Hardcore Star Wars fans were over the moon when Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and The Mandalorian crew delivered on bringing back to Star Wars one of the most puzzling popular characters in Star Wars lore, Boba Fett. Those same hardcore fans went virtually apoplectic when The Book of Boba Fett was as revealed in the surprise ending to Season 2 of The Mandalorian and that it will be coming to the Disney+ streaming service in the not so very distant future. As details slowly leak concerning the new show, we now find out that not only will we be getting plenty of Boba Fett, but he will be bringing along with him some fan-favorite bounty hunters to boot.
When we last saw our favorite bounty hunter at the end of The Mandalorian season 2 finale, Boba Fett was making his presence known at Jabba’s Palace. It was here that Boba met his demise in Return of the Jedi when Han Solo accidentally set off Fett’s rocket pack, sending Boba into the waiting mouth of the sarlacc in his pit. All these years later we find out that Boba did survive and now he is back look to take what he feels is his. Boba’s arrival at Jabba’s Palace is met with surprise by Bib Fortuna, who had been wearing Jabba’s crown for a long time. Boba makes short work of Fortuna, thus taking Bib’s place on the throne with Fennec Shand standing by his side. While not much is known about the new Fett series, it is assumed that with Fett taking the throne that he will be building his own criminal organization similar to Jabba’s, meaning he will need help from some friends. But which old friends could Boba Fett lean on?
Popular opinion has the bounty hunters Dengar and Bossk as two who’d appear. The duo first became popular in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back so it would make sense to see the pair. Dengar was one of the bounty hunters that Darth Vader hired to capture Han Solo.
Other hunters though to possibly be making an appearance would be IG-88, Embo, and Cad Bane. IG-88 would be an easy addition as fans have already seen an IG in season one of The Mandalorian. Bane, on the other hand, would be a very popular addition since he was considered the de facto leading bounty hunter during the Clone Wars due to the death of Boba’s father, Jango Fett.
Boba Fett’s time in Star Wars lore is that of legend. It doesn’t make sense, but there it is. Fett practically has no lines in the two movies he appears (4 lines, 5 total sentences) but somehow gives off an air of mysterious invincibility, even though he meets his fate in the strangest of ways, especially for being such a “cool” character. But time has done nothing but increase Fett’s popularity, culminating in his appearance in The Mandalorian.
Temuera Morrison plays the legendary bounty hunter, a role he is familiar with (in a way) as he also played Jengo Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. “There were moments when I put the armor on and I was looking at Dave [Filoni] and Jon [Favreau], and the expression on their faces just said it all,” Morrison tells StarWars.com. “It felt good. It felt right. It felt like, ‘Yes, I should be wearing this costume.’ And it gave me this sense of, ‘I’m back.’” And back he was, much to the delight of Star Wars fans across the globe. Morrison had been wanting to return to his Star Wars roots for a long time but it never materialized. There were even Boba Fett projects trying to get off the ground in which Morrison was involved, but they never happened. So when he was asked by Favreau and Filoni to come in and meet with them, his hopes began to rise again. “I went to have a meeting at their office, and I was put in a room to wait. I got there quite early because I was excited, I didn’t want to be late,” Morrison says. “While I was waiting, I was looking at some of the conceptual drawings on the wall, and I suddenly saw an image of a guy that looked like me. I said, ‘Jeez, I’m sure that’s me there.’ But I didn’t want to get too excited.” Even though he tempered his own excitement, he had no reason to. Favreau and Filoni wanted him back as Boba and Morrison was thrilled to say yes. The rest, as they say, is history…and the future.
There is no scheduled premiere date for The Book of Boba Fett but rest assured, it’s on its way. Could there be more bounty hunters we haven’t named coming along for the ride? Tell us what you think.