The Boba Fett spinoff movie could feature an appearance by Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo. From the looks of things, Lucasfilm is keen on seeing the fan-favorite bounty hunter return to the big screen soon. They nearly officially announced a Boba Fett project from director Josh Trank at Celebration 2015, but pulled the plug prior to the panel. More recently, it was reported Logan director James Mangold is going to call the shots on Boba Fett, co-writing the script with Simon Kinberg. However, the film has yet to be confirmed.
In the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story underperforming at the box office, Lucasfilm is apparently reevaluating their strategies for the Star Wars spinoffs moving forward. This means Boba Fett is on the back-burner for now, though it remains in development. And as fans await word from the studio on the film's status, we now know what they were thinking about in regards to the story.
Author Daniel Keys Moran (via StarWarsInterviews.com) revealed he's previously heard from Disney about the possibility of adapting his short story, The Last One Standing into a Boba Fett movie. For those who don't know, that story is from Legends and explored Boba's history, including his rivalry with everyone's favorite Corellian smuggler.
I’ve had a guy at Disney email me a couple times over the years regarding Lucasfilm adapting “Last One Standing” into a Fett movie. Not asking permission, they own those works, just letting me know they were thinking about it. So that was kind. But after Solo stiffed, apparently there’s some question about the Fett movie being made.
In order to fit with franchise canon, Mangold would not be able to do a direct adaptation of Last One Standing. The story was published in 1996, well before the prequel trilogy revealed Boba's origins as a Jango Fett clone and the Clone Wars animated series covered his early days as a bounty hunter. That being said, Mangold's film could draw inspiration from the short story (possibly in tone and approach) and incorporate certain elements. The Disney-era Star Wars films haven't been averse to pulling from Legends in the past, including several examples in Solo, such as Enfys Nest's Cloud-Riders gang. Of course, depending on how development of Boba Fett shapes up over time, Lucasfilm could go in an entirely different direction altogether.
Should they stick with Last One Standing (particularly the early sections), it would be a good way of utilizing Han again. Solo was a box office failure, but many viewers liked Alden Ehrenreich's performance and felt he was one of the best aspects of the movie. The star even signed a three-picture deal with the studio, and with a proper Solo sequel seemingly unlikely, giving Ehrenreich a key supporting role in a different anthology film could be smart. Fans would love to see Han and Boba cross paths again, especially after the Mandalorian was nowhere to be seen in Solo.
Source: Star Wars Interviews
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