Also in the interview, Iger reaffirmed that Disney would not digitally re-create Carrie Fisher’s General Leia as they had done in last year’s Rogue One, but also stated no other changes were being made to the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi in light of Fisher’s passing earlier this year. “Her performance remains as it was in [Episode] 8,” he said.
The CEO also dropped some hints about the upcoming standalone Han Solo film, confirming some long-standing fan expectations that it would explain how the character came to possess the Millennium Falcon. According to reports, Iger also said that the film will show how Solo met his Wookiee sidekick Chewbacca, and that audiences will “also discover how he got his name,” an unasked question if ever there was one.
Star Wars movies are basically the Hollywood equivalent of printing money, and Rogue One served as a test case to prove that fans will still turn out for Star Wars-adjacent stories. As the Expanded Universe has shown for decades, this franchise is an enormous world with near-limitless potential. And Disney seems keen to push the boundaries of just how many stories they can tell within it. If the Marvel Cinematic Universe is any indication, Disney could certainly make good on its long-term hopes.
This coming December, Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi will drop. In May of 2018, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s currently untitled exploration of Han Solo’s early days (life between the ages of 18 and 24) will help expand the series’ universe even more.