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Robert Rodriguez says he'd direct a Han Solo Star Wars spin-off

Robert Rodriguez will have Star Wars fanboys-and-girls bubbling with excitement at the admission that he'd be up for directing a Han Solo spin-off.

In a chat with MTV (opens in new tab) , the Sin City , Desperado and Spy Kids filmmaker said, "I don't mind them doing more Star Wars . I also like the whole idea of them doing off-shoot films, like you just have a Boba Fett movie over here.

"There's so much you can do. George has built such an enormous world... Who's going to live up that? It's almost like they should just branch it out, and let people play with those characters. There's such rich stuff."

Rodriguez goes on to explain the influence George Lucas' space operas had on him, and thinks that the bearded director would suggest he created his own sci-fi universe.

But Rodriguez admits that, if pressed, he wouldn't be able to resist doing a Han Solo movie. "If there was something that somebody said, 'Here, Han Solo, his own adventures.' I'd go do that."

While it's all just banter at this stage, it's enough to incite feverish alternate-universe daydreams of what might be. The only problem is, who could convincingly essay a young Harrison Ford?

Rodriguez is currently working on comic-book sequel/prequel Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which is earmarked for a 4 October 2013 release. He has also wrapped shooting on Mexploitation follow-up Machete Kills , due out in September 2013.

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.