The original trilogy of Star Wars films was filled with memorable characters, some of whom are the most popular of all-time. However, there was one supporting character that stole the show from the shadows. The Mandalorian armored bounty hunter, Boba Fett, has been a fan favorite ever since his introduction, which is what made him an often suggested choice to lead his own spin-off film. The project moved fairly deep into pre-production with Josh Trank (Fantastic Four) attached to direct and a reported sizzle reel created in 2015.
Since then, the possibility of a Boba Fett movie has become increasingly hazy, with no definitive news about a release date, director, or cast. While it seemed Lucasfilm may have cooled on the idea, a new listing may point to the film being put back into development.
My Entertainment World (via Omega Underground) have re-listed the film as an upcoming project scheduled to film in London just as the previous Star Wars films have. Although there is no other information given at this time, the site does list a story that paints the focus on Boba Fett's origin, though that has not been confirmed to be the direction they would take this movie, if it does in fact happen.
While the movie has yet to be officially announced, signs are once again pointing to Fett making a triumphant return to the big screen. If this does happen, it should be interesting to see if it is a true origin story, and if so if it will re-tell elements from the prequel trilogy. Disney has also confirmed Boba Fett made it out of the Sarlacc Pit alive, so a solo project could feasibly take place between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
The timing of this rumor for a Boba Fett-centered anthology film falls right on the heels of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opening big, with projections of it having an incredibly strong second week. Disney is currently looking to flesh out the cast of Han Solo as well as wrap production on Episode VIII. After Episode IX potentially starts production in April, it could be Fett that becomes the priority for the studio. If he is, in fact, the star of the third anthology film, that means fans can expect to see him on the big screen once again in 2020.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019