Boba Fett Live-Action Series, with Temuera Morrison
A couple of weeks back, during the Disney Investor Webcast, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy laid out all of the upcoming Star Wars movies and Disney+ streaming service series. One rumoured title was notably absent. However, when the final episode of season 2 of The Mandalorian screened last Friday, we got confirmation that a Boba Fett streaming series, starring Temuera Morrison as the titular character, would be arriving via Disney+ in December 2021.
The series will be called The Book of Boba Fett, and will also star Ming-Na Wen as Bounty Hunter Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen will also voice Shand in the upcoming animated series, The Bad Batch).
Many kiwi fans will find it particularly exciting to see New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison return to the Star Wars universe in this ongoing manner. Tem first appeared in a Star Wars role in Episode II: Attack of the Clones, where he played bounty hunter Jango Fett, the clone template/”father” of the Boba Fett character he now embodies (read our Temuera Morrison biography here). He went on to play a several clonetroopers in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, voiced a number of related character in video games including Republic Commando, and provided re-recordings of Boba Fett’s voice that were retroactively added in to current versions of The Empire Strikes Back. Morrison even filmed a Star Wars-themed episode of his own local television interview series The Tem Show.
We still have a wait of nearly a year before The Book of Boba Fett airs on Disney+. At this point we do know that it will be set within the timeline of The Mandalorian, and will broadcast separately but in parallel with season 3 of The Mandalorian in December next year. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are executive producers, and they will be joined by Robert Rodriguez – who directed Chapter 14 (season 2, episode 6) of The Mandalorian, where we first saw an unhelmeted Fett tracking down Din Djarin, seeking the return of his classic dark olive and maroon helmet and armour. Production has already started.
We don’t know a lot of plot details, but the post-credit scene from episode 8 of The Mandalorian season 2 kicked off an introduction to the overall premise… in those closing few minutes [spoilers…] we saw an exterior shot of what used to be the palace of Jabba the Hutt, cutting to Fett and Shand entering the Tatooine stronghold to confront Bib Fortuna, ensconced on his former master’s grand dais (now modified for bipedal humanoid ergonomics). Fortuna is slain unceremoniously at Fett’s hand; Fett takes the throne, and the screen fades to an announcement of the title and release month… “The Book of Boba Fett, Coming December 2021”.
We now wait with bated breath.
Read the official announcement on StarWars.com.