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We don’t know what the Star Wars stand alone movies are going to be about. Initially, there was the belief these films, which Disney will release between the regular episode installments, would be origin story stories. Rumors focused heavily on Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda. As time moves on, however, that seems less and less likely. Now, the more rumblings you hear about the Star Wars stand alone films, the more it seems like they’re going to be stories that live between the other films both on the release calendar and in the Star Wars canon. They may tell stories about smaller, tangential characters that expand and enhance the Episodes. They may even solve some of the unsolved mysteries of the Star Wars universe.

Now, to be fair, we can’t be sure this is the case. For all we know, director Gareth Edwards and writer Gary Whitta will release an origin film as the first stand-alone project on December 16, 2016. But that’s probably not going to happen. No matter what their film or Josh Trank’s 2018 film is, we have a bunch of Star Wars mysteries we think would make good stand alone movies at some point down the road.

Note: Some of these were definitely answered in the Expanded Universe, but since those stories are no longer canon, we’re going to ignore that. Also, we’ve tried to avoid any kind of story that would need younger versions of iconic Star Wars actors.

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How’d the Rebel Alliance get the Death Star plans?

In both A New Hope and Return of the Jedi, we tangentially hear about how people working for the Rebel Alliance stole vital information from the Empire about both Death Stars. Now, you have to imagine the plans stored in R2-D2 that set the entire story in motion must have had some kind of exciting, Ocean’s Eleven type heist story behind their capture. And the “many Bothans” who died to bring the Rebels the plans of the second Death Star is probably something similar. Telling either of these stories, especially the story behind the first Death Star plans, would provide information essential to the fabric of the Star Wars universe. Obviously, some of this could be covered in Star Wars Rebels, but it seems a bit too important for the small screen.

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What’s the history of the Millennium Falcon?

We don’t know a lot about the Millennium Falcon. We know it was Lando Calrissian‘s ship before Han Solo won it from him via some kind of gambling. We know it made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs and that mynocks think it’s delicious. But a ship that changes owners so frequently and has all these records probably has an interesting history. A history that might be worth telling. Where was the ship built? Who was the first owner? Are there others like it? I want to know everything.

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Did Boba Fett get out of the Sarlacc Pit?

With so much discussion about a possible Boba Fett origin film, we’ve largely ignored the obvious way to take his story. Could he actually be alive at the beginning of The Force Awakens? What would you say to a Boba Fett movie that starts with the iconic Bounty Hunter in the bowls of the Sarlacc Pit, he gets out, and finds that the galaxy he once knew has changed forever. What is a bounty hunter to do? In fact, all the other bounty hunters – IG-88, Bossk, etc – are characters ripe to be used in stand-alone movies. In addition, this film could show what Darth Vader meant when he told Fett “No disintegrations.” (Note: George Lucas has said he got out, but we never saw it, so not canon yet.)

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