It turns out Boba Fett may make a cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story after all, although most viewers are guaranteed to miss it. It's hard to spot, but the cameo is complicated by the fact that this isn't the Boba Fett fans know and love - not yet.
For some, that alone will mean that this helmeted bounty hunter cameo isn't 'truly' an appearance by Boba Fett, considering how iconic his armor and helmet have become. But it's important to remember that this cameo, if it is what it appears to be, was filmed long before Lucasfilm decided to abandon their Boba Fett movie. Back then, the plan was not only to tell Boba Fett's origin story, but possibly include Alden Ehrenreich's young Han Solo, too. With that in mind, this possible cameo has given us a new theory as to Lucasfilm's grander plan. A plan that may never see the light of day, since Solo's box office scrapped it upon release.
Had it worked, it would have interconnected the standalone Star Wars anthology movies as deeply as the Marvel Cinematic Universe... and would all have started with Boba Fett's cameo in the background of Han Solo's first adventure.
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Boba Fett's Cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story
The cameo is incredibly hard to spot, so it makes sense that it would go unnoticed for so long (despite audiences going into the film actively looking for Boba Fett to make an appearance). Thanks to Reddit user 'TX-Snakebyte' we now know that there are two main reasons why fans can miss it: first, the entire scene set inside The Lodge - the bustling drinking and gaming hall where Han meets Lando - is colored with a deep sepia, and seems intentionally poorly lit on all but the movie's heroes. The second reason? Fans aren't looking for a Mandalorian helmet, but the one seen above: a far less unique helm worn by a man in a high-collared coat, paying close attention to Han Solo and his allies as they make their presence known near a droid cage fight.
The T-shape design on the faceplate will be enough for some to speculate on the rest, but take a closer look at the green color scheme, the red accents below the narrow visor, and the yellow 'killstripes' lined across the front, and the similarities are too obvious to ignore. If this isn't supposed to be Boba Fett in a prototype helmet, then the filmmakers went to an awful lot of detail to make viewers think it was. So allow us to address the immediate, obvious question...
Why is Boba Fett's Helmet Different in Solo?
This detail is likely to cause some skeptics to instantly dismiss the cameo as coincidence - but that would be a mistake. For movie fans, the scene following Jango Fett's death in Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones ended clearly enough: Boba bending down to lift his father's helmet, with viewers left to assume Boba would take it, repaint it, and make it famous as his own. But those who watched the animated Clone Wars series know... that isn't actually what happened.
In fact, fans should never have been looking for Boba Fett's bounty hunter armor in a prequel movie at all... since it probably didn't exist yet. To get into those details, we'll need to dive a bit deeper into the new Star Wars canon to explain why the cameo now makes perfect sense, and how it may all have been leading to the Han Solo/Boba Fett movie crossover long rumored to be Disney's plan.
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