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Disney chief reveals new details on upcoming Star Wars films

Luke: he’s a talker.

Details on upcoming Star Wars films are usually harder to find than Death Star plans. But Disney CEO Bob Iger just dropped a few key details about The Last Jedi and the untitled young Han Solo movie in an on-stage interview Thursday.

Iger was being interviewed by the dean of USC’s Annenberg school, Willow Bay — who also happens to be his wife. When Bay asked about the galaxy far, far away, according to a reporter in the audience, Iger was more than forthcoming.

On The Last Jedi, in theaters this December, Iger confirmed that Mark Hamill "has a big role" and "will do a lot of talking," the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Fritz reported.

Mark Hamill has a big role in episode 8 and will do "a lot of talking," says Iger

— Ben Fritz (@benfritz) March 23, 2017

That would make a distinct change from The Force Awakens, where Hamill’s character didn’t get to say a single word. But it also makes sense: Luke has a lot of ‘splaining to do, on a lot of fronts.

As for the young Han Solo movie, Iger revealed that the film will follow Alden Ehrenreich’s smuggler hero all the way through his late teenage years and into his twenties. It’s an origin story that will include Han and Chewbacca’s very first meeting:

Han Solo movie will follow him from age 18 through 24 and show him finding the Falcon, meeting Chewbacca, and getting his name, Iger says

That time scale represents a departure for a Star Wars film; none of the previous movies have covered more than a few days or weeks of action.

However, we’re wary on that detail about Han "finding" the Falcon — as any good Star Wars fan knows, the scruffy-looking nerf herder won the ship from Lando Calrissian (played here by Donald Glover) in a game of Sabaac.

With Han Solo filming well underway, and Woody Harrelson revealing the name of his character in the film, it’s going to be a long and tantalizing wait for the movie’s release, currently set for May 2018.