When The Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012 it was announced shortly thereafter that, in addition to Star Wars episodes VII to IX, a series of stand-alone film was in development. The first of the standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters next month followed by a film about the adventures of young Han Solo in summer 2018. Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy spoke with Variety about the upcoming spin-off films and discussed the stylistic approach they have taken for both projects to differentiate them from the rest of the Star Wars saga.
For Rogue One, which tells the story of the rebel spies who stole the plans to the Death Star shortly before A New Hope begins, Kennedy explains they looked to a genre that has informed the Star Wars franchise since the beginning. Variety reports:
Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy describes the movie as a World War II-style adventure. “We felt that’s so indicative of what those saga films are,” says Kennedy. “Initially, we probably will begin the film in a way that is traditional, with just the title.”
Kennedy revealed that the young Han Solo film will be stylistically similar to a different genre.
“This moves closer to a heist or Western type feel. We’ve talked about [Frederic] Remington and those primary colors that are used in his paintings defining the look and feel of the film.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released in theaters on December 16, 2016.
The Young Han Solo film is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 25, 2018.