Forget about Boba Fett, Han Solo, Obi-Wan, Jabba or Yoda. The new Star Wars stand-alone movies will be based on characters outside the stories from Episode I to Episode IX. At least that's what our source JediDigger told us...
Few days ago I was discussing again the EU rumors with JediDigger and managed to get some info about the upcoming spin-off movies that was quite shocking for me. Of course that is if they turn out to be right. JD was very cautious about what he could share with me because of the really tight security around Lucasfilm and Disney and the possibility to track down the source of the rumors.
As before JD stood behind his words that some of the characters, in the new continuity will be based on EU characters. Also he mentioned that the core of the new continuity is the Prequel Trilogy, The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels, The Original Trilogy, The Sequel Trilogy and of course the Spin-Offs with everything circling them (which is not surprising at all).
He once again said that The EU which began with The Thrawn Trilogy from Bantam and Dark Empire from Dark Horse is over and it doesn't count to the new stories coming out.
Later we discussed the latest rumors about the possible delay of the spin-off movies and especially Ali Arikan's tweet.
Hey Lucasfilm. This might be a good day to tell the world that the first Star Wars spin-off film has been pushed back to 2017.
— Ali Arikan (@aliarikan) January 31, 2014
JD said that there is no delay with the spin-offs, they are just being kept under tight security and there's a particular reason for this, unfortunately he didn't want to say what that reason is, but it's somehow connected with Episode 7.
Still he was able to share that the spin-off movies won't be about Han, Boba or any other character that we know from the movieverse (Episode 1-9). When I asked him if they will be about new characters or ones from the EU, he refused to answer.
And if we look back at one of Kathleen Kennedy's comments about the spin-off movies you can definitely see that she was hinting the same thing.
"The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that [George Lucas] created. ... There is no attempt being made to carry characters [from the standalone films] in and out of the saga episodes." (via playlist)
I know this comment could be interpret in several ways but JediDigger was clear that this is indeed the case, sharing also that he knows the actual stories of the spin-off movies. He refused to say more about the stories.
Now this will be a good test for JediDigger's credibility for those who doubt him. Unfortunately the development of this story won't come soon enough. According to JD we won't get details about the spin-offs till sometime next year. This year belongs to Star Wars: Rebels and Episode VII.
Quite frankly this rumor was really shocking to me. It'll turn things upside down. We've heard so many rumors about the Han Solo and Boba Fett movies. Even movie directors said they know for sure that the first spin-off movie will be about Boba Fett and that it'll be written by Lawrence Kasdan himself. I can't wait to see the development of this.
Of course until there's an official confirmation from Lucasfilm and/or Disney treat this as a rumor.