Only six months to go until The Book of Boba Fett graces our screens. The hotly anticipated follow-up to The Mandalorian has been on the cards since that post-credits scene at the end of The Mandalorian‘s second season.
Temuera Morrison is back as the bounty hunter, and the Star Wars actor just shared a surprising detail about the upcoming Disney+ show.
Revealed in a truly dramatic way at the end of The Mandalorian‘s finale, The Book of Boba Fett will debut in December this year. Lucasfilm teased what’s to come by showing a ruthless Boba Fett (Morrison) charge through Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine with his bounty hunter companion, Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), killing everyone in sight. The Palace is where Boba Fett met his supposed demise many years earlier in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), at the hands of Han Solo and a very hungry Sarlacc pit.
While not much is known about the new Disney+ series, it will no doubt feature a lot of bounty hunting, thrilling action and add to Star Wars growing universe. We know that The Book of Boba Fett takes place in the same timeline as The Mandalorian. In fact, a recent report has noted that Fett’s show will serve as The Mandalorian Season 2.5.
What that means is anyone’s guess, but with The Mandalorian Season 3 seemingly a long way off — it hasn’t even started filming according to Din Djarin himself, Pedro Pascal — this could hint that The Book of Boba Fett will play a huge role in the continuity of Jon Favreau’s fan-favorite series. Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka will also feature in this post-ROTJ timeline, but in what capacity we don’t know. The Gina Carano spinoff, Rangers of the New Republic, was set to complete this arc of the Star Wars saga but alas it is “no longer in active development”.
The premise of The Book of Boba Fett is still undisclosed. What we do know is that the series has wrapped filming according to Shand herself, actress Ming-Na Wen. At least the schedule seems to be on track and Star Wars fans can get their fill of new galactic adventures by the end of the year. Sure, The Book of Boba Fett is set after — approximately five years after ROTJ — the events of George Lucas’s original trilogy, but new information has come to light about the show from none other than Morrison himself.
In a recent interview with Rotten Tomatoes, the Boba Fett actor has revealed some key information about the new series.
“Well, we can’t say too much, but we’re going to see his past and where he’s been since The Empire Strikes Back. Somebody pointed out he’s been kind of stuck in this one place, and now’s the time to actually go back in time and check out his journey and find out more about him.”
Morrison’s hint suggests that fans will get to see flashbacks of Fett’s life since his time in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980). This is interesting for a number of reasons. Boba Fett’s onscreen presence was short-lived — he arrived in Empire to track the crew of the Millennium Falcon at Darth Vader’s request and then died not much later in the first act of ROTJ. The interim between Empire and ROTJ is approximately one year, so fans may see what happened to Boba Fett during his time hunting for Jabba the Hutt.
The Marvel Comics series, War of the Bounty Hunters, is in fact doing just that. The huge event has been labored with some impressive marketing and has already seen another live-action character — Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra (Solo: A Star Wars Story) — reenter the Star Wars universe. The first issue tracks the events when Boba Fett loses the galaxy’s most important package — the one and only (carbonite-frozen) Han Solo. So what does that mean for the events in the television show? Will they link up? Will they be overlooked? Only time will tell.
Morrison — who originally played Boba’s father, Jango Fett, in the prequel trilogy — went on to add about the certain level of expectation regarding The Book of Boba Fett now he has been formerly reentered into the live-action Star Wars universe.
So I think with being involved with that last series of The Mandalorian and having a reentry, it has created a little bit more expectation. But yeah, I feel good. We’ve done some good work.
Boba Fett fans are sure to be excited over the series. After all, despite his short appearances onscreen in the Star Wars saga movies and the Star Wars Holiday Special, the character has gone on to achieve cult status among the Star Wars fandom.
Are you excited about The Book of Boba Fett?