that Mangold will re-team with Logan producer Simon Kinberg, and given the critical acclaim that greeted that collaboration, we can surely expect spectacular results again. The aforementioned X-Men spinoff recast Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) adventures as a gritty, blood-soaked Western odyssey, and it will be fascinating to see how they can potentially re-author Fett's story.
Fett was originally played by Jeremy Bulloch and despite his limited screen time (he died in the Sarlacc pit at the start of Return of the Jedi), he's remained an enduringly popular character in the Star Wars canon.
We'll bring you more details as we get them. Ahead of the Boba Fett movie, a rumoured Obi-Wan Kenobi movie may start filming in 2019, with Billy Elliot filmmaker Stephen Daldry behind the camera and Star Wars prequel trilogy actor Ewan McGregor returning as the character.
In the meantime, click here to book your tickets for SOLO: A Star Wars Story, out now in Cineworld.