Rumor of the Day: A Han Solo origin movie may come out in 2016

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Dec 13, 2013, 4:28 PM EST

We've been hearing about these Star Wars "spinoff" movies almost since Disney bought Lucasfilm last year, and now we've got a hint of what the first one might be.

A report by the Las Vegas Guardian Express (via Jedi News) claims that Disney chief financial officer Jay Rasulo, at an investor's conference of Disney stockholders in Beverly Hills, made it clear that the so-called "spinoff" films -- which are tentatively scheduled to come out between installments of the new Star Wars trilogy -- will consist mainly of prequel/origin tales.

Rasulo added that the first of these films will be out in 2016 and will focus on the adventures of a young Han Solo in his early days as a smuggler before becoming part of the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire. If Solo's movie hits box-office paydirt, it will be followed in 2018 and 2020 by movies about Yoda and Boba Fett, respectively.

Now, Rasulo didn't offer up any other details on the Solo film, and it should be noted that the Guardian Express didn't quote him directly. But his comments would seem to jibe with earlier speculation about the "spinoff" movies and what they'll contain.

The only other thing he did note was that while no expense will be spared for the main Star Wars trilogy -- the first of which comes out in December 2015 -- Disney hopes to make the origin movies on tighter budgets.

On the other hand, Disney CEO Robert Iger did say that the Han Solo origin story is being written by Lawrence Kasdan -- who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and is co-writing Episode VII with director J.J. Abrams -- and that it will take place in the 20 years that pass between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope.

Who will play the young Han Solo? Supposedly auditions have already been happening, but there is no official word to back that up. Will Kasdan draw from previously existing work -- like The Han Solo Trilogy, by Ann C. Crispin, which was published in 1997 and 1998 -- or will he come up with an all-new backstory for everyone's favorite Corellian smuggler?

As with everything related to Star Wars these days, the answers remain hidden. But perhaps the biggest question of all is: Do you want to see a "young Han Solo" movie?