The Internet is melting down based on reports that Bob Iger has confirmed that the Star Wars standalone films will star a young Han Solo and Boba Fett.
Nuke the Fridge is running the story based on multiple sources (including TheForce.Net and MovieWeb.Com.)
As reported earlier by Nuke The Fridge.com, it was said that “origin stories” (meaning character spin-off movies) where being talked about around Disney & Lucasfilm, now Disney CEO Bob Iger is confirming that Han Solo & Boba Fett spin-offs are already in the works.
None of the links to the sources on their page seem to be working, so I had to check out all of the sources they quoted manually, looking for this Bob Iger quote, because him saying, "Boba Fett and Han Solo are getting movies," would be an incredibly big deal.
This would have surely been front page news on those sites, right?
Well, it wasn't. So I dug deeper.
The best I could do was that Nuke the Fridge was trying to pass off old speculation (like this piece from Entertainment Weekly back in February, and this piece on MovieWeb that erroneously piggy backed on Entertainment Weekly's speculation, again back in February.)
Never once is Iger quoted in the way Nuke the Fridge is asserting.
Then, checking TheForce.Net, the closest thing I can see to a young Han Solo movie is their report that Bleeding Cool is asserting that casting for a Young Han Solo has been underway for quite some time. Bleeding Cool has no named sources on their speculative report and don't mention Bob Iger at all.
So, the lesson here?
Nuke the Fridge is a site that seems to cobble together old news and write ledes in irresponsible ways, leading everyone from the 501st to John Q Star Wars fan to think we've got an official Disney confirmation from Bob Iger that Han Solo and Boba Fett are getting spin-off films.
Now, it bears mentioning that we could very well end up getting those films, BUT, there is no confirmation of then. And there's no evidence that Bob Iger has confirmed it. And there's no reason to believe that Nuke the Fridge's report is based on anything but old speculation, reformulated to get your hopes and dreams up.
I've reached out to Nuke the Fridge to see if they have anything else to say, and will update accordingly.