In 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Spock (Leonard Nimoy) — while speaking of his imminent retirement — tells Kim Catrall’s Lt. Valeris, “Nature abhors a vaccum.” It turns out Star Trek isn’t the only space-faring franchise in which the iconic Vulcan’s words ring true. According to a new interview, in The Book of Boba Fett it will be a vacuum left behind by one of Star Wars‘ most infamous villains concerning the series’ titular antihero.
The interview excerpt comes courtesy of Empire, who spoke to The Book of Boba Fett executive producer Jon Favreau about the upcoming series. Set roughly five years after 1983’s Return of the Jedi, the new series finds the sector of space controlled by the Hutts experiencing a power vacuum in the wake of Jabba the Hutt’s death. While Bib Fortuna (Matthew Wood) — who Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett kills in the post-credits scene of the season 2 The Mandalorian finale — took over after Jabba’s death, he was not the crimelord Jabba was. So, the new series opens with Fett as the new head of a crime organization far from its prime.
The Book of Boba Fett will also find its main character in a situation he isn’t used to — being a newcomer. While Fett is used to being a bounty hunter, Favreau explains, there’s a difference between being the muscle and being the guy giving orders. “[Boba Fett is] not experienced at running a criminal syndicate or managing forces,” Favreau told Empire. “He’s not normally a newcomer. He’s an expert as we see him in most areas. But in this case, he’s trying to transition to another position.” And while he’s busy dealing with his learning curve, rival gangsters are circling Jabba’s old territory like vultures.
It’s only speculation, but one of the rival organizations Boba Fett will need to deal with may have been teased in the very beginning of The Mandalorian‘s second season. In the season 2 premiere, when he’s being interrogated by Mando (Pedro Pascal), Gor Koresh (John Leguizamo) swears he’s telling the truth about another Mandalorian being on Tattooine “by the Gotra!” First mentioned in the 2014 James Luceno novel Tarkin, the Droid Gotra is essentially a mafia comprised of droids. Koresh’s utterance is the first time they’re brought up outside of printed media. It could be we’ll finally see them in live-action when The Book of Boba Fett premieres.
In spite of the streaming premiere of The Book of Boba Fett a little over a month away, Disney has managed to keep many details about the series secret. Beyond Temuera Morrison in the lead role, Ming-Na Wen reprising the role of Fennec Shand, and Jennifer Beals of Flashdance fame playing a Twi’lek, very little is known even about the show’s cast. There are rumors, of course, including of a massive Mandalorian throw-down and a report that Boba Fett may tame and ride one of the monstrous kaiju-sized rancors for a battle scene. At least some of our questions should be answered when the series premieres Wednesday, December 29 on Disney+.