Yoda, Darth Vader set to star in Star Wars spin-offs

Feb 6, 2013

Disney, the new owner of LucasFilms, confirms series of 'stand-alone' Star Wars movies

STAR WARS characters such as Yoda, Darth Vader and Chewbacca may star in their own movies under a plan by the sci-fi franchise's new owner Disney to make a series of spin-off films.

Disney, which bought Lucasfilm last year for more than $4bn, has already said it will make three new episodes of Star Wars over a six-year period starting in 2015. Now the company's chief executive Bob Iger has told CNBC that rumours about spin-off films centred on individual characters are true. Iger said Disney was "working on a few" titles that were not part of the overall saga.

The Disney chief said the stand-alone films would be made within the same time period as the new chapters of Star Wars and the team that is writing those movies – British-born screenwriter Simon Kinberg and American writer/producer Larry Kasdan – would be involved. "We have opportunity and good ideas out there, and creators who are really interested in flushing out those ideas, and we're going for it", Iger told CNBC.

The pop culture website Craveonline says it has heard that Yoda - the diminutive Jedi Master chosen as the 25th greatest movie character of all time by Empire – would be the first Star Wars character to get his own movie. But Craveonline has compiled its own list of worthy spin-off stars and suggests Darth Vader, Chewbacca and the X-Wing pilot, Wedge Antilles, as three possible contenders.

CNET agrees that Yoda is an "obvious choice" for the first standalone movie, but suggests Han Solo and Princess Leia as "other good choices".

"Disney and LucasFilm could even decide to give Luke Skywalker his own film, although one could argue that that's already been done," CNET writes, a reference to the first Star Wars movie that focuses on Skywalker's transition from farm boy to galactic adventurer.

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