The Star Wars universe is expansive, detailed and one that inspires fervent devotion in its fandom. Beyond the films, official novels and the expanded universe kept fans hooked and developed countless side characters from bit-part players to crucial components of the franchise. Now that we’re in the new age of the franchise, Disney and Lucasfilm have decided to keep the galaxy growing beyond the central narrative, primarily through prequels that spin-off past the adventures of the Skywalker clan. First, there was Rogue One, then there was Solo, and now it seems that we are going to get the story of Boba Fett.
A Boba Fett film has been discussed for some time, with rumors indicating that Josh Trank was in line to direct before he left the franchise. The project sat in limbo until this week, when stories began to surface that Logan director James Mangold had signed on to write and direct a film centered on the series’ most enigmatic bounty hunter. Right now, nothing has been confirmed by Lucasfilm or Disney, but given how frequently the rumors of a Boba Fett movie appear, it seems all but assured that such a project will make its way to production in the near future.
As a character in the original trilogy, Boba Fett’s contribution came down to a couple of lines of dialogue, a rather undignified death at the jaws of the sarlacc, and one hell of a costume. For whatever reason, he captured the imaginations of fans, and by the time we got to the prequels, his origin was established. Fans saw Boba as a child in Attack of the Clones - the unaltered clone of bounty hunter Jango Fett, who was played by Temuera Morrison. After watching his father die at the hands of Mace Windu, his fate was sealed. Fett appears in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and is featured extensively in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where it was shown that he survived his death in Return of the Jedi. Legends is no longer canon, nor are his appearances in the expanded universe where his character was truly established. While this may be a disappointment to many fans, it presents various creative opportunities for the franchise as it stands.
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Justice For Aurra Sing (and a Han Cameo)
There are threads from Solo that could set up a Boba Fett movie in this current continuity. In The Clone Wars series, Boba is trained by Aurra Sing, a bounty hunter and expert assassin who worked with him to seek vengeance on Mace Windu. She is positioned as something of a mother figure to Boba, and is arguably the biggest influence on him aside from his father. At some point after the Clone Wars, Sing was killed by Tobias Beckett, a smuggler for hire who is played by Woody Harrelson in Solo. While Beckett is no longer around for Boba Fett to seek his own revenge on, his pseudo-protégé Han Solo is.
A cameo from Han and Chewie feels almost necessary in any movie made about Fett. Fans are aware of their sordid histories and how their paths crossed over frequently during their various criminal activities. Solo sets up various opportunities for Fett to appear in a sequel – if Han is off to work for Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine, there’s no way he won’t bump into Fett at least once – so it makes sense for the favor to be returned.
One of the moments from the original trilogy that made Fett so intriguing to fans was Darth Vader telling him not to disintegrate his targets. Given how little time we get with the character, it felt notable that even Vader, one of the galaxy's most feared figures, had to tell this particular bounty hunter not to turn people into piles of ash. It made him seem more notorious than the rest of the scum and villainy who had been sent out to find Han and company. Any film showing Fett's story would need to back up that legend and show why he's earned that reputation. We know what happens when someone is shot with a blaster or struck down with a lightsaber: What happens when Boba Fett disintegrates you?
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
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