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Boba Fett Concept Art Traces The Evolution Of A Bounty Hunter

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With the canon stripped down to its bare essentials, the Star Wars universe is about to expand massively under the aegis of Disney, this time with a much more tightly policed continuity. We’ve got Star Wars Rebels, and the new comics and novels, and of course the much-anticipated The Force Awakens due later this year. But next year we’ll get something possibly even more cool — the first standalone Star Wars spinoff film. We still don’t know what the movie will be about, but early rumors suggest Boba Fett may play a major role. So what better time to look back at the origins of one of the Star Wars franchise’s fan-favorite characters?

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Vintage Star Wars: 1976 Darth Vader Cosplay And Boba Fett At The County Fair

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As we trudge through the long wait until Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters next year, lots of people have been looking back at the making and origins of the original trilogy we all fell in love with. And thanks to the Internet, we get to see all sorts of amazing things you previously wouldn’t have likely had access to without a tour of Skywalker Ranch or weeks spent digging through archives. Now let’s all take a moment to thank the gods of technology that you can now use this picture of director Joe Johnston’s amazing Darth Vader cosplay as your desktop wallpaper.

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Boba Fett’s Slave 1 Makes For A Pretty Spectacular Lego Set

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Boba1The Star Wars movies are full of iconic spaceships. Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon. The Empire’s massive Star Destroyers. The rival X-wing and TIE fighters. But Boba Fett’s badass Slave 1 has always been one of my favorites, and it was easily the Star Wars toy vehicle I played with the most as a kid. (Granted, I never could afford the Falcon, but still.) And given that Boba Fett is such a fan favorite, even in spite of relatively little screen time, I’m guessing I’m not the only one who loves his sweet ride, even if it does kind of look like an iron. But it looks positively awesome as the star of an upcoming Star Wars Lego set (via Brickset).

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Boba Fett’s Standalone Star Wars Movie Casts Temuera Morrison In The Title Role

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Boba FettIt looks like the Star Wars Boba Fett spinoff movie has found its lead actor. Temuera Morrison has been tapped to portray the iconic Mandalorian bounty hunter.

The New Zealand-born actor is most known for another role in the Star Wars universe: Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones. Jango is the ostensible “father” of Boba, an identical genetic clone that he raised as his own son. So if you were wondering how one actor can play both father and son, that’s how they’re going to pull it off. This won’t be Morrison’s first go round as Han Solo’s arch nemesis—or one of them anyway, the guy has made some enemies. Morrison also voiced Boba Fett in a 2004 special edition of The Empire Strikes Back.

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Disney Allegedly Having Trouble Figuring Out The Boba Fett Movie

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BobaFett-ep6With all the focus on J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII, we still don’t know much about the other planned Star Wars spin-off films. And there should be a lot of them, since Disney seems to be taking the Marvel Cinematic Universe approach now that George Lucas’ fictional universe is under their control. We know Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were hired on to work on the spin-offs, and we’ve heard rumors that the first batch of spin-off films could be prequels/origin stories for Boba Fett, Yoda, and Han Solo. Now the latest Star Wars rumor suggests the Boba Fett movie is proving a tough nut to crack.

MakingStarWars.net is reporting a tidbit from the Disney Executive Breakfast that took place at Disneyworld in Florida recently. Apparently the scuttlebutt being passed back and forth among the staff was that one topic of discussion during the breakfast was that figuring out the right approach for the proposed Boba Fett spin-off has been tricky. MSW says:

Lucasfilm wants Boba Fett to remain menacing and scary but we have to make him the hero of the film and it is a real challenge.

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Boba Fett’s Iconic Mask Gets Its Own Infographic

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FettSmallJust the other day, I made a comment in mixed company that if my wife and I ever got another dog, we should name it Boba. My wife then asked why I would want a dog named Boba, to which a friend said something like, “Because Boba Fett is the coolest character in the Star Wars universe.” While this story would be cooler if it was about my Force talent of making my friends say exactly what I’m thinking, it’s actually about hyper-specific details in Star Wars history: the evolution of Boba Fett’s instantly recognizable mask. Believe it or not, it wasn’t manifested in a dream from the Gods of Awesome.

The Dented Helmet, a website specializing in the entire Boba Fett costume (because the Internet is awesome), researched and designed an infographic that tracks the artistic path taken by each of the six original helmets created in the U.K. for the “Super Trooper” project. (You can click the image above for a larger version.) It’s hard to imagine Boba Fett beginning like as a Broken Lizards movie, but that would make a nifty spinoff idea if the bounty hunter ever indeed gets his own standalone picture. I’m pretty sure you can make a bong out of that mask.