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Everything We Know About Boba Fett's Backstory

Most moviegoers know Boba Fett as "that guy with the cool armor," but the reported Boba Fett movie could finally change that, giving the infamous bounty hunter a proper canon backstory.

Afer Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Episode IX is the only other movie Lucasfilm has given a release date. However, there are a number of other projects in the works, including a Boba Fett movie, which is expected to be written and directed by James Mangold. Mangold is best known for his work in the Western genre, having made his mark with both modern and period takes on the genre like Cop Land, Logan, and the 2007 remake of 3:10 to Yuma.

Presumably, Boba Fett will aim to strike a similar Western tone. Boba Fett is a bounty hunter: a man of few words who wears an intimidating outfit and lets his gun do the talking. Although he starred in the animated segment of the often-derided Star Wars Holiday Special, he made his proper live-action debut in The Empire Strikes Back (he was later retroactively inserted into the Special Edition of A New Hope). Fett is hired by Darth Vader to track down Han Solo and Princess Leia in an effort to lure Luke Skywalker into a trap, using his friends as bait. He ultimately follows them to Cloud City, where the Empire captures the Rebels. Boba Fett finally meets his end in the first act of Return of the Jedi, in which he is unceremoniously – and accidentally – dispatched by a blind Han Solo, who inadvertently strikes his jetpack and sends him plummeting into the hungry mouth of the Sarlacc.

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For such a seemingly minor character, Boba Fett developed a massive fandom, which will reach its culmination in the upcoming James Mangold film. Throughout the Expanded Universe, the prequel trilogy, and the animated television shows, and one tragically-canceled video game, much effort has been made to elaborate upon Boba Fett's backstory.

Boba Fett in the Expanded Universe

Boba Fett Star Wars Artwork

In the years before the Star Wars prequels shed a light on Boba Fett's true backstory, the Expanded Universe's novels, comics, and other side-stories offered its own origin story for the bounty hunter, including one which suggested he was a disgraced Stormtrooper who went rogue. In a clever retcon, Boba would later suggest that he created a series of false backstories for himself as a way to cover up his tracks.

More important than his past, however, was Boba Fett's survival of the events of Return of the Jedi. Although the film shows him being devoured by the Sarlacc, the legend goes that George Lucas considered adding a shot of Fett surviving and climbing out of the Pit of Carkoon in a DVD or Blu-ray release. Ultimately, he decided against it, fearing that the seemingly minor addition would undermine the story at hand and give false hope that Fett would reappear later on in the film.

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After recovering from his ordeal with the sarlacc, Boba Fett returns to bounty hunting and made numerous appearances in the EU, including the Young Jedi Knights series, a cameo in the controversial (and massive) New Jedi Order saga, and, in Legacy of the Force, Boba trained Jedi Knight Jaina Solo when she prepared to take down her brother, Jacen, who had turned to the Dark Side of the Force.

Of course, this was all retconned out of existence in 2014, when Lucasfilm decided to reboot the Expanded Universe so that the new movies would not be constrained by the events of the EU. Jacen and Jaina Solo don't exist anymore... But Boba Fett's survival of the Sarlacc has also been undone. For now.

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