Nearly a year after Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shand took Jabba the Hutt’s throne on Tatooine in The Mandalorian’s post-credits scene, Lucasfilm’s next live-action series – and the galaxy’s most famous bounty hunter – is set to take centre stage in The Book of Boba Fett on Disney+.
Star Wars fans are hoping that the 7-episode series, created by The Mandalorian showrunners Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and director Robert Rodriguez, will not only continue Fett’s storey but also explain how the original trilogy character survived his rather anti-climatic death in 1983’s Return of the Jedi and how Cobb Vanth obtained his armour.
As the show’s December 29, 2021, Disney+ premiere date approaches, Boba Fett’s Temuera Morrison teased what fans can expect from The Book of Boba Fett while offering answers to long-awaited questions.
In an interview with SFX magazine concerning the bounty hunter’s history, Temuera Morrison, who plays Boba Fett, stated that “there will absolutely be a number of answers” to Boba’s strange survival following his previously thought death in Return of the Jedi:
“There will definitely be a number of answers. Some long-winded answers. Some short and sharp answers. Some colorful answers. We’re filling a lot of gaps.”
Boba will not be alone as his new series delves into his background and his current position of power on Tatooine. Fennec Shand, played by Ming-Na Wen, will be by Boba Fett’s side after saving her life in Season 1 of The Mandalorian, and their bond appears to be a significant element of The Book of Boba Fett.
Fennec Shand, who recently voiced her character in the animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch, regards “her association with Boba Fett as a very sensible move,” according to Wen, who recently voiced her character in the anime series Star Wars: The Bad Batch.
“In The Book Of Boba Fett there will be a lot of exploration of the dynamics between Boba Fett and Fennec Shand, how they complement each other, and what they get out of that relationship. He’s someone she respects and they have definitely bonded with him saving her. It allowed her to realise that she might be better off not being solo anymore. She sees her alliance with Boba Fett as a very smart move, in the sense that she’ll have somebody watching her back. And even though it might be an extra baggage to have to align herself with someone else, the reward for her at the moment is greater.”
Wen also mentioned that her character and Boba Fett share more than just professions. “They both have a fragility that they understand,” the actress said of their close encounters with death.
“And, you know, Boba perished – or so we thought – in the Sarlacc pit, so I believe they both had those near-death experiences. They are both aware of their vulnerability.”
To date, much of the Star Wars content available on Disney+ has filled in the gaps between the trilogies while also delivering new, fresh stories and giving balance to the Star Wars fan base. Even though The Book of Boba Fett is only Lucasfilm’s second live-action series for the streaming service, it appears to follow its predecessors’ footsteps by offering fans what they want while also serving a new storey and direction.
While fans will love seeing more of Jabba’s Palace and an almost-certain return to that disastrous Sarlaac pit, both fan-favourite locales are vital to the tale because they’ve impacted who Boba Fett has become and what he’ll do in the future.